Jeffrey R. Vincent is the Clarence F. Korstian Professor of Forest Economics and Management in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Vincent’s research focuses on the economics of natural resource management and policy in developing countries. Much of his work focuses on the valuation of ecosystem services of tropical forests. Currently, his main project is a 3-year NASA-funded project on mangrove conservation in South Asia. He has related work on mangroves underway in the Philippines and Thailand.

Vincent has also worked extensively on the adjustment of national income and wealth accounts for resource depletion. His books include the Handbook of Environmental Economics (North-Holland, three volumes, 2003, 2005) and Managing Natural Wealth: Environment and Development in Malaysia (RFF Press, 2005). His articles have appeared in environmental economics journals, including the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, and Environmental and Resource Economics; economic development journals, including the World Bank Economic Review, Economic Development and Cultural Change, and World Development; forestry journals, including Forest Science and the Journal of Forestry; and general science journals, such as Science and the Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). He received the Cozzarelli Prize for the best article in applied biological, agricultural, and environmental sciences published in the PNAS in 2006 and the McKinsey Award for the most significant article published in the Harvard Business Review in 2003. Two of his articles were included on the list of the top 5 published in Environmental and Resource Economics in 2017. In 2014, he served as the global forestry expert at a workshop in Vatican City that contributed to preparation of the 2015 Papal Encyclical Letter, On Care for our Common Home.

Vincent has contributed substantial time annually to environmental economics capacity-building initiatives in developing countries since 1993. He has served on the international advisory committees of the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) and the South Asian Network of Development and Environmental Economists (SANDEE), is a resource person with SANDEE, and has been a resource person for the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA). He is a past coordinator of capacity-building programs at the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics in Stockholm, Sweden. He consults regularly for the World Bank and other international organizations. He has directed or worked on projects in Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Prior to joining Duke in July 2007, he held positions in the Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego (2001-7); the Institute for International Development at Harvard University (1990-2001); and the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University (1987-90). He has degrees from Yale University (Ph.D., 1988), Michigan State University (M.S., 1984), and Harvard University (A.B., 1981).

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Environmental Sciences & Policy


  • Ph.D., Yale University (1988)
  • M.S., Michigan State University (1984)

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