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.
Recent and Ongoing Projects
- When Do Voluntary Environmental Programs Succeed? Evidence from Green Electricity and All U.S. Utilities (with G. Jacobsen)
This paper explores the utility, customer, and program characteristics that lead utilities to offer their customers green power programs and to customer participation in these programs.
- Identifying the Effect of Social Information on Charitable Giving: A Field Experiment on the Private Provision of a Public Good
A field experiment is used to identify the impact of social information on an individual's charitable giving behavior, controlling for the impact of solicitor pressure. The impact of this information is found to vary with altruism level and is consistent with a model of behavior in which individuals internalize social norms in order to conform to socially-approved behavior and gain trust in the charitable organization through time.
- Heterogeneous Agents, Insecure Cultivation Rights, and Forest Conversion Outcomes
This paper explores the impacts of insecure cultivation rights on the pattern and amount of forest conversion when two conversion forces (plantations and smallholders) interact on the landscape.
- Fat-tailed damages, Insurance, and Learning (with D. Kelly)
This paper explores how the fat-tailed nature of hurricane damages, and the uncertainty of government support affects the insurance coverage decisions of policy-holder and the rate structure offered by insurance companies.
- 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.