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.


  1. Noack, F. & Larsen, A.E. (2019) The contrasting effects of farm size on farm incomes and food production. Environmental Research Letters. 14.
  2. Noack, F., Riekhof, M. C., & Di Falco, S. (2019). Droughts, Biodiversity, and Rural Incomes in the Tropics. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 6(4), 823-852.
  3. Noack, F. (accepted). Resource abundance and education. Economic Development & Cultural Change.
  4. Wunder, S., Noack, F., & Angelsen, A. (2018). Climate, crops, and forests: a pan-tropical analysis of household income generation. Environment and Development Economics, 1-19. Link to the working paper.
  5. Noack, F., Riekhof, M. C., & Quaas, M. (2018). Development in a Dual Economy: The Importance of Resource-Use Regulation. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 5(1), 233-263. Link to the working paper.
  6. Larsen, A. E., & Noack, F. (2017). Identifying the landscape drivers of agricultural insecticide use leveraging evidence from 100,000 fields. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114 (21), 5473–5478.
  7. Noack, F. A., Manthey, M., Ruitenbeek, J. H., & Mohadjer, M. M. (2010). Separate or mixed production of timber, livestock and biodiversity in the Caspian Forest. Ecological Economics, 70(1), 67-76.

Working Papers

  1. The impact of credit markets on natural resources with insecure property rights: Evidence from global fisheries, (with Christopher Costello, new version coming soon).
  2. Informal Credit Markets, Common-pool Resources and Education (with Marie-Catherine Riekhof).

Work in Progress

  1. The Direct and Cost of Living in Wildlife Reserves in India (with Sumeet Gulati and Krithi Karanth).
  2. Crop diversity and labor market imperfections (with Ashley Larsen and Martin Quaas).
  3. Crop diversity and weather shocks (with Delphine Renard).