My research focuses on the economics of water resource management. I strive to conduct economic analysis that leads to effective and efficient policy solutions for three major problems related to water quality and scarcity:

 

  • Inefficient water use in the agricultural sector;

  • Tradeoffs across economic and ecosystem uses of water; and

  • Wastewater management.

 

The methods and techniques I use to address these issues depend on the specific research question, but usually consist of applied microeconomic theory, dynamic optimization, applied econometrics, and policy analysis.

I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to address questions involving sustainable use and management of coupled human-natural systems, especially work that requires modeling human decision-making, hydrologic and ecological processes, and the connections between them.

 

I also currently serve as Director of the Consortium for the Valuation of Applications Benefits Linked with Earth Science (VALUABLES), a cooperative agreement between Resources for the Future (RFF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to carry out research, outreach, and communications activities relating to the societal value of information derived from Earth observations.

Tel: 202-328-5190      Email: kuwayama [at] rff [dot] org

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