+ Ph.D., University of Texas
+ M.Sc. London School of Economics and Political Science
+ MPA, University of Texas
+ A.B., Brown University
"Water resources planning under climate change: Assessing the robustness of real options for the Blue Nile", AGU Publications. 2014. (with Marc Jeuland).
Prof. Whittington's Nov 2013 interview on Ethiopian television on Nile water management and the Grand Renaissance Dam
Dr. Whittington teaches courses in cost-benefit analysis, environmental economics, and water resources planning and policy in developing countries.
PLAN 685/ENVR 685: Water Policy in Lesser Developed Countries
PLAN 785/ENVR 785: Public Investment Theory and Techniques
PLAN 799: International Conflict Management
Research and Practice
Dr. Whittington is a Professor of Environmental Sciences & Engineering, City & Regional Planning, and Public Policy, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 1986 he has worked for the World Bank and other international agencies on the development and application of techniques for estimating the economic value of environmental resources in developing countries, with a particular focus on water and sanitation and vaccine policy issues. He has designed and carried out valuation studies in Haiti, Guatemala, Mexico, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Pakistan, Nepal, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Bulgaria, and Ukraine.
His current research focuses on the following four areas: (1) the development of planning approaches and methods for the design of improved water and sanitation systems for the rapidly growing cities of Asia; (2) the design of municipal water tariffs in developing countries; (3) estimating the economic benefits of vaccines for malaria, typhoid, cholera, and HIV/AIDS; and (4) Nile water management issues. Prof. Whittington is the author (with Prof. Duncan MacRae) of a graduate textbook on public policy analysis, Expert Advice for Policy Choice.
Please select one of the following topics for more research information:
Invited Lecturer - Rethinking the Economics of Water and Sanitation Investments: Department of Urban Studies and Planning (M.I.T.). SPURS Seminar. 2005.
Invited Lecture - Rethinking the Millennium Development Goals for the Water and Sanitation Sector: Implications for India:. Institute of Development Studies. University of Calcutta. 2004.
Invited Seminar Presentation - Household Willingness to Pay for Typhoid and Cholera Vaccine in Kolkata. National Institutes for Cholera and Enteric Diseases. Kolkata, India. 2004.
Conference Paper Presentation - The Use of the Contingent Valuation Method and Travel Cost Models in Developing Countries. World Bank Training Program - Economics and the Environment. 2004.
Invited Address - The Investment Case for New Generation Vaccines for Typhoid in Vietnam, Pakistan, and Indonesia: 3 Plenary Lectures. International Conference on Tranrelational Research on Typhoid Vaccines. Hanoi, Vietnam. Sponsored by the International Vaccine Institute and the National Institutes of Health and Epidemiology, Vietnam. 2005.
Invited Lecture - The Consequences of Trade Liberalization for the Water and Sanitation Sector in Developing Countries. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Paris, France. 2005.
Keynote Address - Do Municipal Water Supply and Sanitation Investments Pass a Cost-Benefit Test? Biannual Meetings of the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia. Bangkok, Thailand. 2004.
Selected Recent Publications
Opportunities for Cooperative Water Resources Development on the Eastern Nile: Risks and Rewards. Final Report of the Scoping Study Team to the Eastern Nile Council of Ministers. October, 2008. 85 pages. Washington D.C.: World Bank. (with Don Blackmore).
“Estimation of Water Demand in Developing Countries: An Overview.” The World Bank Research Observer. November 11, 2009. pp. 1-32. (with Celine Nauges).
“Estimating the private benefits of vaccination against cholera in Beira, Mozambique: A travel cost application.” Journal of Development Economics. Vol. 91, Issue 2, March 2010.
pp. 310-322. (with Marc Jeuland, Marcelino Lucas, and John Clemens).
“What Have We Learned from Twenty Years of Stated Preference Studies in Less Developed Countries?” Annual Review of Resource Economics. Vol. 2, 2010. pp. 209-236.
“Costs of Illnesses due to Endemic Cholera." Epidemiological Infections. 2011. doi:10.1017/S0950268811000513. 10 pages. Cambridge University Press. (with C Poulos, A Riewpaiboon, JF Stewart, J Clemens, S Guh, M Agtini, D Sur, Z Islam, M Lucas, and the DOMI Cholera COI Study Group).
“Costs of illness due to typhoid fever in five Asian countries.” Tropical Medicine and International Health. Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 314-323, March, 2011 (with C Poulos, A Riewpaiboon, J Stewart, J Clemens, S Guh, M Agtini, DD Anh, D Baiqing, Z Bhutta, D Sur, and the Domi Typhoid COI Study Group).
“Giving stated preference respondents “time to think”: results from four countries.” Environmental and Resources Economics. 2011. 51: 473-496. (with Joe Cook, Marc Jeuland, and Brian Maskery).
“Setting Priorities, Targeting Subsidies among Water, Sanitation, and Preventative Health Interventions in Developing Countries.” World Development. 2012. 40, 8: 1456-1568. (with Marc Jeuland, Kate Barker, and Yvonne Yuen).
“Using Contingent Valuation in the Design of Payments for Environmental Services Mechanisms: A Review and Assessment. The World Bank Research Observer. July 4, 2012. (with Stefano Pagiola).
“Measuring Risk Aversion among the Urban Poor in Kolkata, India.” Applied Economic Letters. 2013. Vol. 13, 1-9. (with Joe Cook and Susmita Chatterjee).
“Water Resources Development on the Ganges: moving beyond ambiguity.” Water Policy. Vol. 15, pp. 1-8, 2013.
“Interdependency in Water Resource Development in the Ganges: An Economic Analysis.” Water Policy. Vol. 15, pp. 81-108, 2013. (with Wu Xun, Marc Jeuland, and Claudia Sadoff).
“Myths and Realities of Managing the Ganges: A Summary of the Findings of the Ganges Strategic Basin Assessment.” Water Policy. Vol. 15, pp. 147-164, 2013. (with Claudia Sadoff, H. Rao, Don Blackmore, Xun Wu, Anna McDonnell, Marc Jeuland, and Sylvia Lee).
“The long-term dynamics of morality benefits from improved water and sanitation in less developed countries.” PLOSone. 2013. (with Marc Jeuland, David Fuente, Semra Ozdemir, and Mauria Allaire).
“Selecting optimal prices and outpost locations for rural vaccination campaigns." International Regional Science Review. 2013. (with Dohyeong Kim and Donald T. Lauria).
“Effect of Travel Distance on Household Demand for Typhoid Vaccines: Implications for Planning." Forthcoming in International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 2014. (with Dohyeong Kim and Donald T. Lauria).