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Alexander Pfaff, Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Economics and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative  

Email Address: alex.pfaff@duke.edu
Web Page: http://alexpfaff.com/

Areas of Expertise

    Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995
    B.A., Yale University, 1988

    Teaching (Spring 2018):

    • Pubpol 303d.002, Microeconomic policy tools Synopsis
      Rubenstein 153, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    • Pubpol 579s.01, Collective action Synopsis
      Rubenstein 149, M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Pfaff, A; Robalino, J. "Spillovers from Conservation Programs." Annual Review of Resource Economics 9.1 (November, 2017). [doi]
    2. Kaczan, D; Pfaff, A; Rodriguez, L; Shapiro-Garza, E. "Increasing the impact of collective incentives in payments for ecosystem services." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 86 (November, 2017): 48-67. [doi]
    3. Herrera, D; Ellis, A; Fisher, B; Golden, CD; Johnson, K; Mulligan, M; Pfaff, A; Treuer, T; Ricketts, TH. "Upstream watershed condition predicts rural children's health across 35 developing countries.." Nature Communications 8.1 (October, 2017): 811. [doi]  [abs]
    4. Alpízar, F; Nordén, A; Pfaff, A; Robalino, J. "Unintended Effects of Targeting an Environmental Rebate." Environmental and Resource Economics 67.1 (May, 2017): 181-202. [doi]
    5. Alpízar, F; Nordén, A; Pfaff, A; Robalino, J. "Spillovers from targeting of incentives: Exploring responses to being excluded." Journal of Economic Psychology 59 (April, 2017): 87-98. [doi]  [abs]

    Alex Pfaff is a Professor of Public Policy, Economics and Environment. Trained as an economist, he is focused on how the environment and natural resources, economic development, and a range of policies influence each other.

    Research accessible at AlexPfaff.com

    He has studied: impacts on forests of protected areas, incentives, roads, railroads and concessions/certification (Brazil’s Amazon, Costa Rica, United States, Panama, Madagascar, Mexico, Peru, Cameroon, Bolivia); institutional responses to water shocks (Brazil’s Northeast, Colombia, Mexico); drivers of harmful exposures (groundwater arsenic in Bangladesh, stove emissions in China & Pakistan); and incentives for firms to self-audit and disclose (United States). This applied research aims to increase the chance that policies have their intended impacts upon not only the environment but also the people affected.

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