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Randall A. Bluffstone

Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Economics and the Environment and Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions

Portland State University 

Associate Editor, Journal of Forest Economics

Ph.D. Economics, Boston University (1993);
M.A. Economics, Boston University (1991); 
B.S. Business Economics (1982), Miami University, Ohio.

 

503-725-3938
bluffsto@pdx.edu

 
 

       Curriculum Vitae (12/2016)

 Recent Working Papers Currently Under Review

  • Randall A. Bluffstone, Eswaran Somanathan, Prakash Jha, Harisharan Luintel, Rajesh Bista, Naya Paudel, Bhim Adhikari, Does Collective Action Sequester Carbon? The Case of the Nepal Community Forestry Program,” Policy Research Working Paper 7327, June 2015, The World Bank, Washington, DC.
  • Zenebe Gebreegziabher, Abebe Beyene, Alemu Mekonnen, Mike Toman, Randall Bluffstone, Sahan Dissanayake and Peter Martinsson. “Can Improved Biomass Cookstoves Contribute to REDD+ Contracts in Low-Income Countries? Evidence from a Controlled Cooking Test Trial with Randomized Behavioral Treatments.” Policy Research Working Paper 7394, August 2015. The World Bank, Washington, DC.
  • Abebe D. Beyene, Randall A. Bluffstone, Zenebe Gebreegziabher, Peter Martinsson, Alemu Mekonnen and Ferdinand Vieider, “The Improved Biomass Stove Saves Wood, but How Often do People Use it?” Policy Research Working Paper 7297, June 2015. The World Bank, Washington, DC.
  • Sahan T. Dissanayake, Abebe. D. Beyene, Randall A. Bluffstone, Zenebe Gebreegziabher, Peter Martinsson, Alemu Mekonnen, Michael Toman, Ferdinand Vieider, “Preferences for REDD+ Contract Attributes in Low-Income Countries: A Choice Experiment in Ethiopia,” Policy Research Working Paper 7296, June 2015, The World Bank, Washington, DC..
  • Sahan T. Dissanayake, Prakash Jha, Bhim Adhikari, Rajesh Bista, Randall A. Bluffstone, Harisharan Luintel, Peter Martinsson, Naya Paudel, Eswaran Somanathan, Michael Toman, Community Managed Forest Groups and Preferences for REDD+ Contract Attributes: A Choice Experiment Survey of Communities in Nepal,” Policy Research Working Paper 7326, June 2015, The World Bank, Washington, DC..
  • Mahmud Yesuf and Randall A. Bluffstone, “Consumption Discount Rates, Risk Aversion and Wealth in Low-Income Countries: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Rural Ethiopia.” 2008. EfD/RFF Discussion Paper 08-16.
  • Randall A. Bluffstone. “Child Labor, the Wealth Paradox, and Common Forest Management in Bolivia.” 2014. EfD/RFF Discussion Paper Series EfD DP 14-16
  • Alemu Mekonnen and Randall A. Bluffstone, “Is there a Link between Common Property Forest Management and Private Tree Growing? Evidence of Behavioral Effects from Highland Ethiopia.”  2008 EfD/RFF Discussion Paper Series EfD DP 08-29.
Select Recent Grants
  • 2016-2017. World Bank. Community Forestry as Pro-Poor Carbon Sequestration Policy. ($98,500).
  • 2016-2017. World Bank. The Effect of Improved Biomass Cookstoves on Indoor Air Quality and Respiratory Health in Rural Ethiopia: Phase 1 ($194,500)
  • 2016-2017. Institute for Sustainable Solutions and College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University.  Institute for Economics and the Environment, Environment, Economics and You Speaker Series ($9000)
  • 2015-2016. Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University.  Institute for Economics and the Environment, Environment, Economics and You Speaker Series ($8000).
  • 2015-2016. Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University.  The Value of Forest Park’s Ecosystem Services ($20,000).
  • 2012 – 2014. World Bank.  Forest Sector Institutional Reform and REDD+ in Ethiopia: Making Participatory Forest Management Pro-Poor Carbon Sequestration Policy ($409,000)
  • 2012 – 2014. World Bank. Nepal Community Forestry Program and the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+): Making Community Forestry Pro-Poor Carbon Sequestration Policy ($367,000)

Select Peer Reviewed Publications

Books
  • Randall A. Bluffstone and Elizabeth J. Z. Robinson, Forest Tenure Reform in Asia and Africa: Local Control for Improved Livelihoods, Forest Management, and Carbon Sequestration.  2015, Taylor & Francis/RFF Press.  Edited volume.
  • Randall A. Bluffstone and Gunnar Kohlin, Agricultural Productivity in East Africa: Investment, Sustainability and Poverty Reduction. Earthscan/Resources for the Future Press,  2011. Edited volume. 
  • Randall A. Bluffstone and Bruce A. Larson, Controlling Pollution in Transition Economies: Theories and Methods, Edward Elgar Publishing Company, London, November 1997, 279 pages.  Edited volume.

Recent Peer Reviewed Articles (Since 2009)
  • Ferdinand Vieider, Abebe Beyene, Randall Bluffstone, Sahan Dissanayake, Zenebe Gebreegziabher, Peter Martinsson and Alemu Mekonnen.  “Measuring Risk Preferences in Rural Ethiopia,” Forthcoming Economic Development and Cultural Change.
  • Abebe Beyene, Randall Bluffstone and Alemu Mekonnen.  2016. Community Forests, Carbon Sequestration and REDD+: Evidence from Ethiopia,” Environment and Development Economics. Vol 21 (2): 249-272.
  • Marc Jeuland, Subhrendu Pattanayak and Randall Bluffstone.  2016. “The Economics of Household Indoor Air Pollution,” Annual Review of Environmental and Resource Economics. Vol 7: 81-108.
  • Eswaran Somanathan and Randall Bluffstone. 2015. “Biogas: Clean Energy Access with Low-Cost Mitigation of Climate Change,” Environmental and Resource Economics. Vol 62: 265-277.
  • Randall Bluffstone, Eswaran Somanathan, Prakash Jha, Harisharan Luintel, Rajesh Bista, Mike Toman, Naya Paudel, Bhim Adhikari.  2015.“Collective Action and Carbon Sequestration in Nepal,” Journal of Forests and Livelihood., 13 (1):1 – 7.
  • Randall A. Bluffstone, Mahmud Yesuf, Takuro Uehara, Bilisuma Bushie, Demissie Damite. 2015. Livestock and Private Tree Holdings in Rural Ethiopia: The Effects of Collective Action Institutions, Tenure Security and Market Access,” Journal of Development Studies. Vol.51 (9): 1193-1209.  
  • Randall Bluffstone. 2014. “Economics of REDD+ and Community Forestry,” Journal of Forest and Livelihood, Vol. 11 (2): 69-74.
  • Randall Bluffstone, Elizabeth Robinson and Paul Guthiga. 2013. “REDD+ and Community Controlled Forests in Low-Income Countries: Any Hope for a Linkage?” Ecological Economics, Vol. 87: 43-52.
  • Menale Kassie, Stein Holden, Randall A. Bluffstone and Gunnar Köhlin. 2011. “Are Soil Conservation Technologies ‘Win-Win?’ Evidence from the Ethiopian Highlands,” Natural Resources Forum 35: 89–99
  • Costanza, R. I. Kubiszewski, D. Ervin, R. Bluffstone, J. Boyd, D. Brown, H. Chang, V. Dujon, E. Granek, S. Polasky, V. Shandas and A. Yeakley.  2011. “Valuing Ecological Systems and Services,” F1000 Biology Reports 2011, 3:14
  • Mahmud Yesuf and Randall A. Bluffstone. 2009. “Poverty, Risk Aversion and Path Dependence in Low Income Countries: Experimental Evidence from Ethiopia,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 91 (4): 1022-1037. 
  • Jorge Garcia, Randall A. Bluffstone and Thomas Sterner. 2009. “Corporate Environmental Management in Transition Economies: The Case of Central and Eastern Europe,” Czech Journal of Economics and Finance.  Vol. 59 (5): 410-425. 
 
Recent  Reviewed Working Papers
  • Abebe D. Beyene, Randall A. Bluffstone, Zenebe Gebreegziabher, Peter Martinsson, Alemu Mekonnen and Ferdinand Vieider, “Do Improved Biomass Cookstoves Reduce Fuelwood Consumption and Carbon Emissions? Evidence from Rural Ethiopia Using a Randomized Treatment Trial with Electronic MonitoringPolicy Research Working Paper 7324, June 2015. The World Bank, Washington, DC.
  • Abebe D. Beyene, Randall A. Bluffstone, Zenebe Gebreegziabher, Peter Martinsson, Alemu Mekonnen and Ferdinand Vieider, “The Improved Biomass Stove Saves Wood, but How Often do People Use it?Policy Research Working Paper 7297, June 2015. The World Bank, Washington, DC.
  • Sahan T. Dissanayake, Abebe. D. Beyene, Randall A. Bluffstone, Zenebe Gebreegziabher, Peter Martinsson, Alemu Mekonnen, Michael Toman, Ferdinand Vieider, “Preferences for REDD+ Contract Attributes in Low-Income Countries: A Choice Experiment in Ethiopia,” Policy Research Working Paper 7296, June 2015, The World Bank, Washington, DC.
  • Randall A. Bluffstone, Astrid Dannenberg, Peter Martinsson, Prakash Jha, Rajesh Bista, “Cooperative Behavior and Common Pool Resources: Experimental Evidence from Community Forest User Groups in Nepal,” Policy Research Working Paper 7323, June 2015,The World Bank, Washington, DC.
  • Randall A. Bluffstone, Eswaran Somanathan, Prakash Jha, Harisharan Luintel, Rajesh Bista, Naya Paudel, Bhim Adhikari, Does Collective Action Sequester Carbon? The Case of the Nepal Community Forestry Program,” Policy Research Working Paper 7327, June 2015, The World Bank, Washington, DC.
  • Sahan T. Dissanayake, Prakash Jha, Bhim Adhikari, Rajesh Bista, Randall A. Bluffstone, Harisharan Luintel, Peter Martinsson, Naya Paudel, Eswaran Somanathan, Michael Toman, Community Managed Forest Groups and Preferences for REDD+ Contract Attributes: A Choice Experiment Survey of Communities in Nepal,” Policy Research Working Paper 7326, June 2015, The World Bank, Washington, DC.
  • Ferdinand Vieider, Abebe Beyene, Randall Bluffstone, Sahan Dissanayake, Zenebe Gebregziabher, Peter Martinsson, Alemu Mekonnen, “Measuring Risk Preferences in Rural Ethiopia: Risk Tolerance and Exogenous Income Proxies,” December 2014,Policy Research Working Paper 7137, The World Bank, Washington, DC.
  • Randall A. Bluffstone.  “Child Labor, the Wealth Paradox, and Common Forest Management in Bolivia.EfD/RFF Discussion Paper Series EfD DP 14-16. 2014.  Washington, DC/Gothenburg
  • Alemu Mekonnen and Randall A. Bluffstone, “Is there a Link between Common Property Forest Management and Private Tree Growing? Evidence of Behavioral Effects from Highland Ethiopia.”  EfD/RFF Discussion Paper Series EfD DP 08-29. 2008. Washington, DC/Gothenburg.

Teaching
  • Economics of Sustainability (EC 522)
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (EC 430/530)
  • Economics of Environmental Issues (EC 332U)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis (EC 427/527)