Environmental Economics

The Frontiers of Environmental Economics

Resources for the Future, with the support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Center for Environmental Economics, convened a conference in Washington, DC to explore the frontiers of environmental economics.

In February 2006, RFF opened an international competition through a call for paper proposals from environmental economists, other economists, and academics of any other discipline who could offer research papers at the frontiers of environmental economics and contribute to identifying or resolving important public policy problems addressed within the sub-discipline of environmental economics. A program committee evaluated more than 175 submissions. The committee selected nine papers for the conference.

These papers advance theoretical and empirical methods in environmental and resource economics and illustrate how expanding the research frontier can inform the design and evaluation of environmental policy in the future. Some of the papers address the implications of neuroeconomics, behavioral economics, experimental economics and virtual reality for environmental economics. Other papers explore the consequences of adding more sophisticated representations of space and time to models of natural resource growth and use, such as fisheries. Many of these papers involve multiple disciplines; for instance, one involves economists, historians and paleo-ecologists to examine the effects of agriculture on biodiversity over a 400 year period.

The papers are listed below and organized in the order given at the conference. Each paper is followed by the slides used by the presenter and then by the discussant.