Faculty Expert Profile
- Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Business and Engineering
- Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Whiting School of Engineering
- Carey Business School
- Center for behavioral and experimental agri-environmental research (CBEAR)
- Business in Government (BIG) Initiative
Paul J. Ferraro is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Business and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Ferraro has a joint faculty appointment with the Whiting School of Engineering and the Carey Business School. His research focuses on behavioral economics and the design and evaluation of environmental programs in the private and public sector. Because these research areas are multi-disciplinary and applied, he collaborates with scientists and engineers from a variety of social, natural, and physical science disciplines, as well as practitioners in the field.
He recently posted an ideas article on Bloomberg Opinion in which he states that fighting climate change requires fighting for cheaper clean energy. Ferraro writes that "it's time to abandon the effort to secure a global deal to lower emissions, and instead work toward an agreement to make sizable investments in clean-energy technology."
Ferraro was quoted in the New York Times as an independent expert in an article focusing on research that showed that paying people not to cut down trees helped to slow deforestation. He said more foundations need to get more involved with such grants to generate more of those environmentally-friendly results.