Thursday, March 26, 2009

Why are environmental economists so wildly unpopular with the public?

If you want to know the answer to this interesting question read this post over at the new "energy collective" where John Whitehead presents his hypothesis.

Impressively, he manages to do this without reference to US college sports ;-)

His concluding paragraph, correctly in my opinion, hits the nail on the head.

Basically, the trouble is that most environmental economists are economists first and interested in the environment second (at least professionally). Environmental is the adjective that modifies economics. As such, we get grief from both sides of most environmental issues. Or maybe I’m just paranoid.

Environmental Economics? [Energy Collective]


1 comment:

M.G. said...

Perhaps to start to be popular environmental economists should start to focus on the polluter pays principle in financial markets and propose Pigovian taxation of toxic and derivative products