Research and selected publications

My primary research interests relate to the provision of environmental public goods and the economics of climate change. 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) accurate measurement of the social cost of carbon with a focus on inclusion of the costs of climate-driven damages to ecosystem function and services. 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.

Selected Journal Articles

Conte, M.N. and D. Kelly. Understanfing the Improbable: A Survey of Fat Tails in Environmental Economics. Forthcoming in Volume 13 of the Annual Review of Resource Economics.

Swinehart, S., R. Fuller, R. Kupka, and M.N. Conte. 2019. Rethinking Aid Allocation: Analysis of Official Development Spending on Modern Pollution Reduction. Annals of Global Health 85(1): 132-143.

Conte, Marc N. and Robert M. Griffin. 2019. Private Benefits of Conservation and Procurement Auction Performance. Environmental and Resource Economics 73(3): 759-790.

Banerjee, Simanti and Marc N. Conte. 2018. Information Access, Conservation Practice Choice, and Rent Seeking in Conservation Procurement Auctions: Evidence from a Laboratory Experiment. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 100(5): 1407-1426. (abstract)

Conte, Marc N. and David L. Kelly. 2018. An Imperfect Storm: FEMA, Private Climate Insurers, and Climate Change. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 92: 677-706. (abstract) (paper)

Conte, Marc N. and Philip Shaw. 2018. District Subdivision and the Location of Smallholder Forest Conversion in Sumatra. Land Economics 94(3): 437-458. (abstract) (paper)

Conte, Marc N. and Robert M. Griffin. 2017. Quality Information and Procurement Auction Outcomes: Evidence from a Payment for Ecosystem Services Laboratory Experiment. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 99(3): 571-591. (abstract) (paper)

Conte, Marc N. and Grant D. Jacobsen. 2016. Explaining Demand for Green Electricity Using Data from All U.S. Utilities. Energy Economics 60: 122-130. (abstract) (paper)

Ma, Shan, et al. 2016. Valuation of Ecosystem Services to Inform Management of Multiple-Use Landscapes. Ecosystem Services 19: 6-18. (abstract) (paper)

Bhagabati, Nirmal K., et al. 2014. Ecosystem services reinforce Sumatran tiger conservation in land use plans. Biological Conservation 169: 147-156. (abstract) (paper)

Conte, Marc N. and Matthew J. Kotchen. 2010. Explaining the Price of Voluntary Carbon Offsets. Climate Change Economics 1(2): 19-38. (NBER Working Paper 15294). (abstract) (paper)

Nelson, Erik J., et al. 2010. Projecting Global Land-Use Change and its Effect on Ecosystem Service Provision and Biodiversity with Simple Models. PLoS ONE 5(12): 1-22. (abstract) (paper)