Jill L. Caviglia-Harris
Economics and Finance Department
Environmental Studies Department
Salisbury, MD 21801-6860
phone: (410) 548-5591
fax: (410) 546-6208
Welcome to my homepage. I am a Professor of Economics in the Economics and Finance Department in the
Franklin P. Perdue School of Business
Environmental Studies Department in the
Fulton School of Liberal Arts at
Salisbury University. My areas of teaching include environmental and natural resource economics and
microeconomics. My research interests are in the field of environmental and
natural resource economics and teaching economics.
My research is focused on understanding the tradeoffs that exist between development and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. The substantial ecological costs of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon are well recognized and considered globally significant because they include biodiversity loss and contributions to climate change. A key question for policy makers who wish to reduce deforestation rates is to what degree these global losses are offset by local gains from economic development. My research is focused on developing answers to these complex, and often politically energized, questions. A second dimension of my research includes an investigation of teaching approaches and methods to improve student achievement. See my curriculum vitae and short bio for additional information.
I am currently involved in the project "Living with Deforestation: Analyzing Transformations in Welfare and Land Use on an Old Amazonian Frontier," NSF Project SES-0752936 (2008-2012)" This collaborative research project directed with Erin Sills, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, North Carolina State University, and Dar Roberts, Geography Department, University of California, Santa Barbara includes the establishment of a spatially referenced four-period panel.
The four-period panel collected in 1996, 2000, 2005, and 2009 is available for download at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)