Richard B. Howarth

Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies
Editor-in-Chief, Ecological Economics

Rich Howarth is an environmental and ecological economist who studies the interface between economic theory and the ecological, moral, and social dimensions of environmental governance. His topical interests focus on energy use, climate change, and ecological conservation. His research and teaching emphasize themes that include the role of discounting, sustainability, and intergenerational fairness in policy evaluation; mathematical models of the relationship between economic growth, environmental quality, and human well-being; the interplay between economics, ethics, and deliberative politics in valuing and managing ecological resources; and the role of public policies in promoting the adoption of pro-environmental behaviors and technologies.

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A.B. Cornell University, 1985
M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 1990

Selected Publications

R.B. Howarth, M.D. Gerst, and M.E. Borsuk. 2014. Risk Mitigation and the Social Cost of Carbon. Global Environmental Change 24: 123-131.

D.A. Lutz and R.B. Howarth. 2014. Valuing Albedo as an Ecosystem Service: Implications for Forest Management. Climatic Change 124: 53-63.

Gerst, M. D., R. B. Howarth, and M.E. Borsuk. 2013. The Interplay between Risk Attitudes and Low Probability, High Cost Outcomes in Climate Policy Analysis. Environmental Modelling and Software 41: 176-184.

Lee, K., W. Freudenburg, and R.B. Howarth. 2012. Humans in the Landscape: An Introduction to Environmental Studies. New York: Norton.

Howarth, R.B. 2011. Intergenerational Justice. In the Oxford Handbook on Climate Change and Society (John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard, and D. Schlosberg, editors). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Turaga, R. M. R., R. B. Howarth,and M.E. Borsuk. 2010. Pro-Environmental Behavior: Rational Choice Meets Moral Motivation. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1185: 211-224.

Zografos, C. and R.B. Howarth. 2010. Deliberative Ecological Economics for Sustainability Governance. Sustainability 2: 3399-3417.

Gerst, M. D., R. B. Howarth,and M.E. Borsuk. 2010. Accounting for the Risk of Extreme Outcomes in an Integrated Assessment of Climate Change. Energy Policy 38: 4540-4548.

Howarth, R B and M A Wilson, “A Theoretical Approach to Deliberative Valuation: Aggregation by Mutual Consent,” Land Economics, 82 (2006) 1-16.

“The Present Value Criterion and Environmental Taxation: The Suboptimality of First-Best Decision Rules,” Land Economics , 81 (2005) 321-336.

Sinnott-Armstrong, W and R B Howarth (eds.) Perspectives on Climate Change: Science, Economics, Politics, Ethics (2005).

“Calibration Bias in the Analysis of Environmental Taxes,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics , 86 (2004) 813-818.

Howarth, R B and D Rothman (eds.) Special issue on ‘Climate Change and Ecological Economics’, International Journal of Sustainable Development , 6 (2003) 263-392.

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