Ph.D., Cornell University
International and Domestic Environmental Policy, Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, Experimental Economics
- Ferraro’s research activities focus on the design and evaluation of environmental policies and the institutions that implement the policies, the integration of biophysical and economic information in spatial modeling for environmental decision-making, and the experimental analysis of individual decision-making. Recently, he has examined the social and environmental impacts of protected areas and payments for environmental services, theeffects of social norm-based policies, and the relationship between childrens’ non-cognitive attributes (e.g., time and risk preferences) and educational outcomes. Ferraro is the winner of the 2011 Cozzarelli Prize for outstanding article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the 2010 Georgia State University Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, a 2011-12 Fulbright Scholar, the Kathyrn Fuller Science for Nature Fund Visiting Scientist, a Senior Science Fellow at the World Wildlife Fund, and a former science advisor to the Global Environment Facility. His research has been funded by, among others, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, World Wildlife Fund, and the National Science Foundation. He serves on the editorial boards of Conservation Biology and Environmental Evidence, and his research appears in a variety of outlets, including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, The Review of Economics and Statistics, American Economic Review P&P, Land Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and Conservation Biology. Prior to joining Georgia State University, Ferraro worked internationally on ecosystem management and economic development initiatives in Africa, Central America, and the former Soviet Union.