Frederik Noack

Frederik Noack

Assistant Professor, Food and Resource Economics Group

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Economic and Environmental Interactions


MacMillan 331, 2357 Main Mall

The University of Kiel, 2014, PhD Economics

University of Greifswald, 2008, Diplom Landscape Ecology

My research focuses on the interaction of economic development and the environment. Specifically, I am interested how improved market access and property rights affect rural welfare and natural resources such as forests, fish stocks and biodiversity.

ECON/FRE374 Land and Resource Economics

The course is an intermediate course in land and resource economics that covers essential topics such as externalities, valuation methods, and environmental policies but also more advanced topics such as the optimal management of non-renewable and renewable resources. It includes many real-world examples and active learning activities. We use those to apply the concepts to new situations and scrutinize the underlying assumptions.

FRE603 (FRE 521R) Advanced Food and Resource Economics

What is the best use of renewable and non-renewable resources from society’s perspective? How much fish should we harvest now, and how much should we leave in the oceans to grow and reproduce? How much oil should we use now, and how much should we leave for the future? Should our decisions change if we consider our impact on the oceans or the climate system? This course answers these and similar questions. To do so, it introduces the fundamental mathematical tools for resource economics and dynamic systems. We then discuss how these tools are used to derive essential results in resource economics. Finally, we will apply these tools to current environmental and resource problems to formulate policies that ensure optimal use from a societal perspective.

See Google Scholar for a complete list of publications.

  • Noack, F. & Costello, C. (Conditionally accepted) The impact of credit markets on natural resources with insecure property rights: Evidence from global fisheries, Journal of Political Economy.
  • Renard, D., Mahaut, L., & Noack, F. (2023). Crop diversity buffers the impact of droughts and high temperatures on food production. Environmental Research Letters.
  • Brewer, J., Larsen, A., & Noack, F. (2022). The land use consequences of rural to urban migration. American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
  • Noack, F., Larsen, A., Kamp, J., & Levers, C. (2022). A bird's eye view of farm size and biodiversity: The ecological legacy of the iron curtain. American Journal of Agricultural Economics.
  • Gulati, S., Karanth, K. K., Le, N. A.*, & Noack, F. (2021). Human casualties are the dominant cost of human–wildlife conflict in India. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Larsen, A. E., & Noack, F. (2021). Impact of local and landscape complexity on the stability of field-level pest control. Nature Sustainability.
  • Noack, F., & Larsen, A. (2019). The contrasting effects of farm size on farm incomes and food production. Environmental Research Letters.
  • Noack, F., Riekhof, M. C., & Di Falco, S. (2019). Droughts, biodiversity, and rural incomes in the tropics. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
  • Noack, F., Riekhof, M. C., & Quaas, M. (2018). Development in a dual economy: The importance of resource-use regulation. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.