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Jayash Paudel, Ph.D.

Jayash PaudelAssistant Professor, Economics  |  (208) 426-1158

Office: MBEB 3239  |  Mail Stop: 1620

Dr. Jayash Paudel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Boise State University. His primary research interests are in the fields of Environmental and Development Economics. Dr. Paudel is currently working on several projects, including agricultural adaptation to climate change and water quality issues in the US, the economic impact of earthquakes and wildfires, environmental repercussions of agricultural inputs, and evaluation of policies aimed at enhancing food security and household welfare. His research provides information on the empirical estimation of environmental damages and offers policy implications applicable to both developing and developed countries.

Dr. Paudel previously worked for Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and the World Bank Group. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental and Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Colorado College. He enjoys working with students and collaborators across diverse settings. For more information, please visit Jayash Paudel’s website.


Ph.D., Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2019
M.S., Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2016
B.A., Mathematical Economics, Colorado College, 2010

Teaching Areas

Microeconomic Theory, Environmental Economics, Mathematical Economics

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Economics (Climate Change, Water, Natural Disasters, Wildfires, Earthquakes, Environmental Regulation, Hedonic Valuation) and Development Economics (Education, Labor, Agriculture, Demography)


Paudel, Jayash. “Why are People Energy Poor? Evidence from Ethnic Fractionalization.” Energy Economics (2021): 105519.

Paudel, Jayash. “Home Alone: Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health.” Social Science & Medicine 285 (2021): 1-11.

Paudel, Jayash. “Beyond the Blaze: The Impact of Forest Fires on Energy Poverty.” Energy Economics 101 (2021): 1-18.

Paudel, Jayash, and Christine L. Crago. “Environmental Externalities from Agriculture: Evidence from Water Quality in the United States.” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 103, no. 1 (2021): 185-210.

Paudel, Jayash. “Short-Run Environmental Effects of COVID-19: Evidence from Forest Fires.” World Development 137 (2021): 1-13.

Paudel, Jayash. “Bus Ridership and Service Reliability: The Case of Public Transportation in Western Massachusetts.” Transport Policy 100 (2021): 98-107.

Paudel, Jayash, and Hanbyul Ryu. “Natural Disasters and Human Capital: The Case of Nepal’s Earthquake.” World Development 111 (2018): 1-12.

Paudel, Jayash. “Community-managed Forests, Household Fuelwood Use and Food Consumption.” Ecological Economics 147 (2018): 62-73.

Paudel, Jayash, and Pedro de Araujo. “Demographic Responses to a Political Transformation: Evidence of Women’s Empowerment from Nepal.” Journal of Comparative Economics 45, no. 2 (2017): 325-343.

Agarwal, Smriti, Pedro de Araujo, and Jayash Paudel. “HIV-related Knowledge and Risky Sexual Behavior in sub-Saharan Africa.” Oxford Development Studies 41, no. 2 (2013): 173-189.

Paudel, Jayash, and Judy Laux. “A Behavioral Approach To Stock Pricing.” Journal of Applied Business Research 26, no. 3 (2010): 99-106.


Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) Scholars Program, 2021-2022

Center for Advanced Energy Studies Summer Visiting Faculty Program, Summer 2021

Hearst Foundations Environmental Health Scholar, 2020-2021

Aligning Stakeholders & Structures to Enable Research Transformation (ASSERT) Fellow, 2019 – 2020

CAM Fellow, NAREA Career Advancement and Mentoring Program, 2019-2020

Carolyn Harper Fellow, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018-2019

Best Poster Award, 16th Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association Annual Meeting, 2016

Jerome V. Bruni Research Award, Colorado College, 2009-2010

Van Skilling Award, Colorado College, 2008-2009