Economics Faculty and Staff

Katrina Mullan

Katrina Mullan

Assistant Professor

Office: Liberal Arts 412
Office Hours:

Tuesday 2-3pm; Thursday 11.30am-12.30pm; or by appointment

Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae


Fall 2016:

ECNS 201-03 - Principles of Microeconomics

ECNS 569 - Empirical Research Design

Spring 2017:

ECNS 560 - Advanced Econometrics

ECNS 569 - Empirical Research Design

Personal Summary

Katrina Mullan studies the drivers and impacts of land use change, with a current focus on Brazil, China, and the Northwest United States. She uses household surveys and remote sensing data to conduct quantitative empirical analyses, and has published in journals such as the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy and World Development. Dr. Mullan joined the University of Montana in 2012 to teach courses in Environmental Economics, Econometrics and Microeconomics. She has a PhD in Environment and Development Economics from Cambridge University, and previously advised on environmental policy for the UK government and the European Environment Agency.


2009 Cambridge University, PHD

2001, University of London, MSc

2000, Cambridge University, BA

Research Interests

Global efforts to address climate change and biodiversity loss increasingly require commitments from developing countries that they will make substantial reductions in current and future deforestation. My research examines the potential implications of this for poverty alleviation and ecosystem service provision. I focus on three specific questions:  

(1) Does current deforestation contribute to sustainable development?

(2) What are the impacts of forest conservation policies on rural poverty and household behavior?

(3) How effective are alternative policy mechanisms for forest protection?

To answer these questions I primarily use quantitative empirical methods, relying particularly on spatially-referenced panel datasets.

Field of Study

Environmental Economics; Development Economics; Applied Econometrics

Selected Publications

“Busting the Boom–Bust Pattern of Development in the Brazilian Amazon” (with Jill Caviglia-Harris, Erin Sills, Andrew Bell, Daniel Harris and Dar Roberts) World Development, 2016, Vol. 79, pp 82-96

 “Detecting and interpreting secondary forest on an old Amazonian frontier” (with Jill Caviglia-Harris, Michael Toomey, Daniel Harris, Andrew Bell, Erin Sills and Dar Roberts), Journal of Land Use Science, 2015, Vol. 10 (4), pp 442-465

“The estimation of long term impacts of China’s key priority forestry programs on rural household incomes” (with Can Liu, Hao Liu, Wenqing Zhu and Qingjiao Rong) Journal of Forest Economics, 2014, Vol 20(3), pp 267-285

“The reliability of retrospective data on asset ownership as a measure of past household wealth” (with Erin Sills and Simone Bauch), Field Methods, 2014, Vol 26(3), pp223-238

“Migration and Mobility on the Amazon Frontier” (with Jill Caviglia-Harris and Erin Sills), Population and Environment, 2013, Vol. 34 (3), pp 338-369.

“Participation in Payments for Ecosystem Services programs: accounting for participant heterogeneity” (with Andreas Kontoleon), Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2012, Vol. 1 (3), pp 235-254.

“Forest figures: Ecosystem services valuation and policy evaluation in developing countries” (with Paul Ferraro, Kathleen Lawlor and Subhrendu Pattanayak), Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2012, Vol. 6 (1), pp 20-44.

“Improving Household Surveys Through Computer Assisted Data Collection. Use of Touchscreen Laptops in Challenging Environments” (with Jill Caviglia-Harris, Simon Hall, Charlie MacIntyre, Simone Bauch, Daniel Harris, Erin Sills, Jeffrey Dawson, Brian Klitch, Dar Roberts, Michael Toomey, Hoon Cha),  Field Methods, 2012, Vol. 24, pp 74-94.

“Land tenure arrangements and rural-urban migration in China” (with Pauline Grosjean and Andreas Kontoleon), World Development, 2011, Vol. 39(1), pp123-133.

“When should households be compensated for land-use restrictions? A decision-making framework for Chinese forest policy” (with Andreas Kontoleon, Tim Swanson and Shiqiu Zhang), Land Use Policy, 2011, Vol 28 (2), pp 402-412.