Eyal Frank graduated from Columbia in 2017 (current website).
Focus area: intersection of economics and conservation.
His work addresses three broad questions: (i) how do natural inputs, namely animals, contribute to different production functions of interest, (ii) how do market dynamics reduce natural habitats and lead to declining wildlife population levels, and (iii) what are 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. He draws on natural experiments from ecology and policy, and use econometric techniques to advance our understanding regarding the social cost of biodiversity losses.