Salvatore di Falco

Salvatore holds the following positions:


Salvatore has held a Lectureship in Applied Economics at the Department of Economics at the University of Kent, and postdoctoral positions at the National University of Ireland, University of Maryland and the University of East Anglia. He also held a visiting position at the University of Wisconsin.

Salvatore completed a first degree in Economics at the University of Palermo (Italy). He was awarded an Msc in Economics and a PhD in Environmental Economics from the University of York (UK).

Research interests

  • Environment and development economics;
  • Risk management in rainfed agriculture;
  • Adaptation to climate change;
  • Biodiversity;
  • Social capital and resource conservation.


Working paper  1 February, 2014

Is it the climate or the weather? Differential economic impacts of climatic factors in Ethiopia

This paper assesses the distinct impacts of weather and climate change measures on agricultural revenue of farm households in the Amhara region of Ethiopia. This distinction … 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 November, 2011

Income diversification, social capital and their potential role in uptake of marine Payments for Environmental Services schemes: a study from a Tanzanian fishing community

We analyse the role of risk mitigating strategies upon the willingness to adopt a marine PES scheme in fishing households. More specifically we focus on the … read more »

Working paper  30 May, 2011

Risk preferences and voluntary agri-environmental schemes: does risk aversion explain the uptake of the Rural Environment Protection Scheme?

The lowering of trade barriers under the successive reforms of the pillar I of the Common Agricultural Policy, the opening of the commodity markets to an … read more »


Research article  19 July, 2010

Agrobiodiversity, farm profits and land fragmentation: evidence from Bulgaria

This paper presents an empirical analysis of the role of land fragmentation, crop biodiversity and their interplay with farm profitability. Original primary data are drawn from a survey conducted … read more »

Working paper  25 May, 2010

Does adaptation to climate change provide food security? A micro-perspective from Ethiopia

We examine the driving forces behind farmers’ decisions to adapt to climate change, and the impact of adaptation on farmers’ food production. We investigate whether there … read more »


Research article  18 March, 2009

Social inequality and collective action: an empirical study of forest commons

Previous research has identified a range of variables conducive to the self-organization of user groups for participatory resource management, including the physical and technical attributes of the resource, the … read more »

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Grantham Workshop 15 Feb 2017

Grantham Workshop | Salvatore di Falco 'Necessity is the Mother of Invention: the Emergence of the Reluctant Entrepreneur in Rural Ethiopia'

Salvatore di Falco, a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, will be the speaker for this seminar. Abstract We … read more »


Grantham Workshop 18 Mar 2015

Grantham Workshop - Salvatore di Falco - "Dead Aid? The Embezzlement of Donors' Funds"

Salvatore di Falco, a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute will be the speaker for this seminar.


Grantham Workshop 28 Jan 2014

Adaptation, Green Growth and Urbanization Workshop

event was hosted by the Grantham Research Institute and the Spatial Economics Research Centre. The joint workshop consisted of four sessions, incorporating development and growth, spatial, natural hazards and policy, and … read more »


Seminars 18 May 2010

Salvatore di Falco - Does Adaptation to Climate Change Provide Food Security? Microevidence from Ethiopia

Speaker: Salvatore di Falco, department of geography and environment at LSE

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