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Economics, Environment, and Sustainable Development

January 17-18, 2018; Irvine, CA
Organized by  Simon Levin, Stephen Carpenter, Gretchen Daily, Sir Partha Dasgupta, Paul Ehrlich, Geoffrey Heal, Catherine Kling, Jane Lubchenco, and Stephen Polasky


This colloquium was held in Irvine, CA on January 17-18, 2018.
This colloquium highlighted the central role of economics in addressing global environmental change and sustainable development and improving the breadth and depth of economic analysis of these issues.
Ecologists and economists discussed the importance of biological diversity, ecosystem services and natural capital for human welfare as well as tradeoffs and synergies among different desired sustainable development goals, especially between economic growth and the maintenance of natural capital.


Thursday, January 17

Session I - Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services

Moderator: Stephen Polasky

Sustainable? Environment Policies within Economic Development Frameworks, Alexander Pfaff, Duke University

Collective vs. Individual Rights and Responsibilities: Implications for Environmental Protection and Resource Management, Kathleen Segerson, University of Connecticut

Economic Insights to Sustain Natural Capital from the Sea, Christopher Costello, University of California, Santa Barbara

Does Current Water Quality Regulation Benefit the U.S.? How Do We Know?, David Keiser, Iowa State University

Panel: Stephen Carpenter, University of Wisconsin, Gretchen Daily, Stanford University and Eli Fenichel, Yale University

Session II - Behavioral Economics, Policy and Institutional Design for Environmental Improvement

Moderator: Catherine Kling, Iowa State University

Leveraging Behavioral Economics and Field Experiments in Non-market Valuation, John A. List, University of Chicago

The Good, the Bad and the Conditional: Sustaining Cooperation through Self-Sorting, Karine Nyborg, University of Oslo

International Cooperation on the Global Commons, Scott Barrett, Columbia University

Environmental Catastrophes and Mitigation Policies in a Multi-region World, Avinash Dixit, Princeton University

Panel: Marty Anderies, Arizona State University and Simon Levin, Princeton University

Reflections: Gretchen Daily, Stanford University

Distinctive Voices Public Lecture - Agriculture and the Nine Billion Piece Environmental Sustainability Puzzle - Introduction by Simon Levin, Princeton University - presented by G. David Tilman, University of Minnesota

Friday, January 18

Session III - Economic Development and Sustainability

Moderator: Gretchen Daily

Evaluating Conservation Policies through Randomized Controlled Trials, Seema Jayachandran, Northwestern University

Bigger Impacts For Less Money? The Promise (And Pitfalls) Of Targeting, Kelsey Jack, Tufts University

Irreversibility From Early-Life Exposure To Air Pollution, Subhrendu Pattanayak, Duke University

Panel: Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University and Geoffrey Heal, Columbia Univeristy

Session IV - Challenges and Opportunities in Using Reduced Form Econometrics in the Study of Global Environmental Change

Moderator: Stephen Polasky, University of Minnesota

Pricing the Climate, Solomon Hsiang, University of California, Berkeley

Health, Pollution, and Reduced Form Econometrics, Dan Phaneuf, University of Wisconsin

Causal inference in spatial-dynamic systems, Paul Ferraro

Panel: Laura Grant, Claremont McKenna College and Cathy Kling, Iowa State University

Workshop summary, reflections on themes,: Catherine Kling, Iowa State University, Simon Levin, Princeton University, Stephen Polasky, University of Minnesota

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