WASHINGTON, DC—Resources for the Future (RFF) is pleased to announce that Karen Palmer has been elected President of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE). Palmer is a senior fellow at RFF and Director of RFF’s Future of Power Initiative.
The president of AERE is responsible for the overall welfare of the association, working with the Board of Directors, and providing leadership at AERE meetings. Palmer will join the board of AERE beginning in January 2020 and will begin serving as president in 2021.
“We are very proud that Karen Palmer has been elected President of AERE,” said Richard Newell, president of RFF. “Karen is a leader in our field, particularly on issues at the intersection of climate policy and the electricity sector. This election is a testament to her commitment to promoting the exchange of ideas among economists who are interested in environmental and natural resource issues. She continues a long history of deep connection between AERE and RFF that goes back to AERE’s formation.”
RFF senior fellows, fellows, and university fellows have frequently served in leadership roles in AERE, currently including Amy Ando (AERE vice president), Margaret Walls (AERE treasurer), Sheila Olmstead (JAERE Editor-in-Chief), and Cathy Kling (REEP Editor). Former leadership service includes Joseph Aldy, (AERE treasurer), Dallas Burtraw (AERE treasurer), Maureen Cropper (AERE president), Charles Kolstad (AERE president and REEP Editor), Alan Krupnick (AERE president), Richard Newell (AERE vice president and REEP Co-editor), Kerry Smith (AERE president), and Robert Stavins (founding REEP Editor), among others.
“I am honored to be elected as the next president of AERE. The Association is a collection of talented and friendly people who work together to share ideas, honor accomplishments, and engage and encourage young scholars in our discipline,” Palmer said. “I look forward to working with the AERE board and the broader AERE membership to build on the Association’s long legacy of success.”
AERE is the international professional association for economists working on the environment and natural resources. It was founded in 1979 as a means for exchanging ideas, stimulating research, and promoting graduate training in environmental and resource economics. AERE currently has over 1,000 members from over 30 nations, coming from academic institutions, the public sector, and private industries.
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