Jayash Paudel, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics, published an article titled “Environmental Externalities from Agriculture: Evidence from Water Quality in the United States” in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, which is focused on agricultural, natural resource and environmental economics. The article was co-authored with Christine Crago, an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Their study uses water quality readings from 1951 to 2005 in the U.S. and quantifies the linkage between agricultural fertilizer use and concentration of nitrogen and phosphorus pollutants.
Paudel also published “Short-run Environmental Effects of COVID-19: Evidence from Forest Fires” in World Development, a multi-disciplinary academic journal of development studies. The study explores how restrictions on movements of people in response to the pandemic changed the incidence of human-induced forest fire events in Nepal.