Merlin M. Hanauer
Assistant Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
School of Business and Economics
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Merlin M. Hanauer joined the faculty of the Department of Economics at Sonoma State University in the Fall of 2011. Dr. Hanauer earned his PhD in Economics from Georgia State University (2011) with a concentration in Environmental Economics.
Dr. Hanauer's research addresses the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of environmental policy. He employs extensive use of geographic information systems (GIS), quasi-experimental and experimental design to elucidate policy impacts. Dr. Hanauer's research has been published in journals such as The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Environmental and Resource Economics, Conservation Letters, World Development and Environmental Research Letters.
Mechanisms of Protected Areas
This study highlights methods by which researchers can quantify the mechanisms through which environmental programs impact social outcomes. We estimate how Costa Rica's protected areas impacted poverty through ecotourism, infrastructure development and provisioning ecosystem services.Read the Paper
Protected Areas in Bolivia
In a detailed analysis of Bolivia's protected area system, Hanauer and Gustavo Canvire find no evidence that protection had exacerbated poverty over the past several decades. In fact, most evidence indicates that poverty was alleviated near protected areasRead Paper
Protected Areas: Win-win or Tradeoffs?
Paper explores the heterogeneity in the impacts of Costa Rica's protected areas. We find that, although Costa Rica's protected areas were (on average) associated with avoided deforestation and reductions in poverty, there was significant heterogeneity in these impacts according to biophysical and socioeconomic characteristics.Read Paper