Brian Lee

STEP PhD Student
310 Robertson Hall

I am a first-year Ph.D. student advised by Dr. David Wilcove in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Program at Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs.

My research interests lie at the intersection of agricultural economics and conservation science. Specifically, I hope to apply methods from agricultural economics to answer questions related to biodiversity. Some of my previous work examined the causal impact of afforestation programs on income inequality among forest farm households in Taiwan. I have also examined the causal impact of COVID-19 on metro use in Taiwan. In the future, the research questions that I hope to answer include how conservation policies affect farmland and farm households. I am also interested in studying the impact of agricultural production on biodiversity.

I completed a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics on a Fulbright Grant at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. I also have a B.S. in Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Selected Publications

B. Lee., S-Y. Wang., T-C. Lin., H-H. Chang. "Underground pipeline explosions and housing prices: Quasi-experimental evidence from an urban city." Land Use Policy, Forthcoming. DOI:

H-H. Chang., B. Lee., Y-T. Hsieh. "Participation in afforestation programs and the distribution of forest farm income." Forest Policy and Economics, 129, 2021. DOI:

B. Lee., H-H. Chang., S-Y. Wang. "Solar power promotion plans, energy market liberalization, and farmland prices: Empirical evidence from Taiwan." Energy Economics, 99, 2021. DOI:

H-H. Chang., B. Lee., F-A. Yang, Y-Y. Liou. "Does COVID-19 affect metro use in Taipei?" Journal of Transport Geography, 91, 2021. DOI:

B. Lee., J-Y. Liu., H-H. Chang. "The choice of marketing channel and farm profitability: Empirical evidence from small farmers." Agribusiness, 36(3), 2020. DOI: