Category Archives: Environmental economics

Paul Ehrlich on “Key issues for attention from ecological economists”

Paul Ehrlich puts forward his view on the key issues ecological economists should focus on in Key issues for attention from ecological economistsEnvironment and Development Economics, Volume 13, Issue 01, February 2008, pp 1-20 . Pointer from Globalisation and the Environment blog.

On externalities and making economics loveable

Brian Caplan at EconLog writes: “When Princeton’s Roland Benabou visited GMU a couple weeks ago, he made an argument I’ve occasionally heard before: Non-economists would disagree with economists less, and respect our views more, if we put more emphasis on the concept of externalities. When economists talk about markets, the argument goes, we usually seem tone deaf to non-economists’ concerns. If we put more emphasis on the concept of externalities, non-economists could see that it is easy to translate their concerns into our language – and that we have every reason to take their concerns seriously.” read more

So should economist put more emphasis on externalities? Here are Brian Caplan’s and Tim Harfod’s views on the matter.

The Status of Women in Environmental Economics

Bhattacharjee, Herriges and Kling examine the “Status of women in Environmental Economics” in the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Summer 2007, v. 1, iss. 2, pp. 212-27. Here is the abstract:

” This article examines the status of women in the environmental economics profession in terms of their representation and impact. Three indicators are used to gauge the status of women in the profession. They are the representation of women in academia in the United States and Canada, the publication profiles of female environmental economists, and the representation of women in the roles of leadership within the professional association and lead journal of the profession. In a survey of schools with graduate programs in environmental economics, we find that female environmental economists are better represented in the faculty of noneconomics departments than in those of economics departments. A study of the publication profiles of women in the profession’s main journal, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, indicates that women publish fewer articles on average than their male counterparts, and their papers receive fewer citations on average. Women are well represented in the leadership of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and also in editorial positions at the Journal of Environment Economics and Management.”