I am an applied economist motivated by the analysis of how policy incentives affect behavior of agricultural producers and influence deforestation in developing countries. I am working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with the Gibbs lab.
My recent research has been conducted in the context of two modern types of environmental policies. First, payments for environmental services are a contract-based mechanism that pays landowners to preserve forests. Second, zero-deforestation commitments are an environmental supply-chain policy often made as a response to threats to brand reputation. The impacts of those two policies and their interactions with agriculture are still not well understood. From my experience with NGOs, government, private sector and academia, I am motivated to examine how policies might go awry, either because they are undermined by other policies, or through leakage and laundering that occur as a result of the environmental policy itself.
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