Maria Damon

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies; Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Ph.D. 2007 (Economics), University of California, San Diego; A.B. 1999 (Economics), Cornell University.

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Areas of Research/Interest:
Environmental economics; environmental policy instruments; sustainable development; economics of climate change.


Maria Damon holds her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at San Diego. Her research focuses on environmental policy design, and how understanding decision-making can lead to more effective policies. In contexts ranging from climate change to marine pollution control to fisheries management, Damon's work analyzes human and firm behavior and uses these insights to inform the design of environmental policy instruments. Her research also investigates ways that household behavior is affected by the impacts of climate change, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, and what these impacts imply for the design of economic safety net policies. Damon also has conducted research on the relationships between health and the environment in developing countries. In addition to her Ph.D. in Economics, Damon completed an NSF-sponsored Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) joint doctoral program on marine biodiversity and conservation with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She is a research associate with the Environment for Development Initiative, a capacity-building program in environmental economics focused on research, policy advice, and teaching in sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, and China. Damon also served a one-year appointment as the Staff Economist for Environmental Policy at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and has worked as a research analyst at The World Bank.

External Affiliations
Research Associate, Environment for Development Initiative
Advisory Board Member, Institute for Policy Integrity
Member, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
Member, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

NYU Goddard Junior Faculty Fellowship Award, 2012-2013.
Swedish Research Council (FORMAS) Award, “Human Cooperation to Manage Natural Resources,” 2011-2012, $69,000.
NYU Curriculum Challenge Award, 2010-2011.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Grant, “Developing meaningful ecosystem indicators to inform meaningful resource management in the face of a changing climate”, 2009- 2010, $24,500.
Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, Dissertation Fellowship, 2006-2007.
Public Policy Institute of California, Dissertation Fellowship, 2006-2007.
Resources for the Future, Joseph L. Fisher Dissertation Award, 2006-2007.
National Science Foundation IGERT Graduate Research Fellowship, 2003-2006.


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