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Allen Blackman

Senior Fellow

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Allen Blackman is on leave from Resources for the Future until March 2018.
An expert on environmental and natural resource policy in developing countries, Allen Blackman focuses principally on industrial pollution control and tropical deforestation in Latin America and Asia. Much of his research evaluates environmental management strategies that aim to overcome barriers to conventional regulation in developing countries, including weak institutions and missing infrastructure. He coordinates RFF's participation in the Environment for Development (EfD) initiative and is a research fellow at the EfD Center for Central America. 
Blackman's work on industrial pollution control analyzes public disclosure programs, economic incentive instruments, and voluntary regulation. He has also studied the adoption and diffusion of clean and climate-friendly technologies. His research on tropical deforestation assesses agroforestry systems and conservation policies such as protected areas and payments for environmental services initiatives. He also has worked extensively on U.S. environmental regulatory reform, including voluntary programs and mortgage innovations designed to affect land use.
Past work has examined conservation policies in Mexico and Costa Rica, air pollution issues along the U.S.–Mexico border, voluntary regulation in Mexico and Colombia, and voluntary efforts to clean up brownfield properties in the United States.

Blackman is in RFF’s Land, Water, and Nature Program.


PhD in economics, University of Texas at Austin, 1993
BA in political science and international relations, University of Pennsylvania, 1983

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