Join ALPINE for our upcoming webinar:
Assessing Local Economic Impacts and Opportunities for Land Protection in New England

Thursday, December 3rd, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Katharine Sims will present research about the economic impacts of land protection in New England, conducted in collaboration with partners at the Harvard Forest and the Highstead Foundation. The project uses data from towns and cities across New England between 1990 and 2015 to understand how new land protection has affected local area employment and housing permits. She will also discuss work in progress seeking to measure disparities in access to nearby open space in New England according to dimensions of social marginalization.

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Katharine Sims is an Associate Professor in the Economics and Environmental Studies Departments at Amherst College. She studies how policies simultaneously affect environmental protection and economic development and how changes in policy design can improve the balance between multiple social goals. She has contributed to long-term evaluations of land conservation policies including protected areas, payments for environmental services and community forestry in countries including Mexico, Thailand, Nepal and the U.S.

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