Past Conference

Frontiers of Environmental Economics

Feb 26, 2007 - Feb 27, 2007
Webcast

About the Event

 

 

Frontiers of Environmental Economics

Resources for the Future, with the support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Center for Environmental Economics, convenes a conference in Washington, DC to explore the frontiers of environmental economics.

In February 2006, RFF opened an international competition through a call for paper proposals from environmental economists, other economists, and academics of any other discipline who could offer research papers at the frontiers of environmental economics and contribute to identifying or resolving important public policy problems addressed within the sub-discipline of environmental economics. A program committee consisting of Joseph Aldy, RFF; Catherine Kling, Iowa State University; Alan Krupnick, RFF; John List, University of Chicago; former RFF President Paul Portney, University of Arizona Eller College of Management; and V. Kerry Smith, Arizona State University evaluated more than 175 submissions. The committee selected nine papers for the conference and organized a closing panel of distinguished scholars to identify research questions on the frontiers of environmental economics.

These papers advance theoretical and empirical methods in environmental and resource economics and illustrate how expanding the research frontier can inform the design and evaluation of environmental policy in the future. Some of the papers address the implications of neuroeconomics, behavioral economics, experimental economics and virtual reality for environmental economics. Other papers explore the consequences of adding more sophisticated representations of space and time to models of natural resource growth and use, such as fisheries. Many of these papers involve multiple disciplines; for instance, one involves economists, historians and paleo-ecologists to examine the effects of agriculture on biodiversity over a 400 year period.

Provocative and intense discussions and a packed room testify to the interest shown in these papers. Next steps include revising the papers and publishing them as RFF Discussion Papers. Updates will be made to this page as they become available.

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Welcome and Introduction:

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Phil Sharp

Paul Portney

Alan Krupnick

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Biographies:

Phil Sharp, President, Resources for the Future

Phil Sharp is president of RFF. His career in public service over the last 35 years includes 10 terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana and a lengthy tenure on the faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard University. He served as director of the IOP from 1995 to 1998 and again from 2004 until August 2005. Sharp is co-chair of the Energy Board of the Keystone Center and a member of the National Research Council's