Maureen L. Cropper

Senior Fellow

Maureen Cropper is a professor of economics at the University of Maryland, a senior fellow at Resources for the Future, a member of the Board of Directors at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. A former lead economist at the World Bank, Cropper has made major contributions to environmental policy through her research, teaching, and public service. Her research has focused on valuing environmental amenities, estimating consumer preferences for health and longevity improvements, and the tradeoffs implicit in environmental regulations. Previously, at the World Bank, her work focused on improving policy choices in developing countries through studies of deforestation, road safety, urban slums, and health valuation. She is currently studying priorities for air pollution control in India.


  • Cornell University, PhD in economics, Cornell University, 1973
  • BA, summa cum laude, Bryn Mawr College

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