Nils Droste a personal page


I am a Post-Doc at the Center for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC), Lund University, currently working on insurance values of soil biodiversity.

Generally, I am interested in applied econometric research on public finance institutions for land use, conservation, and participatory governance mechanisms for sustainable development and public good provision.

For my doctoral thesis at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, I have conducted econometric analyses to infer effects of ecological fiscal transfers on protected area development in Brazil and Portugal. From these empirical studies I have developed policy advice, e.g. for an ecological public finance design of EU funds.

Empirically, I employ micro-econometric techniques such as:

  • panel data analysis for a non-simultaneous self-selection into treatment of implementing ecological fiscal transfers in Brazil;
  • Bayesian structural time series analysis, simulating a counterfactual time series for fiscal transfer policy changes in Portugal; or
  • regression trees and random forest models for obtaining characteristics of potential beneficiaries of a EU wide ecological allocative mechanism of EU funds.

For current versions of the respective papers see publications. Generally, I am interested in how econometric methods can be used in order to assess effects of both existing and proposed policy changes.