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 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.

Research Interests

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.

Ongoing Projects


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

Book Reviews


Sessions are underway for the first auction experiment of my NIFA-funded research on conservation auctions.



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