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Robert H. Beach

RTI Fellow, Agricultural, Resource & Energy Economics and Policy Program

Robert H. Beach, PhD, specializes in the development and application of economic models designed to analyze agricultural, environmental, energy, transportation, and natural resource regulations, programs, and policies. He is currently involved in the development of multiple forest and agricultural sector—as well as macroeconomic— models for use in assessment of both domestic and international policies and programs.

The applications of his research include studies evaluating the economic impacts of climate change and adaptation, the potential for and economic impacts of mitigating greenhouse gases from agriculture for regions around the world, and low emissions development strategies (LEDS). In addition, his research applications include the economic and environmental impacts of large-scale bioenergy production, land use change and associated greenhouse gas and other emissions including reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), potential mitigation and costs of black carbon and organic carbon emissions, risk management, and factors influencing forest investment and management.

Dr. Beach holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University.


PhD, Economics, North Carolina State University; BSE, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University.

Latest Publications

Zhang, Y.-.Q., Cai, Y., Beach, R.H., & McCarl, B.A. (2014). Modeling climate change impacts on the US agricultural exports. Journal of Integrative Agriculture, 13 (4):666-676.
Latta, G.S., Baker, J.S., Beach, R.H., Rose, S.K., & McCarl, B.A. (2013). A multi-sector intertemporal optimization approach to assess the GHG implications of U.S. forest and agricultural biomass electricity expansion. Journal of Forest Economics, 19 (4):361-383.
Birur, D.K., Beach, R.H., Loomis, R.J., Gallaher, M.P., & Dayton, D.C. (July 2013). Assessing environmental externalities of transportation fuels: RTI Press Publication No. RB-0004-1306. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
Birur, D.K., Beach, R.H., Loomis, R.J., Chipley, S., Gallaher, M.P., & Dayton, D.C. (July 2013). Externalities of transportation fuels: Assessing trade-offs between petroleum and alternatives: RTI Press Publication No. OP-0013-1307. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
Wainger, L.A., Van Houtven, G., Loomis, R., Messer, J., Beach, R., & Deerhake, M. (2013). Tradeoffs among ecosystem services, performance certainty, and cost-efficiency in implementation of the Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 42 (1):196-224.
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