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Randall Bluffstone

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First Name:Randall
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Last Name:Bluffstone
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Terminal Degree: Department of Economics; Boston University (from RePEc Genealogy)


(25%) Department of Economics
Portland State University

Portland, Oregon (United States)

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1721 SW Broadway, P. O. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207
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(25%) Department of Economics
University of Redlands

Redlands, California (United States)


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(25%) Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID)
Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts (United States)

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14 Story Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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(25%) Enheten för miliöekonomi
Nationalekonomiska institutionen
Göteborgs Universitet

Göteborg, Sweden

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Vasagatan 1, Box 640, 405 30 Göteborg
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Working papers

  1. Toman,Michael A. & Bluffstone,Randall, 2017. "Challenges in assessing the costs of household cooking energy in lower-income countries," Policy Research Working Paper Series 8008, The World Bank.
  2. Beyene,Abebe D. & Bluffstone,Randall & Gebreegziabher,Zenebe & Martinsson,Peter & Mekonnen,Alemu & Vieider,Ferdinand, 2015. "The improved biomass stove saves wood, but how often do people use it ? evidence from a randomized treatment trial in Ethiopia," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7297, The World Bank.
  3. Somanathan,E. & Bluffstone,Randall, 2015. "Biogas : clean energy access with low-cost mitigation of climate change," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7349, The World Bank.
  4. Beyene,Abebe D. & Bluffstone,Randall & Dissanayake,Sahan & Gebreegziabher,Zenebe & Martinsson,Peter & Mekonnen,Alemu & Toman,Michael A., 2015. "Can improved biomass cookstoves contribute to REDD+ in low-income countries ? evidence from a controlled cooking test trial with randomized behavioral treatments," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7394, The World Bank.
  5. Beyene,Abebe & Bluffstone,Randy & Gebreegzhiaber,Zenebe & Martinsson,Peter & Mekonnen,Alemu & Vieider,Ferdinand, 2015. "Do improved biomass cookstoves reduce fuelwood consumption and carbon emissions ? evidence from rural Ethiopia using a randomized treatment trial with electronic monitoring," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7324, The World Bank.
  6. Dissanayake,Sahan T. M. & Jha,Prakash & Adhikari,Bhim & Bista,Rajesh & Bluffstone,Randall & uintel,Harisharan & Martinsson,Peter & Paudel,Naya Sharma & Somanathan,E. & Toman,Michael A., 2015. "Community managed forest groups and preferences for REDD contract attributes: a choice experiment survey of communities in Nepal," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7326, The World Bank.
  7. Dissanayake,Sahan T. M. & Beyene,Abebe Damte & Bluffstone,Randall & Gebreegziabher, Zenebe & Martinsson,Peter & Mekonnen,Alemu & Toman,Michael A. & Vieider,Ferdinand M., 2015. "Preferences for REDD+ contract attributes in low-income countries : a choice experiment in Ethiopia," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7296, The World Bank.
  8. Bluffstone,Randy & Dannenberg,Astrid & Martinsson,Peter & Jha,Prakash & Bista,Rjesh, 2015. "Cooperative behavior and common pool resources : experimental evidence from community forest user groups in Nepal," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7323, The World Bank.
  9. Bluffstone,Randy & Somanathan,Eswaran & Jha,Prakash & Luintel,Harisharan & Bista,Rajesh & Paudel,Naya & Adhikari,Bhim, 2015. "Does collective action sequester carbon ? the case of the Nepal community forestry program," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7327, The World Bank.
  10. Bluffstone, Randy, 2014. "Child Labor, the Wealth Paradox, and Common Forest Management in Bolivia," Discussion Papers edf-dp-14-16, Resources For the Future.
  11. Vieider, Ferdinand M. & Beyene, Abebe & Bluffstone, Randall & Dissanayake, Sahan & Gebreegziabher, Zenebe & Martinsson, Peter & Mekonnen, Alemu, 2014. "Measuring risk preferences in rural Ethiopia: Risk tolerance and exogenous income proxies," Discussion Papers, WZB Junior Research Group Risk and Development SP II 2014-401, WZB Berlin Social Science Center.
  12. Beyene, Abebe D. & Bluffstone, Randall & Mekonnen, Alemu, 2013. "Community Controlled Forests, Carbon Sequestration and REDD+: Some Evidence from Ethiopia," Discussion Papers dp-13-07-efd, Resources For the Future.
  13. Bluffstone, Randy & Robinson, Elizabeth & Guthiga, Paul, 2012. "Deforestation and forest degradation are estimated to account for between 12 percent and 20 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions. These activities, largely in the developing world, released abou," Discussion Papers dp-12-11-efd, Resources For the Future.
  14. Kassie, Menale & Holden, Stein & Köhlin, Gunnar & Bluffstone, Randy, 2009. "Economics of Soil Conservation Adoption in High-Rainfall Areas of the Ethiopian Highlands," Working Papers in Economics 400, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  15. Garcia, Jorge & Bluffstone, Randy & Sterner, Thomas, 2009. "Corporate environmental management in transition economies: The case of Central and Eastern Europe," Working Papers in Economics 411, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  16. Yesuf, Mahmud & Bluffstone, Randy, 2008. "Risk aversion in low-income countries: Experimental evidence from Ethiopia [in Amharic]," Research briefs 15(16)AMH, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  17. Yesuf, Mahmud & Bluffstone, Randall, 2008. "Wealth and Time Preference in Rural Ethiopia," Discussion Papers dp-08-16-efd, Resources For the Future.
  18. Bluffstone, Randall & Yesuf, Mahmud & Bushie, Bilisuma & Damite, Demessie, 2008. "Rural Livelihoods, Poverty, and the Millennium Development Goals: Evidence from Ethiopian Survey Data," Discussion Papers dp-08-07-efd, Resources For the Future.
  19. Mekonnen, Alemu & Bluffstone, Ramdall, 2008. "Is There a Link between Common Property Forest Management and Private Tree Growing? Evidence of Behavioral Effects from Highland Ethiopia," Discussion Papers dp-08-29-efd, Resources For the Future.
  20. Kassie, Menale & Pender, John & Yesuf, Mahmud & Kohlin, Gunnar & Bluffstone, Randy & Mulugeta, Elias, 2007. "Impact of soil conservation on crop production in the Northern Ethiopian Highlands:," IFPRI discussion papers 733, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  21. Yesuf, Mahmud & Bluffstone, Randy, 2007. "Risk aversion in low income countries: Experimental evidence from Ethiopia," IFPRI discussion papers 715, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  22. Bluffstone, R.A., 1997. "Reducing Degradation of Forests in Poor Countries When Permanent Solutions Elude Us: What Instruments Do we Really Have?," Papers 604, Harvard - Institute for International Development.


  1. Gebreegziabher, Zenebe & Beyene, Abebe D. & Bluffstone, Randall & Martinsson, Peter & Mekonnen, Alemu & Toman, Michael A., 2018. "Fuel savings, cooking time and user satisfaction with improved biomass cookstoves: Evidence from controlled cooking tests in Ethiopia," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 52(C), pages 173-185.
  2. Ferdinand M. Vieider & Abebe Beyene & Randall Bluffstone & Sahan Dissanayake & Zenebe Gebreegziabher & Peter Martinsson & Alemu Mekonnen, 2018. "Measuring Risk Preferences in Rural Ethiopia," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 66(3), pages 417-446.
  3. Luintel, Harisharan & Bluffstone, Randall A. & Scheller, Robert M., 2018. "An assessment of collective action drivers of carbon storage in Nepalese forest commons," Forest Policy and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 90(C), pages 39-47.
  4. Bluffstone, Randall A. & Somanathan, E. & Jha, Prakash & Luintel, Harisharan & Bista, Rajesh & Toman, Michael & Paudel, Naya & Adhikari, Bhim, 2018. "Does Collective Action Sequester Carbon? Evidence from the Nepal Community Forestry Program," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 101(C), pages 133-141.
  5. Anasis, John G. & Khalil, Mohammad Aslam Khan & Butenhoff, Christopher & Bluffstone, Randall & Lendaris, George G., 2018. "A Combined Energy and Geoengineering Optimization Model (CEAGOM) for climate and energy policy analysis," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 218(C), pages 246-255.
  6. Alemu Mekonnen & Randall Bluffstone, 2017. "Does Community Forest Collective Action Promote Private Tree Planting? Evidence from Ethiopia," International Business Research, Canadian Center of Science and Education, vol. 10(5), pages 86-106, May.
  7. Beyene, Abebe D. & Bluffstone, Randall & Mekonnen, Alemu, 2016. "Community forests, carbon sequestration and REDD+: evidence from Ethiopia," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 21(02), pages 249-272, April.
  8. E. Somanathan & Randall Bluffstone, 2015. "Biogas: Clean Energy Access with Low-Cost Mitigation of Climate Change," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 62(2), pages 265-277, October.
  9. Marc Jeuland & Subhrendu K. Pattanayak & Randall Bluffstone, 2015. "The Economics of Household Air Pollution," Annual Review of Resource Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 7(1), pages 81-108, October.
  10. Randall Bluffstone & Mahmud Yesuf & Takuro Uehara & Bilisuma Bushie & Demessie Damite, 2015. "Livestock and Private Tree Holdings in Rural Ethiopia: The Effects of Collective Action Institutions, Tenure Security and Market Access," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 51(9), pages 1193-1209, September.
  11. Bluffstone, Randy & Robinson, Elizabeth & Guthiga, Paul, 2013. "REDD+and community-controlled forests in low-income countries: Any hope for a linkage?," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 87(C), pages 43-52.
  12. Menale Kassie & Gunnar Köhlin & Randy Bluffstone & Stein Holden, 2011. "Are soil conservation technologies “win‐win?” A case study of Anjeni in the north‐western Ethiopian highlands," Natural Resources Forum, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 35, pages 89-99, May.
  13. Jorge H. García & Randy Bluffstone & Thomas Sterner, 2009. "Corporate Environmental Management in Transition Economies: The Case of Central and Eastern Europe," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 59(5), pages 410-425, December.
  14. Mahmud Yesuf & Randall A. Bluffstone, 2009. "Poverty, Risk Aversion, and Path Dependence in Low-Income Countries: Experimental Evidence from Ethiopia," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 91(4), pages 1022-1037.
  15. Menale Kassie & John Pender & Mahmud Yesuf & Gunnar Kohlin & Randy Bluffstone & Elias Mulugeta, 2008. "Estimating returns to soil conservation adoption in the northern Ethiopian highlands," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 38(2), pages 213-232, March.
  16. Bluffstone, Randall & Boscolo, Marco & Molina, Ramiro, 2008. "Does better common property forest management promote behavioral change? On-farm tree planting in the Bolivian Andes," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 13(02), pages 137-170, April.
  17. Randy Bluffstone & Matt Braman & Linda Fernandez & Tom Scott & Pei-Yi Lee, 2008. "Housing, Sprawl, And The Use Of Development Impact Fees: The Case Of The Inland Empire," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 26(3), pages 433-447, July.
  18. Bluffstone, Randall, 2007. "Privatization and contaminated site remediation in Central and Eastern Europe: Do environmental liability policies matter?," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(1), pages 31-41, June.
  19. Randall A. Bluffstone & Brad Ouderkirk, 2007. "Warehouses, Trucks, And Pm," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 25(1), pages 79-91, January.
  20. Bluffstone, Randall A. & Anantanasuwong, Dararatt & Ruzicka, Ivan, 2006. "Mixing economic and administrative instruments: the case of shrimp aquaculture in Thailand," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 11(05), pages 651-667, October.
  21. Randall Bluffstone & Thomas Sterner, 2006. "Explaining Environmental Management in Central and Eastern Europe," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 48(4), pages 619-640, December.
  22. Randall Bluffstone & Daiva Semeniene & Jochem Jantzen, 2003. "How Much Will It Cost to Join the Club? The Extra Costs of Approximating Lithuanian Environmental Laws with Those of the European Union," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 26(2), pages 279-303, October.
  23. Bluffstone, Randall & DeShazo, J.R., 2003. "Upgrading municipal environmental services to European Union levels: a case study of household willingness to pay in Lithuania," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 8(04), pages 637-654, October.
  24. Randall Bluffstone & Theodore Panayotou, 2000. "Environmental Liability and Privatization in Central and Eastern Europe: Toward an Optimal Policy," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 17(4), pages 335-352, December.
  25. Ierland, Ekko Van, 1999. "Randall Bluffstone and Bruce A. Larson (eds), Controlling Pollution in Transition Economies: Theories and Methods, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, 1997. ISBN 1 85898 452 1," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 4(04), pages 599-602, October.
  26. Bluffstone, Randall, 1999. "Are the costs of pollution abatement lower in Central and Eastern Europe? Evidence from Lithuania," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 4(04), pages 449-470, October.
  27. Bluffstone, Randall A., 1998. "Reducing degradation of forests in poor countries when permanent solutions elude us: what instruments do we really have?," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 3(03), pages 295-317, July.
  28. Bluffstone Randall A., 1995. "The Effect of Labor Market Performance on Deforestation in Developing Countries under Open Access: An Example from Rural Nepal," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 29(1), pages 42-63, July.


  1. Randall Bluffstone & Bruce A. Larson (ed.), 1997. "Controlling Pollution in Transition Economies," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 1123.

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NEP is an announcement service for new working papers, with a weekly report in each of many fields. This author has had 16 papers announced in NEP. These are the fields, ordered by number of announcements, along with their dates. If the author is listed in the directory of specialists for this field, a link is also provided.
  1. NEP-AGR: Agricultural Economics (14) 2008-03-25 2008-03-25 2009-12-11 2013-05-11 2014-11-28 2014-12-29 2015-06-20 2015-06-20 2015-06-27 2015-06-27 2015-06-27 2015-06-27 2015-07-04 2015-08-30. Author is listed
  2. NEP-ENV: Environmental Economics (12) 2008-03-25 2009-12-11 2013-05-11 2014-12-03 2015-06-20 2015-06-20 2015-06-27 2015-06-27 2015-06-27 2015-06-27 2015-07-04 2015-08-30. Author is listed
  3. NEP-DEV: Development (8) 2008-03-25 2014-11-28 2014-12-03 2015-06-20 2015-06-27 2015-06-27 2015-07-04 2015-08-30. Author is listed
  4. NEP-EXP: Experimental Economics (6) 2008-03-25 2014-11-28 2015-06-20 2015-06-27 2015-06-27 2015-08-30. Author is listed
  5. NEP-AFR: Africa (4) 2008-03-25 2008-03-25 2009-12-11 2013-05-11
  6. NEP-ENE: Energy Economics (4) 2015-06-20 2015-06-27 2015-07-04 2015-08-30
  7. NEP-CBE: Cognitive & Behavioural Economics (3) 2008-03-25 2014-11-28 2015-06-27
  8. NEP-RES: Resource Economics (3) 2009-12-11 2009-12-11 2015-08-30
  9. NEP-UPT: Utility Models & Prospect Theory (3) 2008-03-25 2014-11-28 2014-12-29
  10. NEP-CDM: Collective Decision-Making (2) 2015-06-27 2015-06-27
  11. NEP-DCM: Discrete Choice Models (2) 2015-06-20 2015-06-27
  12. NEP-GER: German Papers (1) 2015-08-30
  13. NEP-MFD: Microfinance (1) 2008-03-25
  14. NEP-SOC: Social Norms & Social Capital (1) 2015-06-27
  15. NEP-TRA: Transition Economics (1) 2009-12-11


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