Marc N. Conte
Department of Economics
441 East Fordham Rd
Bronx, NY 10458
Email: mconte7 "at" fordham.edu
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Fordham University. During my graduate studies at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, where I was a trainee in the NSF-funded IGERT Economics and Environmental Sciences program, I began to explore the ability with which policy mechanisms can increase the provision of environmental public goods. As a research fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, I was a principal developer of InVEST, a software package aimed at providing information to policy-makers about the tradeoffs associated with resource-use decisions, with a focus on ecosystem services.
My primary research interests relate to the provision of environmental public goods. Using techniques from applied microeconomics and experimental economics, my research explores the outcomes of voluntary and governmental programs aimed at achieving more efficient levels of environmental public good provision. I have explored such programs in the context of carbon offsets, charitable giving to conservation organizations, green energy programs, and payments for ecosystem services. I am quite interested in land-use decisions, and while at Stanford University, where I contributed to the Natural Capital Project, I led projects focused on this issue for the United States Department of Defense, the State Legislature of Hawai'i, and provincial governments in Indonesia.
- District Subdivision and the Location of Smallholder Forest Conversion in Sumatra (with P. Shaw)
Revision Requested at Land Economics.
- An Imperfect Storm: FEMA, Private Climate Insurers, and Climate Change (with D. Kelly)
Revision Requested at Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.
- Perceived Image, Social Comparison, and Charitable Giving: Evidence from a Field Experiment
Under Review at Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
- Applying an Ecosystem-Services Approach to Public Land Management--A Pathway toward Changes on the Ground (with S. Ma, J. Duggan, B. Eichelberger, Y.B. Ghile, P.J. Dennedy-Frank, J.R. Foster, K.L. Oristaglio, H.M. Westbury, M.H. Ruckelshaus, and G. Daily)
Under review at Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
- Estimating the Magnitude and Social Cost of the Forest Carbon Edge Effect: Evidence from Detailed, Fine-Scale Data in Sumatra (with P. Shaw, A. Baccini, R. Sharp, and R. Chaplin-Kramer)
Under review at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
- Private Benefits of Conservation and Procurement Auction Performance (with R. Griffin)
- Hurricane Damages, Income, Institutions, and Adaptation (with D. Kelly)
- When Do Voluntary Environmental Programs Succeed? Evidence from Green Electricity and All U.S. Utilities.
with G. Jacobsen. 2017. Forthcoming in Energy Economics.
- Quality Information and Procurement Auction Outcomes.
with R. Griffin. 2017. Forthcoming in American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
- Valuation of Ecosystem Services to Inform Management of Multiple-Use Landscapes.
with S. Ma, J.M. Duggan, B.A. Eichelberger, B.W. McNally, J.R. Foster, E. Pepi, G.C. Daily, and G. Ziv. 2016. Ecosystem Services 19: 6-18.
- Ecosystem Services Reinforce Sumatran Tiger Conservation in Land Use Plans.
with N.K. Bhagabati, T. Ricketts, T. Sulistyawan, D. Ennaanay, O. Hadian, E. McKenzie, N. Olwero, A. Rosenthal, H. Tallis, and S. Wolny. 2014. Biological Conservation 169: 147-156.
- Explaining the Price of Voluntary Carbon Offsets.
with M.J. Kotchen. Climate Change Economics, 1(2):19-38,
2010. PDF (NBER Working Paper 15294)
- Projecting Global Land-Use Change and its Effect on Ecosystem Service Provision and Biodiversity with Simple Models. with E.J. Nelson, H. Sander, P. Hawthorne, D. Ennaanay, S. Wolny, S. Manson, and S. Polasky. PLoS ONE, 5(12): 1-222, 2010.
- Valuing Ecosystem Services. In Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, 2nd Edition, edited by S. Levin. Princeton University Press. 2013
- Economics of biodiversity and ecosystem services. with C. Perrings, S. Baumgartner, W.A. Brock, K. Chopra, C. Costello, A.P. Kinzig, U. Pascual, S. Polasky, J. Tschirhart, and A. Xepapadeas. In Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, and Human Wellbeing, edited by S. Naeem, D. Bunker, A. Hector, M. Loreau, and C. Perrings. Oxford University Press. 2009
The following chapters all appear in Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services, edited by G. Daily, P. Kareiva, T. Ricketts, H. Tallis, and S. Polasky. Oxford University Press. 2011.
- Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration and Storage. (lead author) with E. Nelson, K. Carney, C. Fissore, N. Olwero, A.J. Plantinga, B. Stanley, and T. Ricketts.
- Modeling Vegetative Retention of Nutrients and Sediment. (lead author) with D. Ennaanay, G. Mendoza, M.T. Walter, S. Wolny, and E. Nelson.
- Storm Peak Mitigation. with D. Ennaanay, G. Mendoza, B. Wickel, and S. Wolny.
- Modeling Water Supply for Hydropower and Irrigation. with G. Mendoza, D. Ennaanay, M.T. Walter, E. Nelson, S. Wolny, L. Hay, G. Nagle, and S. White.
- Timber and Non-Timber Forest Products. with E. Nelson, C. Montgomery, and S. Polasky.
- Modeling the Impacts of Climate Change on Ecosystem Services. with J. Lawler, E. Nelson, S.L. Shafer, D. Ennaanay, and H. Tallis.
- Incorporating Ecosystem Services in Decisions. with E. McKenzie, F. Irwin, J. Ranganathan, C. Hanson, C. Kousky, K. Bennett, J. Salzman, and J. Paavola.
- A Green Vision for Sumatra: Report to the Governments of Riau, Jambi, and Western Sumatra Provinces. with T. Barano, N. Bhagabati, D. Ennaanay, O. Hadian, E. McKenzie, N. Olwero, A. Rosenthal, Suparmoko, A. Shapiro, H. Tallis, and S. Wolny. 2011.
- The Emission-Reduction Potential of Native Forest Restoration in Hawaii: Report to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Task Force (appointed by the Hawaii State Legislature). (lead author) with J.B. Friday, C. Giardina, J.S. Greenwell, and N. Hannahs. 2009. PDF
- Conserving and Valuing Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity: Economic, Institutional, and Social Challenges, edited by K.N. Ninan. Bioscience 60(9): 760-762, 2010.
- The Economics of Everglades Restoration: MIssing Pieces in the Future of South Florida, edited by Richard Weisskoff. Journal of Regional Science 46(3): 588-590, 2006.