Richard B. Howarth

Academic Appointments
  • Richard and Jane Pearl Professor of Environmental Studies

  • Co-Chair, PhD Program in Ecology, Evolution, Environment, and Society

I'm an environmental economist who studies the interplay between economic analysis and the ecological, moral, and social dimensions of environmental governance. My topical interests focus on the valuation and management of ecosystem services; theories of discounting and intergenerational justice; climate stabilization policy; the ethical foundations of pro-environmental behaviors; and the relationship between economic growth, human well-being, and environmental quality.


Fairchild, Room 106
HB 6182


Environmental Studies


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

Selected Publications

  • G. Mavrommati, M.E. Borsuk, A.I. Kreiley, C. Larosee. S. Rogers, K. Burford, and R.B. Howarth. 2021. "A Methodological Framework for Understanding Shared Social Values in Deliberative Valuation." Ecological Economics 190: 107185.

  • J.C.J.M. van den Bergh, A, Angelsen, A. Baranzini, W.J.W. Botzen, S. Carattini, S. Drews, T. Dunlop, E. Galbraith, E. Gsottbauer, R.B. Howarth, E. Padilla, J. Roca, and R.C. Schmidt. 2020. "A Dual-Track Transition to Global Carbon Pricing." Climate Policy 20: 1057-1069.

  • G. Spencer, S. Carattini, and R.B. Howarth. 2019.  "Short-term Interventions for Long-term Change: Spreading Stable Green Norms in Networks." Review of Behavioral Economics 6: 53-93.

  • D.A. Lutz, E.A. Burakowski, M.B. Murphy, M.E. Borsuk, R.M. Niemiec, and R.B. Howarth. 2016. "Tradeoffs between Three Forest Ecosystem Services across the State of New Hampshire, USA: Timber, Carbon, and Albedo." Ecological Applications 26: 146-161.

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