Dr Charles Palmer

Associate

Charles primarily works in the fields of environmental and development economics.

He is also a Lecturer in Environment and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Background

Before joining LSE, Charles was a Senior Researcher at the Chair of Environmental Policy and Economics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

He holds a BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford University, an MSc in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London, and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Bonn, Germany.

Charles has worked for a number of international organisations, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York, and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Indonesia.

In 2009, he co-edited (with Stefanie Engel) a book on policy to implement strategies on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), Avoided Deforestation: Prospects for Mitigating Climate Change (Routledge).

Research interests

  • Environmental and development economics;
  • Contracting for natural resource use;
  • Mitigation and adaptation strategies for climate change;
  • Institutions and property rights;
  • Instruments for environmental policy.
Working paper  16 October, 2017

The energy costs of historic preservation

This research investigates the impact of historical preservation policies in England (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) on domestic energy consumption, finding that the policies limit energy consumption savings. read more »

Working paper  28 August, 2017

Does choice of drought index influence estimates of drought-induced cereal losses in India?

This research suggests that by using a more flexible measure of droughts policy-makers could more effectively shape policy responses relating to climate adaptation and more accurately identify agricultural locations more vulnerable to climate change. read more »

Working paper  27 January, 2017

Was von Thünen right? Cattle intensification and deforestation in Brazil

This paper examines whether patterns of cattle intensification, deforestation and pasture expansion in the Brazilian state of Rondonia are consistent with the land rent framework, in which location and distance to markets are key determinants of rents. read more »

2016

Working paper  31 October, 2016

Getting more ‘carbon bang’ for your ‘buck’ in Acre State, Brazil

Acre State in Brazil is at the forefront of efforts to institutionalize jurisdictional-scale policies that aim to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). Given limited REDD+ funds and … read more »

Research article  24 June, 2016

Understanding the demand for REDD+ credits

Laing, Timothy, Taschini, Luca and Palmer, Charles (2016). In: Environmental Conservation

2015

Working paper  27 May, 2015

Understanding the demand for REDD+ credits

REDD (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation), broadened to REDD+, has recently emerged as a potentially important component of the global policy mix to mitigate climate change. In this … read more »

Research article  10 February, 2015

Conservation payments under uncertainty

The decision of whether to retain forest or convert to another land use is affected by uncertainty over future land use returns. This paper examines the design of conservation payments to landowners under uncertainty. Payments are either indexed to the returns from deforestation (agriculture), or to a market value associated with forest nonuse benefits. Payment size depends on the degree of correlation between payments and agricultural returns, and their relative volatility. Market-based payments for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) are simulated for Brazilian soybean growers. Payments indexed to carbon prices are larger than those indexed to international soybean prices. (JEL Q23, Q24) read more »

2014

Working paper  19 December, 2014

Urban development and air pollution: Evidence from a global panel of cities

Study examines air pollution concentration in 75 urban areas between 2005 and 2011. Focuses specifically on the impacts of changes in the urban environment and transportation mode on pollution. A … read more »

Working paper  9 September, 2014

Modelling land use, deforestation, and policy analysis: A hybrid optimization-ABM heterogeneous agent model with application to the Bolivian Amazon

Policy interventions designed to simultaneously stem deforestation and reduce poverty in tropical countries entail complex socio-environmental trade-offs. A hybrid model, comprising an optimising, agricultural household model integrated into the ‘shell’ … read more »

2013

Working paper  30 March, 2013

Economy-wide impacts of REDD when there is political influence

National-level strategies for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation(REDD), financed by international transfers, have begun to emerge. A three-sector model is developed to explore the economy-wide … read more »

2012

Research article  20 April, 2012

Enforcement-proof contracts with moral hazard in precaution: ensuring 'permanence' in carbon sequestration'

Opportunistic behaviour due to imperfect contract enforcement is a risk in many economic transactions. In this paper, an enforcement-proof incentive contract is developed in which a buyer demands a … read more »

Working paper  1 March, 2012

Dynamics of indirect land-use change: empirical evidence from Brazil

The expansion of a given land use may affect deforestation directly if forests are cleared to free land for this use, or indirectly, via the displacement … read more »

Working paper  1 January, 2012

Cost-effective payments for reducing emissions from deforestation under uncertainty

The paper analyses the implications of landowners’ option values in land allocation and derives policy recommendations for payments for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation … read more »

2011

Research article  5 December, 2011

Enforcement-proof contracts with moral hazard in precaution: ensuring 'permanence' in carbon sequestration

Opportunistic behaviour due to imperfect contract enforcement is a risk in many economic transactions. In this paper, an enforcement-proof incentive contract is developed in which a buyer demands a … read more »

2010

Working paper  1 September, 2010

Enforcement-proof contracts with moral hazard in precaution: ensuring 'permanence' in carbon sequestration

Opportunistic behaviour due to incomplete contract enforcement is a risk in many economic transactions, such as forest carbon sequestration contracts. In this paper, an enforcement-proof incentive … read more »

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Grantham Workshop 1 Nov 2017

Grantham Workshop | Charles Palmer and Ben Groom

Charles Palmer, Associate Professor of Environment and Development in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics, and Ben Groom, Associate Professor of Environment and Development … read more »

2015

Grantham Workshop 25 Nov 2015

Grantham Workshop | Charles Palmer 'On the impact of land use regulations on domestic energy consumption: panel data evidence for England'

Charles Palmer, Assistant Professor of Environment and Development at the London School of Economics, will be the speaker for this seminar. Urban development associated with ‘compact cities’ is synonymous with sustainability. … read more »

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