Researcher Profile

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James W. Boyd

Senior Fellow

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 has served on National Academy of Science and other advisory panels, including most recently the US 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).

Boyd is in RFF’s Land, Water, and Nature Program.


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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