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Professor in Economics in the Business SchoolMHL 178+44 (0) 191 33 47253
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Riccardo Scarpa is an applied economist who was educated at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (1993-98), with a first degree (Laurea) in Agricultural Science from the University of Tuscia, Italy (1983-88) and an MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (1989-90). In 1998 he moved to the UK to take up a lectureship first in Newcastle and then at York. In 2005 he took a chair 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 a part-time associate professorship at the University of Verona at the dpt of Business Economics. Ric has acted as an expert for several national and international funding agencies (including the EU Commission) in grant proposal evaluations. He has also acted as external and internal member of several promotion 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. 

Publishing and editorial engagements

Ric’s has co-authored over 160 peer-reviewed interdisciplinary 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 70 academic journals and as an associate editor and member of the editorial board of several field journals. He has supervised over 20 PhD students, most of whom went on to academic or research-based positions. His publications have been cited more than 5,000 times in ISI journals (h-index 43). He has served in various editorial roles in all international agricultural economics journals. He still serves as member of editorial boards of journals in other fields. In the last 10 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.



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


Chapter in book

  • Koundouri, P., Scarpa, R. & Stithou, M. (2014). A Choice Experiment for the Estimation of the Economic Value of the River Ecosystem: Management Policies for Sustaining NATURA (2000) Species and the Coastal Environment. In Water Resources Management Sustaining Socio-Economic Welfare: The Implementation of the European Water Framework Directive in Asopos River Basin in Greece. Koundouri, P. & Nikos, A. Springer. 7: 101-112.
  • Ruto, E. & Scarpa, R. (2010). Using choice experiments to investigate preferences for cattle traits in Kenya. In Choice Experiments in Developing Countries: Implementation, Challenges and Policy Implications. Bennett, J. & Birol, E. Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar. 244-260.
  • Beharry-Borg, N. & Scarpa, R. (2010). Researcher-selected versus respondent-selected attributes: improved coastal water quality in Tobago. In Choice Experiments in Developing Countries. Bennett, Jeff. & Birol, Ekin. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, U.K. 67-86.
  • Beharry, N. & Scarpa, R. (2008). Valuing improved coastal water quality for beach recreation on the Caribbean island of Tobago. In Payment for Ecosystems Services. Kumar, P. & Muradian, R. Oxford University Press, U.K.
  • Campbell, D. Hutchinson, W.G. & Scarpa, R. (2008). Using mixed logit models to derive individual-specific WTP estimates for landscape improvements under agri-environmental schemes: evidence from the Rural Environment Protection Scheme in Ireland. In Choice Experiments Informing Environmental Policy: A European Perspective. Birol, E. & Koundouri, P. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham U.K. 58-81.

Journal Article

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