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Riccardo Scarpa is an applied economist who was educated at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (M.A.1995, Ph.D.1999), with a first degree (Laurea) in Agricultural Science from the University of Tuscia, Italy (1988) and an MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (1990). In 1998 he was appointed as an R.A. in Newcastle and then as a lecturer (in Newcastle 2000 and in York 2001). In 2005 he was appointed as full professor at the Waikato Management School in NZ, where he still has academic involvement. In 2012-2014 he held the Gibson Chair in Environmental, Rural and Food Economics at Queens University Belfast. Since 2014 he has held an associate professorship at the University of Verona at the Management Dpt. Ric has acted as an expert for several national and international funding agencies as evaluator of research grant proposal. He has also acted as external and internal member of several promotion and PhD examination committees, including a role as OECD member of the “Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale” in Public Economics and Finance (sector 13/A3) for the Italian Government in 2013-14. Since 2022 he has the Italian full professor habilitation in the sector of Public Finance and Agricultural Economics and Rural Appraisal.


Publishing and editorial engagement

Ric has co-authored over 175 peer-reviewed papers which have been published in a variety of academic journals, including all top field journals in environmental and agricultural economics. Ric has acted as academic reviewer for over 100 academic journals and as an associate editor or member of the editorial board of several field journals. He has supervised over 25 PhD students, most of whom went on to take positions either in academia, or research institutions, or in the international civil service (UN, WB, EU commission). His publications have been cited more than 6700 times in ISI journals (h-index 42). He has served in various editorial roles in all international agricultural economics journals. In the last 15 years he has been consistently ranked in the top 1% of REPECS authors for H-index in economics and in the top 5% for most other indicators. His work is top-ranked cited in the REPECS sub-disciplines for agricultural economics, environmental and resource economics, discrete choice analysis, tourism economics.



Ric has a keen interest in making his research relevant to society and has been engaged in a variety of consultancy tasks using advanced stated choice survey design to derive estimates of nonmarket goods. His consultancy engagements touched on the economics of water, energy and transport utilities in the UK, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. More consultancy tasks were for international research organisations (e.g. FAO, CGIAR, OECD, etc.) and land management agencies (various national and regional parks) as well as local authorities. 

His most recent World Bank consultancy (2019-2020) involved participating in the team that evaluated the cost of environmental degradation in 2017 for the coastal area of the country of Georgia.

He is listed in the “top Italian Scientists List” for the macro area “business sciences”.

Current research projects and relevant links


Research interests

  • Econometrics of discrete choice
  • Public goods and quasi-public good valuation and financing


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