Bianca Cecato, Ph.D.

Bianca Cecato, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

SPI - uOttawa

Welcome to my website!

I am a Posdoctoral Fellow and Researcher at the Smart Prosperity Institute at the University of Ottawa. I hold a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, where I studied topics at the intersection of economics and the environment. At SPI my main job is conducting research on nature-based solutions for climate, with a particular focus on market mechanisms to store more carbon in forests, while also conserving biodiversity and helping develop sustainable Indigenous economies. My other research interests include investigating the impact of newspaper closures on monitoring and enforcement of environmental regulations in the United States. Other projects I have focus on developing countries, more specifically on how internal migration can offset losses in consumption caused by weather and climate shocks in Indonesia, and on lead pollution and education outcomes in Mexico. Before joining UBC, I worked as a research analyst for the Office of the Chief Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank in Washington DC, on projects based in Latin America. When I am not in front of my computer, you can find me here.

  • Environmental economics
  • Sustainability
  • Climate change economics
  • Applied econometrics
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Ph.D. in Environment and Resource Economics, 2023

    University of British Columbia

  • MA in Economics, 2015

    PUC - Rio

  • BA in Economics, 2012

    FGV - Rio


Working Papers

“Newspapers, Information, and Enforcement of Environmental Laws”

“Can Migration Mitigate Weather and Climate Damages?”, with Frederik Noack and Patrick Baylis

“The Impact of Lead Exposure on Education: Evidence from Mexico”, with Erin Litzow, Mauricio Romero, and Tatiana Zarete

Work in Progress

“Environmental Justice and Enforcement of Pollution Standards”, with Phuong Ho and Almira Salimgarieva

Policy Reports

Lower Fraser Valley Visual Air Quality Pilot Study, in partnership with Metro Vancouver. UBC Sustainability Scholars report, 2019.