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Resources for the Future conducts rigorous economic research and objective analysis to help leaders craft smarter policies about natural resources, energy, and the environment.

RFF is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research - rooted primarily in economics and other social sciences - on environmental, energy, natural resources, and environmental health issues.

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Highlighting RFF research along with new, policy-relevant insights and debates, RFF's blog is the place to find the latest and covers all of the environmental, resource, and economic policy research areas in the RFF portfolio.


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  • Upcoming Seminar

    Neuroeconomics: A New Direction for Valuing Environmental Public Goods

    Jun 1, 2016 12:45 PM EDT

    Experts at this seminar, hosted by RFF with New York University’s Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making, will examine new findings from the institute that bring neuroscience to bear on what was once largely an economics question: How do people value environmental goods? Panelists will discuss how these findings compare with traditional contingent valuation (one of the longest-standing, conventional approaches to environmental valuation) and the implications for public policy.

  • Past Seminar

    How Oil and Gas Development Impacts Local Governments and Communities

    May 18, 2016 Video

    Oil and gas development has increased substantially in the United States over the past decade, largely due to production from low-porosity rock formations subjected to hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. This rapid growth has created a variety of opportunities and challenges for local governments across the country. Experts at this seminar explored the key issues facing local governments in this new era.

  • Past Seminar

    Implications of Seafood Supply Chain Certification on Social Outcomes

    May 4, 2016 Video

    At this RFF First Wednesday Seminar, co-hosted with the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute, national and international policymakers, leaders from nongovernmental organizations, representatives from certification programs and fisheries, and natural and social scientists examined the future of certification program outcomes.