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, Philosophical Transactions B, Conservation Letters, World Development, Annual Review of Environment and Resources and Environmental Research Letters.
Integrating causal inference and ES modeling.
By integrating the latest methods in causal inference and ecosystem service modeling we estimate the avoided carbon emission associated with protected areas in Brazil, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Thailand. We also show how these environmental impacts are associated with social outcomes.Read the Paper
Heterogeneous impacts of Bolivia's protected areas.
We show that the impact of Bolivia's protected areas on environmental and social outcomes were moderated by biophysical characteristics. We also show that multidimensional nonparametric methods capture more variation than bivariate methods. Finally, we demonstrate how to deal with potential pseudoreplication in matching and LOESS.Read the Paper
Understanding the mechanisms of protected areas.
This paper provides a conceptual framework for understanding and measuring the mechanisms through which protected areas affect environmental and social outcomes. We also highlight how interventions (treatments), mechanisms and moderators are often confounded in the literature.Read the Paper
Advances in Measuring the Impacts of Environmental Programs
This paper highlights recent advances in methods for measuring causal effects as they pertain to the impacts of environmental programs and policies on social and environmental outcomes.Read the Paper
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 Commentary
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