Researcher Profile

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James W. Boyd

Senior Fellow and Director, RFF Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth

Topics of Interest

Jim Boyd’s research lies at the intersection of economics, ecology, and law, with a particular focus on the measurement and management of ecosystem goods and services. Boyd emphasizes the need to better coordinate economic and ecological research to improve the practical performance of green incentives, markets, and investments. He advocates and works on the practical design of a “green GDP”—national environmental accounts to capture and track the status of environmental public goods and services and measure the environmental consequences of economic growth. 
Boyd is co-director of the RFF Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth, which was created to work with practitioners, scholars, and policymakers to incorporate ecological science into public policies to protect, enhance, and manage the social wealth arising from natural systems. 
He has served on National Academy of Science and other advisory panels, including most recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Committee on Valuing Ecological Systems and Services. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University (2007–2008) and Washington University in St. Louis (1996) and was director of the Energy and Natural Resources Division at Resources for the Future (2002–2007).


PhD in applied microeconomics, the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, 1993
BA in history, University of Michigan, 1986

Recent Work

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