Deliberative Valuation and Environmental Policy Analysis

 

Deliberative Valuation and Environmental Policy Analysis

Richard B. Howarth is an environmental economist who focuses on issues of energy use, climate change, and ecological conservation. His work emphasizes the use of rigorous economic analysis in understanding the causes of environmental problems and the design of solutions that take into account the multiple objectives of environmental policy. At the same time, however, environmental issues have moral, behavioral, and ecological dimensions that are sometimes in tension with the assumptions of textbook economics. Accordingly, Dr. Howarth's work strives to connect economics with a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to environmental problem-solving.  His research program explores themes that include: the role of discounting, sustainability, and intergenerational fairness in evaluating long-term environmental policies; mathematical models of the relationship between economic growth, the natural environment, and human well-being; the role of public policies in promoting energy efficiency and the adoption of "clean" energy technologies; and the valuation of ecosystem services and the role of economic, social, and moral values in managing natural systems.  He graduated summa cum laude from the Biology and Society Program at Cornell (A.B., 1985) and received an M.S. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987). He earned his doctorate at the Energy and Resources Program at the University of California at Berkeley (1990), where his training focused on the economics of natural resources and sustainable development. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Howarth held positions at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1990-1993) and the University of California at Santa Cruz (1993-1998). Since 1998 Dr. Howarth has been based at Dartmouth College, where he holds an appointment as Professor of Environmental Studies.
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