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Assistant Professor - Economics

Jayash Paudel


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 a fellow at the Global Labor Organization and is affiliated with the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences, the Center for Advanced Energy Studies and the Boise State Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute. He previously worked for Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and The World Bank Group. He received a B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Colorado College, and a Ph.D. in Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Dr. Paudel’s research in environmental economics involves a rigorous evaluation of economic channels that directly or indirectly affect natural resources and the environment. Some of these channels include the use of agricultural inputs such as nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers, decentralized management of forests and government policies designed to improve economic outcomes. His research also entails a comprehensive understanding of how economic agents adjust to changes in their environment, which in turn have an impact on both economic welfare and environmental quality. More recently, his research funded by the Boise State Hazard and Climate Resilience Institute, explores quantifying the economic value of environmental public goods, such as bike paths, multiuse trails, and greenways. Estimates of marginal willingness to pay that will be generated from this research are useful indicators of cost-benefit analysis in guiding policy and useful for agencies such as the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) and non-profit organizations such as the Foundation for Ada/Canyon Trail Systems (FACTS).

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