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I am a Professor of Economics in the Economics and Finance Department in the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business and the Environmental Studies Department in the Fulton School of Liberal Arts at Salisbury University. My areas of teaching include environmental and natural resource economics and microeconomics.  

My research is focused on understanding the tradeoffs between development and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. The substantial ecological costs of deforestation are well recognized and considered globally significant because they include biodiversity loss and contributions to climate change. A key question for policymakers who wish to reduce deforestation is to what degree these global losses are offset by local gains from economic development. My research is focused on developing answers to these complex and often politically energized questions. A second dimension of my research includes an investigation of teaching approaches and methods to improve student achievement.  


Caviglia-Harris Jill L., Trent Biggs, Elvino Ferreira, Daniel W. Harris, Katrina Mullan, Erin Sills (2021) “The Color of Water: The Impact of Green and Blue Water on Agricultural Productivity in the Western Brazilian Amazon,” World Development, in print.

Caviglia-Harris Jill, Karen Hodges, Brian Helmuth, Elena Bennett, Kathleen Galvin, Margaret Krebs, Karen Lips, Meg Lowman, Lisa A. Schulte, Edward A.G. Schuur (2021) “The Six Dimensions of Collective Leadership That Advance Sustainability Objectives: Rethinking What it Means to be an Academic Leader.” Ecology and Society, in print.

Wu, Yu, Katrina Mullan, Trent Biggs, Jill Caviglia-Harris, Daniel W. Harris, and Erin O. Sills. (2021) “Do Forests Provide Watershed Services for Farmers in the Humid Tropics? Evidence from the Brazilian Amazon.” Ecological Economics 183 (May): 106965.

Frey, Elaine, Jill Caviglia-Harris, and Patrick Walsh (2020) “Increasing Participation and Access to Economic Associations and Their Services,” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. DOI:


Caviglia-Harris, Jill L and Karl J. Maier (2020) “It's Not All in Their Heads: The Differing Role of Cognitive Factors and Non-Cognitive Traits in Undergraduate Success,” Education Economics DOI: 10.1080/09645292.2020.1729702

Caviglia-Harris, Jill L, (2020) "Using the Process Approach to Teach Writing in Economics" Journal of Economic Education 51(2): 116-129.


Biggs, Trent, Thais Muniz Ottoni Santiago, Erin Sills, and Jill Caviglia-Harris (2019) “The Brazilian Forest Code and Riparian Preservation Areas: Spatiotemporal Analysis and Implications for Hydrological Ecosystem Services,” Regional Environmental Change.


Caviglia-Harris, Jill L, (2018) “Agricultural Innovation and Climate Change Policy in the Brazilian Amazon: Intensification Practices and the Derived Demand for Pasture” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 30: 232-248.

West, Thales A.P. ⁠ Kelly A. Grogan⁠, Marilyn E. Swisher⁠, Jill L. Caviglia-Harris⁠, Erin O. Sills, Dar A. Roberts⁠, Daniel Harris⁠, Francis E. Putz⁠⁠ (2018) “Impacts of REDD+ Payments on a Coupled Human-Natural system in Amazonia” Ecosystem Services 33A: 68-76. 

Santiago, Thaís Muniz Ottoni, Jill Caviglia-Harris, and José Luiz Pereira de Rezende (2018) “Carrots, Sticks and the Brazilian Forest Code: The Promising Response of Small Landowners in the Amazon,” Journal of Forest Economics 30: 38-51.

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