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Marc N. Conte

Associate Professor of Economics
Email: [email protected]

Rose Hill Campus: Dealy E-521
Phone: 718-817-3870


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara


  • Environmental Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Public Finance


Dr. Conte's primary research interests relate to the provision of environmental public goods. He uses research techniques from applied microeconomics and experimental economics to explore the outcomes of voluntary and governmental programs aimed at increasing the provision of environmental public goods. He has explored such programs in the context of carbon offsets, charitable giving to conservation organizations, green energy programs, and payments for ecosystem services. Conte is quite interested in land-use decisions, and while at the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University, he led projects focused on this issue for the Department of Defense, the State Legislature of Hawai'i, and provincial governments in Sumatra.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Moore, Frances C., Arianna Stokes, Marc N. Conte, and Xiaoli Dong. "Noah’s Ark in a Warming World: Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss, and Public Adaptation Costs in the United States." Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 9, no. 5 (2022): 981-1015. (

Conte, Marc N., and David L. Kelly. "Understanding the Improbable: A Survey of Fat Tails in Environmental Economics." Annual Review of Resource Economics 13, no. 1 (2021): 289-310. (

Conte, Marc N., and Robert Griffin. "Private benefits of conservation and procurement auction performance." Environmental and resource economics 73, no. 3 (2019): 759-790. (

Swinehart, Stephanie, Richard Fuller, Rachael Kupka, and Marc N. Conte. "Rethinking aid allocation: Analysis of official development spending on modern pollution reduction." Annals of global health 85, no. 1 (2019). (

Banerjee, S. and M.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. (

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

Conte, M.N. and D. Kelly. 2018. An Imperfect Storm: FEMA, Private Climate Insurers, and Climate Change. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 92: 677-706. (

District Subdivision and the Location of Smallholder Forest Conversion in Sumatra, with P. Shaw. 2017. Forthcoming in Land Economics.

An Imperfect Storm: Fat-tailed tropical cyclone damages, insurance, and climate policy, with D. Kelly. 2017. Forthcoming in Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Quality Information and Procurement Auction Outcomes: Evidence from a Payment for Ecosystem Services Laboratory Experiment, with R. Griffin. 2017. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 99(3): 571-591.

When Do Voluntary Environmental Programs Succeed? Evidence from Green Electricity and All U.S. Utilities, with G. Jacobsen. 2016. Energy Economics 60: 122-130.

Valuation of Ecosystem Services to Inform Management of Multiple-Use Landscapes, with S. Ma, J.M. Duggan, B.A. Eichelberger, B.W. McNally, J.R. Foster, E. Pepi, G.C. Daily, and G. Ziv. 2016. Ecosystem Services 19: 6-18.

Ecosystem Services Reinforce Sumatran Tiger Conservation in Land Use Plans, with N.K. Bhagabati, T. Ricketts, T. Sulistyawan, D. Ennaanay, O. Hadian, E. McKenzie, N. Olwero, A. Rosethal, H. Tallis, and S. Wolny. 2014. Biological Conservation 169: 147-156.


Books and Book Chapters

Valuing Ecosystem Services. In Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, 2nd Edition, edited by S. Levin. Princeton University Press. 2013

Several chapters in Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services, edited by G. Daily, P. Kareiva, T. Ricketts, H. Tallis, and S. Polasky. Oxford University Press. 2011.