EfD in Central America
The EfD-CA aims to contribute to the design and evaluation of public policies and local institutional arrangements that affect environmental protection, sustainable natural resources management and poverty alleviation by: i. strengthening the understanding of the causes and consequences of human decisions as key inputs into policy making, and ii. increasing the interaction between academia and policy makers in Central America.
Most recent publications
- central america | Agriculture Does eco-certification have environmental benefits? Organic coffee in Costa Rica We analyze the environmental impacts of organic coffee certification in central Costa Rica. We use propensity score matching to control for self-selection bias. Organic certification reduces chemical input use. Organic certification increases adoption of environmentally friendly practices. Blackman, Allen and Maria A. Naranjo. 2012., “Does Eco-Certification Have Environmental Benefits? Organic Coffee in Costa Rica”. Ecological Economics, Volume 83, November 2012, Pages 60–68
- central america | Policy design Fuel tax incidence in Costa Rica: Gasoline versus Diesel We conclude that distributional concerns need not rule out using fuel taxes to address pressing public health and safety problems, particularly if gasoline and diesel taxes can be differentiated. Blackman Allen., Rebecca. Osakwe and Francisco Alpizar. 2011. Fuel tax incidence in Costa Rica: Gasoline versus Diesel. In Sterner, T. Ed. (2011). Fuel taxes and the Poor: The distributional Effects of Gasoline Taxation and their Implications for Climate Policy. RFF Press, Washington, D.C.
- central america | Forestry Policy design Contagious development: Neighbor interactions in deforestation To address simultaneity and the presence of spatially correlated unobservables, we measure for neighbors' deforestation using the slopes of neighbors' and neighbors' neighbors' parcels. Robalino, Juan, and Alexander Pfaff. 2012. “Contagious Development: Neighbors’ Interactions in Deforestation”. Journal of Development Economics. 97 (2) 427-36.