césar viteri was awarded his ph.d degree in resource economics from university of massachusetts amherst in spring 2011. his dissertation uses contingent valuation methodologies to evaluate price structures that influence on the type of tourists arriving to the galapagos islands (ecuador) with the goal of reducing the likelihood of new invasive species.
his research is focused on the management of natural resources with emphasis in marine and coastal ecosystems. he has experience in research methods including contingent valuation, experimental economics, choice experiments, primary data collection and econometric models for panel data. césar has applied these methodologies to analyze challenges in the management of fisheries, effects of climate change on fisheries, and balancing tourist amenities with biodiversity protection. his research provides innovative solutions to policy makers for facing the challenges in natural resource management.
césar is currently a post doctoral research associate in the department of resource economics at the university of massachusetts amherst. he collaborates on a project to evaluate climate change effects on fisheries management in the northeast of usa. the project includes an interdisciplinary team and is funded through the national science foundation. for this project, he used z-tree software to create an economic experiment on the use of individual transferable quotas under resource uncertainty and imperfect enforcement.