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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  

Duke Box: 90312
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 (Fall 2019):

    • Pubpol 303d.002, Microeconomic policy tools Synopsis
      Sanford 03, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    • Pubpol 304.02, Econ of the pub sec Synopsis
      Sanford 04, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM; Sanford 03, F 12:00 PM-12:50 PM
    • Pubpol 811.01, Microeco: policy appl Synopsis
      Sanford 03, MW 01:40 PM-02:55 PM
    • Pubpol 901.01, Pol. econ. of pubpol Synopsis
      Sanford 224, W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

    Recent Publications   (More Publications)

    1. Herrera, D; Pfaff, A; Robalino, J. "Impacts of protected areas vary with the level of government: Comparing avoided deforestation across agencies in the Brazilian Amazon.." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116.30 (July, 2019): 14916-14925. [doi]  [abs]
    2. Naidoo, R; Gerkey, D; Hole, D; Pfaff, A; Ellis, AM; Golden, CD; Herrera, D; Johnson, K; Mulligan, M; Ricketts, TH; Fisher, B. "Evaluating the impacts of protected areas on human well-being across the developing world.." Science Advances 5.4 (April, 2019): eaav3006. [doi]  [abs]
    3. 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]
    4. 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]
    5. Panlasigui, S; Jimena Rico-Straffon, ; Alexander Pfaff, ; Jennifer Swenson, ; Colby Loucks,. "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]

    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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