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Robert H. Beach

Senior Research Economist

Robert Beach, PhD, specializes in the development and application of economic models to analyze agricultural, environmental, and natural resource regulations, programs, and policies. Research applications include studies evaluating the economic impacts of climate change on agriculture and forests, the potential for and economic impacts of agricultural mitigation of greenhouse gases for regions around the world, potential mitigation of black carbon and organic carbon emissions, farm household response to livestock disease prevention and control policies, risk management and crop insurance, policies to mitigate the impacts of natural disasters, and factors influencing forest investment and management. He has published his research in journals including the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Economics, the American Journal of Public Health, Forest Policy and Economics, The Energy Journal, and Land Economics. Dr. Beach is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University.


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

Latest Publications

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.
Van Houtven, G., Loomis, R., Baker, J., Beach, R., & Casey, S. (May 2012). Nutrient credit trading for the Chesapeake Bay: An economic study: Prepared for Chesapeake Bay Commission. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International.
Messer, J., Wainger, L., Wolcott, R., Almeter, A., Deerhake, M., Van Houtven, G., Loomis, R., Beach, R., Wood, D., et al. (Oct 2011). An optimization approach to evaluate the role of ecosystem services in Chesapeake Bay restoration strategies: U.S. EPA/600/R-11/001. Washington, DC: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Office of Research and Development.
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