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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

Beach, R.H., Cai, Y.X., Thomson, A., Zhang, X.S., Jones, R., McCarl, B.A., et al. (2015). Climate change impacts on US agriculture and forestry: benefits of global climate stabilization. Environmental Research Letters, 10 (9).
Calvin, K.V., Beach, R., Gurgel, A., Labriet, M., & Rodriguez, A.M.L. (2015). Agriculture, forestry, and other land-use emissions in Latin America. Energy Economics, Advance Online Publication .
van Ruijven, B.J., Daenzer, K., Fisher-Vanden, K., Kober, T., Paltsev, S., Beach, R.H., et al. (2015). Baseline projections for Latin America: Base-year assumptions, key drivers and greenhouse emissions. Energy Economics, Advance Online Publication .
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.
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  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Policy Analysis
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Economic Impact Analysis