Maria Alejandra Vélez is an Associate Professor at the School of Management, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. Her research interests focus on decision-making and institutional design concerning developing country environmental and natural resource issues. Using economic field experiments, she has been studying local resource sharing and collective action dilemmas of rural villagers in Colombia, Brazil, Honduras and Mexico. Recently she is studying the effect of payment of environmental services on conservation outcomes and the impacts of collective property-rights regimes on institutional changes, landscape, and welfare of Afro-Colombian communities on the Pacific Coast.

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