Paul J. Ferraro, PhD

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Real Estate
Areas of Interest
Causal Inference, Behavioral Science, Environmental Policy, Field Experiment

Paul J. Ferraro, PhD (Cornell University) is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Business and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Ferraro has a joint faculty appointment in the Whiting School of Engineering and the Carey Business School. His research focuses on behavioral economics and the design and evaluation of environmental programs in the private and public sector. Because these research areas are multi-disciplinary and applied, he collaborates with scientists and engineers from a variety of social, natural and physical science disciplines, as well as practitioners in the field.


​BA (Biology and History), Duke University, 1990 MS, Duke University, 1994 PhD, Cornell University, 2001​

Honors and distinctions

  • Humanitas Visiting Professor of Sustainability, University of Cambridge, 2015-2016
  • Provost’s Faculty Fellow Award, 2013
  • National Academy of Sciences Cozzarelli Prize, 2012
  • Fulbright Scholar (Costa Rica), 2011-2012
  • Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, 2010
  • World Wildlife Fund Senior Science Fellow, 2006-present
  • Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund Visiting Scientist, 2007-2010

Selected publications

  • Ferraro, PJ, J Sanchirico, M Smith. In Press. Causal Inference in Coupled Natural Human Systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Ferraro, PJ, M Hanauer, D Miteva, J Nelson, S Pattanayak, C Nolte, K Sims. 2015. Estimating the Impacts of Conservation on Ecosystem Services by Integrating Modeling and Evaluation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112: 7420-7425.
  • Ferraro, PJ, M Hanauer. 2014. Quantifying Causal Mechanisms to Determine How Protected Areas Affect Poverty through Changes in Ecosystem Services and Infrastructure. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111:4332–4337.
  • Bolsen, T, PJ Ferraro, JJ Miranda. 2014. Are Voters More Likely to Contribute to Other Public Goods? Evidence from a Large-Scale Randomized Policy Experiment. The American Journal of Political Science 58(1): 17-30.
  • Ferraro, PJ, M Price. 2013. Using Non-pecuniary Strategies to Influence Behavior: evidence from a large-scale field experiment. The Review of Economics and Statistics 95(1): 64-73.
  • Castillo, M, PJ Ferraro, J Jordan, R Petrie. 2011. The Today and Tomorrow of Kids: time preferences and educational outcomes of children. Journal of Public Economics 95: 1377-1385.
  • Ferraro, PJ, M Hanauer and KE Sims. 2011. Conditions Associated with Protected Area Success in Conservation and Poverty Reduction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(34): 13913-13918.
  • Ferraro, PJ, JJ Miranda, M Price. 2011. Persistence of Treatment Effects with Norm-based Policy Instruments: evidence from a randomized environmental policy experiment. American Economic Review: papers and proceedings 101(3): 318–22.
  • Andam, KS, PJ Ferraro, KE Sims, A Healy, and MB Holland. 2010. Protected Areas Reduced Poverty in Costa Rica and Thailand. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107(22): 9996-10001
  • Andam, KS, PJ Ferraro, A Pfaff, GA Sanchez-Azofeifa, and J Robalino. 2008. Measuring the Effectiveness of Protected Area Networks in Reducing Deforestation.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105(42): 16089-16094.
  • Ferraro, PJ, and A Kiss. 2002.  Direct Payments for Biodiversity Conservation.  Science 298: 1718-1719.