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  • Environmental Economist
  • Why Environmental Economists are needed:
    • The real cost of environmental degradation is usually ignored because it is hard to calculate
    • There are many subsidies that are harmful to society and then environment and somebody needs to point them out
    • Protection for common resources, help prevent against monopolies with privatization of these resources
    • Help prevent the globalization of our “bad” economic growth models
  • Goals of the field:
    • Create alternative accounting measures
    • Reforming taxes and diverting “unhealthy” subsidies
    • Putting value on common assets
    • Rethinking global institutions
  • What do they do?
    • Spend much time researching to assess the benefits and drawbacks of new projects or legislation
      • Collect, analyze and compare data and sometimes conduct interviews and surveys
      • Often collaborate with government officials, social scientists and natural scientists to develop economic models to encourage conservation and advise government authorities
    • “ Many of the world’s environmental problems are based in economic consumption and production patterns. Environmental economists try to change these patterns by developing and advocating economic policies that incorporate the need to conserve natural resources and have as little impact on the environment”
    • ~ Richard Newell, an environmental economist working for Resources for the Future
  • What fields use environmental economists?
    • Pretty much all environmental fields including:
    • - Water quality management
    • - Air quality management
    • - Solid Waste Management
    • - Hazardous Waste Management
    • - Land and Water Conservation
    • -etc.
  • Demand
    • Small field as of now
    • In 2004 there were 1000 positions but demand is rising rapidly
      • Will be needed in the future for defining economic benefits of alternative energy sources as they become more accessible
      • Increasingly competitive economy and private companies’ desires to expand into new markets increases demand too
  • The pay
    • Starting salaries range from $35,000-$50,000 with median incomes reaching about $75,000 and top salaries over $100,000
    • On the higher end for environmental careers
  • Who employs them?
    • 50% public and 50% private
    • Research and policy organizations, governmental agencies, consulting firms, international institutions like the World Bank, and academia
    • Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
    • - job listings
  • Getting started
    • Bachelor’s degree required, but master’s or doctorate is preferred
    • To work in research positions master’s or doctoral needed in economics, ecology, or natural resource management
    • As with most fields, internships are highly recommended
  • More info and relevant links
    • National Center for Environmental Economics – EPA
    • Environmental Economics Blog - news and stuff
    • Examples of master’s program:
    • - University of Maryland- School of Public Policy
    • University of Vermont: Gund Institute for Ecological Economics