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 Laboratory which also hosts the profiles of my team members. I am also associated with the Centre for Food, Resource and Environmental Economics.



Resource abundance and education

Frederik Noack, Economic Development & Cultural Change, forthcoming.


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


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.


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, 2018


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

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


Working Papers

The impact of credit markets on natural resources with insecure property rights: Evidence from global fisheries, (with Christopher Costello, new version coming soon).

Responses to weather and climate: a cross-section analysis of rural incomes(with Sven Wunder, Arild Angelsen and Jan Boerner).

Informal Credit Markets, Common-pool Resources and Education (with Marie-Catherine Riekhof)