David J. Kaczan

David J. Kaczan

PhD candidate David Kaczan is an economist with a focus on environmental, agricultural and resource policy in developing countries. He aims to improve our understanding of the relationship between development and land-use change (for instance, deforestation and agricultural development), and the institutions and incentives which mediate this relationship. Kaczan uses microeconomic theory, varied econometrics, quasi-experiments, GIS, site-specific field experiments, and interviews to test hypotheses and develop policy recommendations. He has a strong interest in interdisciplinary approaches towards environmental problems.

Kaczan's past and ongoing work includes research on the use of environmental payments to reduce deforestation Tanzania, design principles for environmental markets, the economics of fisheries management in the US, the prevalence of water-related poverty in West Africa, and the impacts of climate change on Australian agriculture, among others. He has a M.Sc (Agricultural and Resource Economics) from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a B.A (Economics) and B.Sc (Ecology, Environmental Geosciences) from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

website: www.davidkaczan.com

Publications

Kaczan, DJ, Swallow, BM, and Adamowicz, WLV. "Forest conservation policy and motivational crowding: Experimental evidence from Tanzania." Ecological Economics (July 2016).
Ward, J, and Kaczan, D. "Challenging Hydrological Panaceas: Water poverty governance accounting for spatial scale in the Niger River Basin." Journal of Hydrology 519 (November 2014): 2501-2514.
Kaczan, D, Swallow, BM, and Adamowicz, WLV. "Designing a payments for ecosystem services (PES) program to reduce deforestation in Tanzania: An assessment of payment approaches." Ecological Economics 95 (November 2013): 20-30.
Connor, J, and Kaczan, D. "Principles for Economically Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable Water Markets: The Australian Experience." In Drought in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions,edited by K Schwabe, J Albiac, J Connor, R Hassan, and L Meza González. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2013. (Chapter)
Kaczan, D, and Ward, J. "Water statistics and poverty statistics in Africa: do they correlate at national scales?." Water International 36, no. 3 (May 2011): 283-294.

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