Board Member and Research Fellow


  • Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, 2002
  • M.S., Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin – River Falls, 1993
  • B.A. Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman, 1985

Research Interests

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Teaching, Research, and Other Positions

  • Associate Professor
  • College Secretary of the UP School of Economics, May 2007-July 2008
  • Consultant/Environmental Economist, Environment Department, The World Bank, February 2003 – June 2005
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, October 2002 – February 2003
  • Consultant, U.N. World Food Programme, September-December 2001

Selected Publications/Discussion Papers

  •  Arcenas, A. (Forthcoming).  The Poverty and the Environment Nexus: Some Pressing Issues in the Philippines.  A chapter in the revised version of the book Causes of Poverty: Myths, Facts and Policies: A Philippine Study to be published by the Southeast Asian Regional Council on Agriculture (SEARCA).
  • Arcenas, A., Joseph Capuno, and Alice Ferrer. (Submitted October 2010). The Political Economy of Coastal Resource Management in the Philippines: The Case of the Banate Bay Resource Management Council in Iloilo, Asian Economic Journal.
  • Arcenas, A., Joseph Capuno, and Alice Ferrer. (2010) Coastal and Marine Resource Management in the Philippines: An Analysis of the Political Economy to Manage the Banate Bay in Iloilo. Paper presented at the East Asia Economic Association 12th Convention in Seoul, Korea, October 2-3, 2010.
  • Pagiola, Stefano, Anna Rios, and Agustin Arcenas. (2010). Poor Household Participation in Payments for Environmental Services? Lessons Learned from the Silvopastoral Project in Quindio, Colombia. Environmental Resource Economics. (Electronic Version, 28 May 2010).
  • Arcenas, Agustin, Jan Bojö, Bjørn Larsen, and Fernanda Ruiz Ñunez. (2010). The Economic Costs of Indoor Air Pollution: New Results for Indonesia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste, Journal of Natural Resources PolicyResearch, (2): 1, 75 — 93.
  • Arcenas , Agustin. (2009).  Environmental Health: Economic Costs of Environmental Damage and Suggested Priority Interventions. Chapters 2-4 of The Philippines: Country Environmental Analysis published by The World Bank.
  • Pagiola, Stefano, Anna Rios, and Agustin Arcenas. (2008). Can the Poor Participate in Payments for Environmental Services? Lessons Learned from the Silvopastoral Project in Nicaragua. Environment and Development Economics, (13): 3, 299-325.
  • Arcenas, A. (2005). Payment for Environmental Services: From Theory to Experience in the Field. Bayad Kalikasan (9): 1-4.
  • Arcenas, A. (2005). Demystifying Payment for Environmental Services: Some Concepts and Lessons Learned in the Field. Paper presented at the Workshop on National List of Environmental Goods and Services, UNEP/UNCTAD, Manila, June 8-9, 2005.
  • Pagiola, Stefano, Agustin Arcenas, and Gunars Platais, G. (2005). Can Payment for Environmental Services Help Reduce Poverty? An Exploration of the Issues and Evidence to Date from Latin America. World Development 33 (2): 237-253.
  • Pagiola, Stefano, Agustin Arcenas, and Gunars Platais. (2003). Poverty Impacts of Payment for Environmental Services. Paper presented at Reconciling Rural Poverty Reduction and Resource Conservation: Identifying Relationships and Remedies in Ithaca, New York.
  • Arcenas, A. (2001). Farmer-led Soil Conservation Initiative in a Developing Country Setting: The Case of the Claveria Land Care Association (CLCA) in Misamis Oriental, Philippines. Poster presentation at the American Agricultural Economics Association Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Batie, Sandra and Agustin. Arcenas (1998). Toward Agricultural Environmental Management: Applying Lessons from Corporate Environmental Management . East Lansing, Department of Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, Lansing:  1-91.