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Duke University — Box 90312
302 Towerview Road, RH 186
Durham, NC 27708 USA




Alex Pfaff is a Professor of Public Policy, Economics and Environment at Duke University. Trained in economics, his focus is how economic development affects and is affected by natural resources and environmental quality, including through public policies. He has examined the adoption and impacts of both environmental-&-resource interventions (protected areas, ecoservices payments, certifications) and development policies (roads/railroads, rights/concessions) that affect land use and forests in the US and in many developing countries. He also studies institutions for managing water quantity and quality, reductions of harmful exposures (groundwater arsenic, mercury from mining, indoor air pollution), and incentives for corporations to self-audit and disclose.