Economics, Environment, and Sustainable Development



Goals of the colloquium: Highlighting 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.

No challenge facing society in the 21st century is greater than the challenge of sustainable development, of learning to use Earth’s limited resources to meet the basic needs of all people in ways that do not diminish opportunities for future generations. At the core of sustainable development are economic issues, which include understanding:
• The importance of biological diversity, ecosystem services and natural capital for human welfare;
• Human behavior that contributes to global environmental change;
• The divergence of private and social net benefits and the design of financial and non-financial incentives for public goods and common-pool resources, and externalities;
• The process of economic development and its contribution of human welfare;
• Tradeoffs and synergies among different desired sustainable development goals, especially between economic growth and the maintenance of natural capital.

The colloquium brings together an exception group of economists and ecologists to discuss these issues. We have structured the colloquium to provide good examples of current work being done followed by ample time for discussion of issues raised by these talks, including research gaps and unresolved issues. By the end of the workshop we hope that these discussions lead to constructive suggestions for how to encourage the economics profession to more effectively address sustainable development challenges. We aim to publish a set of papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on economics, environment and sustainable development that summarizes and expands upon key issues surfaced in the colloquium.


  • When

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - Thursday, January 18, 2018
    6:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • Beckman Center
    100 Academy
    Irvine, California 92617

Registration Fee

Registration fee is $200 and includes all meals on the agenda and transportation between hotel and conference center.

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