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Marc Ribaudo

Marc Ribaudo

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Marc Ribaudo is Chief of the Conservation and Environment Branch in ERS's Resource and Rural Economics Division, following his tenure as a Senior Agricultural Economist in the Branch.


Marc has been with ERS since 1983. He has specialized in conservation and environmental policies related to water quality. His research agenda has included work on the water quality benefits of the Conservation Reserve Program, targeting conservation programs for water quality improvement, costs of reducing atrazine in water, costs of reducing nutrient loads to the Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, design of nonpoint source control policies, costs of managing manure to reduce impacts on water quality, and the design of markets for environmental services.


Marc earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maine, and a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of Maine.

Professional Affiliations:

American Agricultural Economics Association, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, Soil and Water Conservation Society of America.

Selected Publications:

Savage, J., and M. Ribaudo. 2016. "Improving the Efficiency of Voluntary Water Quality Conservation Programs," Land Economics, Vol., 92, No. 1, pp. 148-166.

Iho, Antti, M. Ribaudo, and K. Hyytiäinen. 2015. "Water protection in the Baltic Sea and the Chesapeake Bay: Institutions, policies and efficiency,” Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 93, No. 1-2, pp. 81-93.

Ribaudo, M.; Savage, J. (2014). "Controlling Non-additional Credits from Nutrient Management in Water Quality Trading Programs Through Eligibility Baseline Stringency," Ecological Economics, Vol. 105, pp. :233-239.

Ribaudo, M.; Savage, J.; Talberth, J. (2014) "Encouraging reductions in nonpoint source pollution through point-nonpoint trading: The roles of baseline choice and practice subsidies," Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 560-576.

Savage, J.; Ribaudo, M. ( 2013) "Impact of environmental policies on the adoption of manure management practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed," Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 129, pp. 143-148.

Shortle, J.; Ribaudo, M.; Horan, R; Blandford, D. (2012) "Reforming Agricultural Nonpoint Pollution Policy in an Increasingly Budget-Constrained Environment," Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 46, No. 3, pp.1316-1325.

Ribaudo, M.O.; Gottlieb, J.(2011) "Point-Nonpoint Trading – Can it Work?" Journal of the American Water Resources Association, Vol. 47, No. 1, pp. 5-14.

Ribaudo, M.O.; Greene, C.; Hansen, L.; Hellerstein, D. (2010) "Ecosystem Services from Agriculture: Steps for Expanding Markets," Ecological Economics, Vol. 69, No. 11, pp.:2085-2092.

Ribaudo, M.O.; Johansson, R. (2007) "Nutrient Management Use at the Rural-Urban Fringe: Does Demand for Environmental Quality Play a Role?" Review of Agricultural Economics.

Ribaudo, M.; Johansson, R.; Jones, C. (2006) "Environmental Credit Trading: Can Farming Benefit?" Amber Waves.

Ribaudo, M.; Weinberg, M. (2005) "Improving Air and Water Quality Can Be Two Sides of the Same Coin." Amber Waves, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 34-41.

Ribaudo, M.; Agapoff, J. (2005) "Importance of Cost Offsets for Dairy Farms Meeting a Nutrient Application Standard." Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 173-184.

Ribaudo, M.O.; Heimlich R.; Peters, M. (2004) "Nitrogen Sources and Gulf Hypoxia: Potential for Environmental Credit Trading." Ecological Economics, Vol. 52, pp. 159-168.

Ribaudo, M.O., Cattaneo, A; Agapoff, J. (2004) "Cost of Meeting Manure Nutrient Application Standards in Hog Production: The Roles of EQIP and Fertilizer Offsets." Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 430-444.

Ribaudo, M. (2003) "Dead Zone in the Gulf: Addressing Agriculture’s Contribution." Amber Waves, Vol. 1, No. 5, p. 8.

Ribaudo, M.; Gollehon, N.; Agapoff, J. (2003) "Land Application of Manure by Animal Feeding Operations: Is More Land Needed?" Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Vol. 58, No. 1, pp. 30-38.

Ribaudo, M.; Hoag, D.; Smith, M.; Heimlich, R. (2001) "Politics and Indices in the Conservation Reserve Program," Ecological Indicators, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 11-20.

Ribaudo, M; Heimlich, R.; Claassen, R.; Peters, M. (2001) "Least-cost Management of Nonpoint Source Pollution: Source Reduction vs. Interception Strategies for Controlling Nitrogen Loss in the Mississippi Basin," Ecological Economics, Vol. 37, pp. 183-197.

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