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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

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

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. 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." 12 (March, 2018). [doi]  [abs]
    2. 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 USA 115.9 (February, 2018): 2084-2089. [doi]  [abs]
    3. 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]
    4. 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]
    5. Pfaff, A; Robalino, J. "Spillovers from Conservation Programs." Annual Review of Resource Economics 9.1 (October, 2017): 299-315. [doi]

    Highlight:
    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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