Marc N. Conte

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Fordham University
441 East Fordham Rd
Bronx, NY 10458
Email: mconte7 "at"
Phone: 718-817-3870

Professional Bio

I am an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Fordham University. Prior to my arrival at Fordham, I was a post-doctoral research fellow at Stanford University, where I worked with the Natural Capital Project. Before that, I had a visiting position at Williams College, while finishing my graduate studies at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, where I was advised by Christopher Costello as a trainee in the NSF-funded IGERT Economics and Environmental Sciences program.

Research Interests

My primary research interests relate to the economics of climate change and the provision of environmental public goods. I have explored the issue of environmental public good provision in the context of carbon offsets, charitable giving to conservation organizations, green energy programs, and payment for ecosystem services programs. The focal areas of my current research agenda are: 1) the causes and implications of fat-tailed damages from tropical cyclones for policy-makers, insurers, and households 2) conservation procurement auction design and resulting bidder behavior in payment for ecosystem services programs 3) mechanisms to increase environmental public-good provision. I pursue these issues using tools from applied microeconomics and experimental economics in collaboration with other economists and natural scientists in order to best appreciate the fundamental aspects of each issue.

I have always had an interest in land-use decisions in the context of pursuing more efficient levels of environmental public good provision. I continue to pursue research in this area as a Co-Principal Investigator and Co-Project Director of a USDA-funded project using lab and artefactual field experiments to explore how the design of conservation procurement auctions impacts auction performance and bidder behavior. I have previously led projects focused on the tradeoffs of land-use decisions for the United States Department of Defense, the State Legislature of Hawai'i, and provincial governments in Indonesia.

Ongoing Projects


Select Peer-Reviewed Journals

Book Chapters

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.

Policy Work

Popular Press


I will be giving a presentation at the CBEAR Conference on October 15, 2017.