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Samrat Kunwar

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PhD Candidate


My broad research interests are in the field of environmental and natural resource economics,  applied econometrics, and health economics. My primary area of focus is in non-market valuation methods, survey design, and climate change adaptation in the context of developing countries. My research strength lies in employing interdisciplinary, data-intensive and spatially explicit methods to investigate policies pertinent to environmental and public health issues. In my dissertation, I explore the challenges of urbanization with regards to river ecosystem services and drinking water quality in Nepal. Moving away from the urban sector , I also explore the impact of climate change on agricultural productivity and farmland values in rural Nepal. I use a combination of primary survey and secondary dataset, and employ empirical techniques that includes discrete choice modeling and spatially explicit regression models to answer these questions. Visit my website:

 Research Interest:

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Health Economics


  • Neupane, D., Kunwar, S., Bohara, A. K., Risch, T. S., & Johnson, R. L. (2017). Willingness to pay for mitigating human-elephant conflict by residents of Nepal. Journal for Nature Conservation36, 65-76.
  • Kunwar, S. B., & Bohara, A. K. (2017). Climate sensitivities and farmland values in Nepal: A spatial panel Ricardian approach. Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics9(6), 145-161.