Harris Public Policy and the College
As an environmental economist, Eyal Frank works at the intersection of ecology and economics. His research addresses three broad questions, pertaining to how natural inputs, namely animals, contribute to different production functions of interest; how market dynamics reduce natural habitats and lead to declining wildlife population levels; and the costs, indirect ones in particular, of conservation policies. These areas of research present a causal inference challenge, as manipulating ecosystems and species at large scales is often infeasible. In his work, he draws natural experiments from ecology and policy, and uses econometric techniques to estimate different pieces of the puzzle regarding the social cost of biodiversity losses.
He received his PhD in sustainable development from Columbia University and earned an MA in economics and BSc in environmental sciences and economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For his dissertation work, Frank won the 2017 Wallace E. Oates Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, granted by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Most recently, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.