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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Dr Zhaoyang Liu (Leo) PhD (Cantab) MPhil (Cantab) MSc (Beijing) BSc (Beijing)
Assistant Professor in Applied Economics at the Department of Land Economy. Areas of his research interest include impact evaluation of environmental policies and valuation of ecosystem services in both rural and urban contexts, using applied economic methodologies such as micro-econometrics and economic experiments. The geographic focus of his research includes China, Africa and other regions. He has worked on a number of research projects in collaboration with international organisations and government bodies. He was Lecturer in Environmental and Health Economics at the University of Glasgow before joining Cambridge. 


Environmental economics 

Applied micro-econometrics

Experimental and behavioural economics


Key publications: 

Liu, Z. & Huang, H. (2022). Valuing water purification by forests: A production function approach using panel data from China's Sichuan provinceEnvironment and Development Economics, 27(6), 491–510.

Liu, Z., Hanley, N & Campbell, D. (2020). Linking urban air pollution with residents' willingness to pay for greenspace: A choice experiment study in Beijing. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 104, 102383.

Liu, Z., Xu, J., Yang, X., Tu, Q., Hanley, N. & Kontoleon, A. (2019). Performance of agglomeration bonuses in conservation auctions: Lessons from a framed field experiment. Environmental and Resource Economics, 73(3), 843–869.

Liu, Z. & Kontoleon, A. (2018). Meta-analysis of livelihood impacts of payments for environmental services programmes in developing countries. Ecological Economics, 149, 48–61.

Liu, Z., Gong, Y. & Kontoleon, A. (2018). How do payments for environmental services affect land tenure? Theory and evidence from china. Ecological Economics, 144, 195–213.

Teaching and Supervisions


Paper 1B: Macroeconomics; 

Paper 16: Land, Food and Ecosystem Services

Other Professional Activities

Referee activities: Journal of Environment Economics and Management, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Environment and Development Economics, Health Economics etc. (Summary on Web of Science

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