My research focuses on the interaction of economic development and the environment. In particular, I am interested in the impacts of improved market access and property rights on land use and natural resources such as fish stocks, forests and biodiversity. I use mathematical models to guide my empirical analysis and to derive testable predictions. I often collaborate with environmental scientists to better understand and quantify the environmental changes and drivers.

I am co-PI of the Wildlife and Conservation Economics Laboratorywhich also hosts the profiles of my team members. I am also associated with the Centre for Food, Resource and Environmental Economics.


Working Papers


The impact of credit markets on natural resources with insecure property rights: Evidence from global fisheries 

with Christopher Costello, Revisions Requested, Journal of Political Economy.


A bird’s eye view on farm size and biodiversity

with Christian Levers, Johannes Kamp & Ashley Larsen, Conditionally Accepted, American Journal of Agricultural Economics.


Ecology of scope and the productivity of small-scale farming

with Martin Quaas, submitted


Sustainability ratings and outcomes in US fisheries

with Tim Cashion &  Rashid Sumaila, new version coming soon




Saving the world from your couch: The heterogeneous medium-run benefits of COVID-19 lockdowns on air pollution

Jean-Philippe Bonardi, Quentin Gallea, Dimitrija Kalanoski, Rafael Lalive, Raahil Madhok, Frederik Noack, Dominic Rohner and Tommaso Sonno, Environmental Research Letters, accepted.

The study was covered by The Conversation, the National Post, Global News, Spice Radio and other news outlets.


Human casualties are the dominant cost of human–wildlife conflict in India

Sumeet Gulati, Krithi K. Karanth, Nguyet Anh Le & Frederik Noack, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021.


Impact of local and landscape complexity on the stability of field-level pest control

Ashley Larsen & Frederik Noack, Nature Sustainability, 2020.


Resource abundance and education

Frederik Noack, Economic Development & Cultural Change, 2020.


The contrasting effects of farm size on farm incomes and food production.

Frederik Noack & Ashley Larsen, Environmental Research Letters, 2019.


Droughts, Biodiversity, and Rural Incomes in the Tropics.

Frederik Noack, Marie-Catherine Riekhof & Salvatore Di Falco, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 2019

Link to publication


Climate, crops, and forests: a pan-tropical analysis of household income generation.

Sven Wunder, Frederik Noack & Arild Angelsen, Environment and Development Economics, 2018. Link to the working paper.


Development in a Dual Economy: The Importance of Resource-Use Regulation.

Frederik Noack, Marie-Catherine Riekhof & Martin Quaas, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 2018. Link to the working paper.

Link to publication


Identifying the landscape drivers of agricultural insecticide use leveraging evidence from 100,000 fields.

Ashley Larsen & Frederik Noack, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017


Separate or mixed production of timber, livestock and biodiversity in the Caspian Forest.

Frederik Noack, Michael Manthey, Jack Ruitenbeek, & Marvie Mohadjerd, Ecological Economics, 2010.


Work in Progress

Rural to urban migration and agriculture in Uganda (working paper coming soon)

with Julia Brewer & Ashley  Larsen


Rural-urban migration and the organization of agriculture (working paper coming soon)

with Olivier Deschnes, Raahil Madhok, Mushfiq Mobarak


Natural resource decline and recovery (endogenous regulations)

with Marie-Catherine Riekhof


Fisheries regulation and income distributions

with Elyse Adamic and Martin Quaas


Multinational enterprises and the environment in Africa

with Dominic Rohner and Tommaso Sonno


Environmental shocks and rural to urban migration

with Patrick Baylis and Bianca Cecato