Amare Teklay

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I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Environmental and Resource Economics (CERE), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå, Sweden. My research focuses on incentivized forest conservation. In one of my papers, I apply spatial econometrics to explore the spatial interaction effects of deforestation in Indonesian districts. I have also conducted a framed field experiment in Ethiopia in 2016. Three questions I try to tackle with the experimental evidence are: should PES for forest conservation pay individuals or groups? Should forest reference levels be set high or low? And does removing PES crowd out pre-existing motivation to conserve forests? I have discussed the main issues in my blog posts.

I am interested in multidisciplinary research, and concepts in complexity theory resonate with me. I am interested, among other things, in experimental and behavioral economics, environment and development, agent-based modeling, agricultural production efficiency.

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