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Alexander Pfaff, Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Environmental Sciences and 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

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Fisher, B; Herrera, D; Adams, D; Fox, HE; Gallagher, L; Gerkey, D; Gill, D; Golden, CD; Hole, D; Johnson, K; Mulligan, M; Myers, SS; Naidoo, R; Pfaff, A; Rasolofoson, R; Selig, ER; Tickner, D; Treuer, T; Ricketts, T. "Can nature deliver on the sustainable development goals?." The Lancet. Planetary Health 3.3 (March, 2019): e112-e113. [doi]
    2. Pfaff, A; Rodriguez, LA; Shapiro-Garza, E. "Collective Local Payments for ecosystem services: New local PES between groups, sanctions, and prior watershed trust in Mexico." Water Resources and Economics (January, 2019). [doi]  [abs]
    3. Panlasigui, S; Rico-Straffon, J; Pfaff, A; Swenson, J; Loucks, C. "Impacts of certification, uncertified concessions, and protected areas on forest loss in Cameroon, 2000 to 2013." Biological Conservation 227 (November, 2018): 160-166. [doi]  [abs]
    4. Pfaff, A; Robalino, J; Reis, EJ; Walker, R; Perz, S; Laurance, W; Bohrer, C; Aldrich, S; Arima, E; Caldas, M; Kirby, K. "Roads & SDGs, tradeoffs and synergies: Learning from Brazil’s Amazon in distinguishing frontiers." Economics: the Open Access, Open Assessment E Journal 12 (March, 2018). [doi]  [abs]
    5. Tesfaw, AT; Pfaff, A; Golden Kroner, RE; Qin, S; Medeiros, R; Mascia, MB. "Land-use and land-cover change shape the sustainability and impacts of protected areas.." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115.9 (February, 2018): 2084-2089. [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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