Adan Leobardo Martinez-Cruz

Adan Leobardo Martinez-Cruz
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences | SLU · Department of Forest Economics

PhD Agricultural and Resource Economics
Empirical microeconomist with a broad interest across disciplines --I enjoy and seek for transdisciplinary projects.

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Introduction
I utilize nonmarket valuation methods as a pivotal tool to explore interdisciplinary synergies that deliver information useful for policy making. For instance, I am interested in intersecting expert elicitation protocols with discrete choice experiments and contingent valuation to increase precision of benefit transfer exercises. I am also working on complementarities between stated preferences data and revealed preferences data to address endogeneity and identification issues.
Skills and Expertise
Additional affiliations
December 2020 - September 2021
Charles Darwin Foundation
Position
  • Consultant
Description
  • Supporting design, implementation, and analysis of contingent valuation protocol that infers whether visitors to Galapagos Islands are willing to pay extra entrance fees that would finance conservation measures
September 2019 - present
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
May 2019 - September 2019
Inter-American Development Bank
Position
  • Visiting Scholar
Education
August 2006 - July 2012
University of Maryland, College Park
Field of study
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics
August 2006 - July 2013
University of Maryland, College Park
Field of study
  • Agricultural and Resource Economics
August 1998 - December 2002

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Publications (68)
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Consumers' limitations in assessing the lifetime cost of household appliances may sustain the much-cited energy efficiency gap. We analyse the impact of an individual's energy and investment literacy and two different types of decision support on the ability to identify the appliance with the lower lifetime cost in an online randomized controlled t...
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By 2025, the EU aims to develop 100 Positive Energy Districts (PEDs)-communities that promote renewables for energy generation and an environment that enables sustainable lifestyles on the part of the resident. Despite rising interest in the topic, prospective residents' preferences for PED configurations have yet to be documented. This paper addre...
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Commuting is expensive in megacities of emerging economies. By decreasing work-related trips, teleworking may reduce congestion and commuting time. Taking Mexico City’s office workers’ as case study, this paper reports findings from a discrete choice experiment (DCE) exploring willingness to see a cut in monthly paycheck in exchange for teleworking...
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Agriculture is an important sector of the Moroccan economy, employing a huge portion of the Moroccan population and contributing about 14-20% to the country's GDP. Unfortunately, agricultural production in Morocco is impacted by climatic, non-climatic, biophysical, and non-biophysical stressors. Researchers have employed various crop models to unde...
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Urban green spaces’ well documented role as a hub for physical and mental health was enhanced by restrictions to mobility issued worldwide as a response to COVID-19. In this context, managers of urban green spaces (UGS) were prompted to provide controlled access under impromptu safety protocols. This unprecedented challenge required planning and op...
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Small-scale farmers' willingness to adopt chemical-free inputs and engage in collaborative arrangements-A discrete choice experiment in Central Mexico Disposición de los pequeños agricultores a adoptar insumos libres de químicos y a involucrarse en acuerdos colaborativos-Un experimento de elección discreta en la zona centro de México. Abstract Obje...
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The availability of big data allows a wide range of predictive analyses that could inform policies for promoting sustainable behaviors. While providing great predictive power, adopted models fall short in explaining the underlying mechanisms of behavior. However, predictive analyses can be enhanced by complementary theory-based inferential analyses...
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Previous efforts exploring options to increase residential sector's energy efficiency have overlooked that highlighting co-benefits associated with energy efficiency may represent a promising strategy to draw attention from decision makers. For instance, in addition to savings in energy costs, buildings equipped with energy saving and comfort venti...
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Air pollution is among the most pressing environmental issues worldwide. Unfortunately, an effective reduction in air pollution remains elusive, and so does the incorporation of scientific evidence into air quality policies. This paper takes seven Mexican cities as study cases to document barriers and opportunities to incorporate scientific evidenc...
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Air pollution is among the most pressing environmental issues worldwide. Unfortunately, an effective reduction in air pollution remains elusive, and so does the incorporation of scientific evidence into air quality policies. This paper takes seven Mexican cities as study cases to document barriers and opportunities to incorporate scientific evidenc...
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India has made commitments at the global level towards supporting sustainable development goals and is progressing towards achieving them. Its position in the composite sustainable development index improved from 57 in 2018 to 60 in 2019 (Economic Survey 2019–2020, Government of India, in Sustainable development and climate change, Chapter 6, 2:167...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to managers of urban green spaces. As suggested by findings from 18 structured interviews from six Latin American countries reported in this paper, managers in Latin America have not been able to take the most advantage of available green space during the COVID-19 lockdown. At the core of t...
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Global coastal environments are highly vulnerable to degradation due to anthropogenic pressures as they host close to half of the world's population in addition to having rich marine and terrestrial biodiversity. Worldwide degradation of coastal environments causes marine biodiversity to become an increasingly scarce resource. Consequently, locatio...
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ARTICLE INFO Keywords: Renewa ble energy so urces Green jo bs Just energy tran si tion Discrete choice experi ment Agua scal ientes Mexi co ABSTRACT Via a discrete ch oice experime nt (DCE), a sample of urban residents that contribute to their household electricity bill in Aguascalientes, Mexico, has be en asked to ch oose from am ong four electric...
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Teleworking from home during the COVID-19 pandemic has faced challenges specific to cities of emerging economies-e.g. lack of access to internet. This paper points out that these challenges may be overcome if teleworking is performed from a shared office located within reasonable commuting time from a worker's home. In November and December 2019, a...
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Cities in drylands are expected to experience increasing challenges when it comes to air pollution. Currently, concentrations of particulate matter in these cities frequently reach dangerous levels. Urban afforestation represents an alternative to increase human health in arid cities via air-filtering and dry deposition. By simulating a non-existin...
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As of April 21, 2020, the Mexican Federal administration has committed a one-time transfer of MXP 7,200 (USD 374) to 193,200 fishers to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic. This amount affords a 4-member rural household’s basic basket of goods during a month and a half. Fishers, however, most likely will need support for a longer period. In t...
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The finding reported in this manuscript, we argue, support the claim that a policy simultaneously boosting renewable energies and the creation of green jobs in Mexico would i) have the support of residential electricity consumers; ii) help in recovering from the post-coronavirus recession; and iii) provide a just transition for workers currently em...
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The transition of artisanal fishing communities to alternative livelihoods is a pressing issue around the world-due to either overexploitation of the fishing stock or climate change related impacts or biodiversity loss associated with by-catch. Learning the factors that increase the probability of a successful transition is useful for policy design...
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A longstanding interest from environmental economists on winter outdoor recreation has overlooked activities practiced outside the boundaries of winter resorts—e.g. ski mountaineering. This paper implements the Travel Cost Method to estimate consumer surplus per season derived from ski mountaineering and snowshoeing in Val Bedretto—a valley located...
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This note shows that, if a Bivariate Probit (BP) model is estimated on data arising from a Recursive Bivariate Probit (RBP) process, the resulting BP correlation parameter is a weighted average of the RBP correlation parameter and the parameter associated to the endogenous binary variable. Two corollaries follow this proposition: i) the interpretat...
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Actual and perceived damages from environmental disamenities can disrupt a utility maximizing household's otherwise optimal decision of when to sell their home. This study examines this relatively under-investigated topic with an empirical application to petroleum releases from leaking underground storage tanks, like those commonly found at gas sta...
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Previous evaluations of emissions-based car taxes have estimated their impact on the shares or sales of new vehicles. In contrast, we ask whether taxes that penalize high emitters induce changes in the retirement of existing and inefficient vehicles. We exploit natural experiment conditions in Switzerland to analyze the impact of three different “b...
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The Swiss Household Energy Demand Survey (SHEDS) has been developed as part of the research agenda of the Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society, and Transition (SCCER CREST). It is designed to collect a comprehensive description of the Swiss households’ energy-related behaviors, their longitudinal changes and the existing potentials for...
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Background: Despite that urban ecosystems are exceptionally important in providing services with direct impact on people’s health, security, and recreation, policy makers had largely overlooked their relevance. Nonmarket valuation of urban ecosystems is useful to inform costbenefit analyses -which is particularly pressing in developing world cities...
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Aquifer overdraft is a key public concern in arid and semiarid regions —where agriculture is responsible of most of the water extraction. To tackle this problem, policy interventions in those regions most frequently focus on investment in irrigation technologies. However, these investments are usually carried out without consideration of the effect...
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Assessment of the expected impacts from climate change is an essential input for agencies engaged in fostering adaptation of local social-ecological systems. However, data is seldom available at the required scale. This study overcomes this hurdle by gathering data via an expert elicitation protocol. We report experts' judgements about two topics:...
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Background: Despite that urban ecosystems are exceptionally important in providing services with direct impact on people's health, security, and recreation, policy makers had largely overlooked their relevance. Non-market valuation of urban ecosystems is useful to inform cost-benefit analyses-which is particularly pressing in developing world citie...
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By means of a single-bounded, referendum format contingent valuation, this paper estimates willingness to pay (WTP) for improved air quality among residents of Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA). Findings from this paper illustrate heterogeneity in WTP associated with environmental and social attitudes, and family concerns. For instance, WTP is h...
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This study explores whether expert elicitation may help reducing benefit transfer errors. The elicitation protocol developed in this project is planned to be implemented to experts on non-market valuation and benefit transfer. As a first step, it has been tested on university-degree students who have attended a non-market valuation class during the...
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This study analyzes the extent of downward bias in the calculation of inequality of opportunity for continuous outcomes such as income. A typically recognized source of bias is the unobserved circumstances as there is a limited set of variables available in household and labor force surveys. Another previously overlooked source is the likely unobse...
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Due to the high density of beneficiaries, peri-urban ecosystems are exceptionally important in providing services with direct impact on people's health and security. This paper provides estimates of the recreational value of two peri-urban forests in Mexico City ---Desierto de los Leones National Park and Dinamos Park. It does so by estimating late...
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Current research practices include estimation of latent class logits on data collected with discrete choice experiments. This practice relies on a mismatch in the characterization of heterogeneity in preferences: while discrete choice experiments usually assume homogeneity, latent class logits seek for discrete heterogeneity. This paper uses Monte...
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We use a contingent valuation approach to estimate the economic value assigned to Iranian households for the preservation of coral reefs at Kish Island. These coral reefs survive in extreme weather conditions and, therefore, are used as a natural laboratory to study impacts of climate change. A one-and-one-half-bound elicitation process was impleme...
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Vaquita marina, a small species of porpoise endemic to the Northern Gulf of California in Mexico, is the world’s most endangered cetacean species. With the purpose of preserving vaquita, the Mexican government launched PACE-Vaquita in 2008. This voluntary program offers an innovative schedule of compensations: as in a payment-for-conservation progr...
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This paper presents an estimate of the minimun consumptive value of the Desierto de los Leones National Park. This value allows decision makers consider benefits which commonly are not quantified. The analysis is based upon the Travel Cost method modeled as an endogenously stratified Poisson distribution. The consumptive value of the park, dependin...
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This paper presents estimations of recreational demands in the presence of heavy users. Heavy users are a small but non-trivial group of users that determines the tail's thickness of trips' distribution. As a consequence of limits in the dispersion a negative binomial model can handle, negative binomial specifications do not yield reasonable demand...
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This paper examines the possibility of the removal of the subsidy to the electric tariff for pumping for irrigation purposes. Benefits are obtained since aquifers are less over- exploited and a more efficient use of the water is promoted in rural areas.
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The contingent valuation method is applied to obtain the amount at which people who live in the metro- politan Areas of mexico City are willing to return soda plastic containers. The study shows that two pesos is enough for 87% of containers to be returned.
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From pages 2-3: "Nuestro estudio surge a partir de la argumentación del estudio realizado porCESPEDES y CEMDA, en torno a que PROCEDE constituye un incentivo a la deforestaciónen núcleos agrarios, dada la prohibición de parcelar bosques o selvas (Ley Agraria, 1992).Aunque no existe mucha investigación relativa al impacto estadístico que PROCEDEha t...

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Document how citizens in Latin American cities perceive and interact with urban green infrastructure in their surrondings. Provide estimates of benefits that urban green infrastructure provides to residents in Latin American cities. Discuss public policies to improve provision and governance of urban green infrastructure in Latin American cities.
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Contribute to the energy transition in Switzerland by providing detailed, evidence-based recommendations on policies that help to reduce energy demand, foster innovation, and increase the share of renewables in a cost-efficient way.