Thomas H. Tietenberg (Tom)

Sabbatical: 09/01/2011 -

Faculty Member (Retired)

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Tietenberg, Thomas H.


B.A. International AffairsUSAF Academy Distinguished Graduate 1964
M.A. EconomicsUniversity of the East, Manila, Philippines1965
M.S. Economics University of Wisconsin, Madison1970
Ph.D. EconomicsThe University of Wisconsin, Madison 1971

Areas of Expertise

  • Emissions trading
  • Climate change and global warming
  • Acid rain
  • Economic incentives for pollution control
  • Environmental economics
  • Natural resource economics
  • Economic incentives for sustainable development
  • Individual transferable quotas and fisheries management

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
Ec 231Environmental and Natural Resouce Economics
ES 118Environment and Society
EC476Advanced Topics in Environmental Economics
Ec 312Topics in Law and Economics

Professional Information

Tom is the author or editor of eleven books (including Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, one of the best selling textbooks in the field, and Emissions Trading, one of the most widely cited books in the tradable permits literature) as well as over one hundred articles and essays on environmental and natural resource economics. Elected President of the Association of Environmental and Natural Resource Economists (AERE) in 1987-8, he has consulted on environmental policy with the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank, the Agency for International Development and the Environmental Protection Agency as well as several state and foreign governments. Tom attended and spoke at the first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 and has lectured on sustainable development at many international conferences. In 2006 he was designated one of six inaugural AERE Fellows and in 2010 he received the "Outstanding Public Service Though Economics" award from the Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association.

Current Research

  • The design and evaluation of economic incentive mechanisms for environmental protection;
  • Tradable permit systems for pollution control and fisheries management
  • Energy efficiency policy
  • Climate change policy
  • Publications

  • Emissions Trading: Principles and Practice, 2nd ed. (Washington, DC: Resources for the Future, 2006)

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (Reading, MA. Addsion-Wesley Longman, 2006)

  • Differences in National Climate Change Polices? Ecological Economics (forthcoming) with Emila Tjernstr�m, Colby '07

  • "Tradable Permits in Principle and Practice". Moving to Markets: Lessons from Twenty Years of Experience. J. Freeman and C. Kolstad. New York, Oxford University Press, 2007: 63-94.

  • �Environmental Programs: Liberal Arts Colleges and Interdisciplinary Education� Environmental Science & Technology 39 (10): 221A-224A. (co-authored with Stephanie Pfirman, Columbia University and Sharon Hall, Colorado College).

  • Editor, Emissions Trading Programs (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2001)

      Volume I: Implementation and Evolution

      Volume II: Theory and Design

  • Sharing the Fish: Toward a National Policy on Individual Fishing Quotas (Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1999) co-authored with the other members of the Committee to Review Individual Fishing Quotas.

  • Personal Page

    Tietenberg Textbooks

    "Environmental and Natural Resource Economics"
    The Ninth Edition of this best-selling text introduces students to a thorough study of environmental and natural resource economics. In continuing the trend toward a more international focus, this edition pays increased attention to environmental problems and policies in Eastern and Western Europe, China, and developing nations. In addition, an explicit integration of research and policy within each chapter connects actual examples to economic theory, giving students a context within which to understand the material.
    "Environmental Economics and Policy"
    This is the premier introductory book on environmental economics, written for readers who have little or no training in economics. A clear, concise, policy-oriented introduction to the field, it is ideal for anyone who wants to understand the basic economic principles and the policy issues behind today's most significant environmental debates.

    Tietenberg Textbooks


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