- Université Laval
- Natural resources and environment
- Environmental instruments
- Rare earths
Bocar Samba Ba is Assistant Professor in the Department of Agrifood Economics and Consumer Sciences. His research interests lie at the intersection of environmental economics, natural resource economics and agrifood economics.
He obtained his PhD in economics (specializing in environmental and natural resource economics) from the University of Montpellier, at the Laboratoire Montpellierrain d'Économie Théorique et Appliquée (LAMETA), now the Centre d'Économie de l'Environnement-Montpellier (CEE-M). More specifically, his doctoral research focused on the economics of phosphorus recycling, analyzed from the angles of industrial economics, game theory and optimal control. He analyzed the problems associated with phosphorus depletion and the externalities (negative and positive) generated by the extraction and recycling of this resource.
Following his doctoral research, he completed a two-year post-doctorate in Clermont-Ferrand (France), at the Centre d'Études et de Recherches sur le Développement International (CERDI) of the Université Clermont-Auvergne. During his post-doctoral research, he explored the economics of rare earths, drawing on industrial economics and game theory. More specifically, he analyzed the "balance problem" associated with the pollution generated by rare earth mining, combining recycling and environmental taxes.