Jeffrey R. Vincent, Clarence F. Korstian Professor of Forest Economics and Management and Sanford School of Public Policy  

Office Location: A118 LSRC
Office Phone: (919) 613-8025
Duke Box: 90328
Email Address:

Areas of Expertise

  • Environment and Energy, Environmental Law, Regulation and Policy

PhD, Yale University
MS, Michigan State University
AB, Harvard University

Research Categories: economics of natural resource management and policy in developing countries, with an emphasis on forests, agriculture, and water in Asia.

Teaching (Spring 2014):

  • Environ 531.02, Econ valuation of the environ Synopsis
    Lsrc b101, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
  • Environ 898.05, Program area seminar Synopsis
    French sci 2231, F 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. B, Alkire, J. Meara, J.R. Vincent. "Benefit-cost analysis of providing Caesarean delivery for obstructed labor." Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries, 3rd ed. (Oxford University Press)  (Submitted, 2013).
  2. S. Ferreira, K. Hamilton, J.R. Vincent. "Does development reduce fatalities from natural disasters? New evidence for floods." Environmental & Development Econ (2013).
  3. J.R. Vincent, R.T. Carson, J.R. DeShazo, K.A. Schwabe, I. Ahmad, Chong S.K., Chang Y.T., M.D. Potts. "Developing countries may be willing to pay to protect their own tropical forests." PNAS  (Submitted, 2013).
  4. J. S. Tan-Soo, N. Adnan, I. Ahmad, S. K. Pattanayak & J. R. Vincent. "Converting tropical rainforests to oil palm and rubber increased flood duration in Malaysia." PNAS  (Submitted, 2013).
  5. J.R. DeShazo, R.T. Carson, K.A. Schwabe, J.R. Vincent, I. Ahmad, Chong S.K., Chang Y.T.. "Using Surveys to Value Protection and Recreational Use of Tropical Forests: Part 1—Survey Instrument Development and Structure." Journal of Tropical Forest Science  (Submitted, 2013).

Curriculum Vitae

Jeffrey R. Vincent is the Clarence F. Korstian Professor of Forest Economics and Management in the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University. Vincent’s research focuses on the economics of natural resource management and policy in developing countries. Currently, his two main projects are a 5-year project with the Forest Research Institute Malaysia on biodiversity conservation in tropical landscapes affected by commercial logging, and an ongoing project on the joint impacts of brown clouds and greenhouse gases on climate change, water, and agriculture in South Asia.

He has also worked extensively on the adjustment of national income and wealth accounts for resource depletion. Vincent’s books include the Handbook of Environmental Economics (North-Holland, three volumes, 2003, 2005) and Managing Natural Wealth: Environment and Development in Malaysia (RFF Press, 2005). His articles have appeared in environmental economics journals, including the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, and Environmental and Resource Economics; economic development journals, including the World Bank Economic Review, Economic Development and Cultural Change, and World Development; forestry journals, including Forest Science and the Journal of Forestry; and general science journals, such as Science. He received the Cozzarelli Prize for the best article in applied biological, agricultural, and environmental sciences published in the Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2006 and the McKinsey Award for the most significant article published in the Harvard Business Review in 2003.

Vincent serves on the board of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics in Stockholm, Sweden, and the international advisory committees of the South Asian Network of Development and Environmental Economists (SANDEE) and the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA). He consults regularly for the World Bank and other international organizations. He has directed or worked on projects in Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Prior to joining Duke in July 2007, he held positions in the Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego (2001-7); the Institute for International Development at Harvard University (1990-2001); and the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University (1987-90). He has degrees from Yale University (Ph.D., 1988), Michigan State University (M.S., 1984), and Harvard University (A.B., 1981).

Jeffrey R. Vincent