Beijing has notoriously severe air pollution and traffic congestion problems. Like many mega-cities in developing countries, it seeks to mitigate these problems by restricting vehicles from being driven one day per week based on the last digit of their license plate. Our project will use the contingent valuation method to estimate the cost this policy imposes on drivers.
Funded by the Tinker Foundation and Rainforest Alliance, this three-year collaboration with the Mexican Environment Ministry aims to measure the effect of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) forest certification on illegal deforestation in Mexico.
Funded by the Moore Foundation, this three-year project is a collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC).
Although groundwater depletion is a global phenomenon, India faces the challenge in its severest of forms. Studies by India’s Central Ground Water Board suggest that in some parts of the country, water tables are receding at 1 meter per year and that the majority of water resources in Northwest and South India are overexploited. Furthermore, two-thirds of India’s 1.2 billion people are involved in agricultural work and are therefore especially vulnerable to groundwater depletion and related climate fluctuations.
Economic Modeling of Welfare Gains From Resource Recovery From Fecal Waste [with Jhih-Shyang Shih (Resources for the Future)]: Waterborne diseases from poor sanitation affect millions worldwide.
Can irrigation mitigate the impacts of weather shocks on child health? Evidence from household-level irrigation adoption in India [with Eeshani Kandpal (World Bank Group) and Kathy Baylis (University of Illinois)]:
This project uses an existing large survey dataset to study housing and transportation issues in Beijing. The study is conducted together with Josh Linn, Lunyu Xie, and Jintao Xu.
Green growth in China: A literature Review. In the summer of 2013, Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP) awarded a grant to RFF to review the existing literature on green growth and to hold a green growth forum in China.
RFF’s Center for Energy Economics and Policy (CEEP) has partnered with institutions in China to create a new collaboration dedicated to improving energy policy in China: the Consortium for Energy Economics and Policy in China (CEEPIC).
RFF researchers review how insights from social and behavioral science research disciplines pertain to environmental attitudes and behaviors. They examine the environmental behaviors of individuals, businesses, communities, and society as a whole, specifically related to the conservation of natural resources.
Work by RFF researchers and colleagues shows how preventing the release of “blue carbon” stored in mangroves, sea grasses, and salt marshes may be an effective way to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air.
Funded by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), this four-year $1 million project aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of REDD+ policy in MesoAmerica by developing two sets of decision tools.