#MeetTopEnvEcon – Partha Dasgupta

Partha Dasgupta

Current position: Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Cambridge

Year of birth: 1942



It is my great honor to present Partha Dasgupta in the #MeetTopEnvEcon series. I had previously met Partha only briefly at various conferences, and thus it was a pleasure to talk to him more extensively during the Climate Ethics and Climate Economics: Discounting the Future conference in Oxford this year. Once you discuss with him you easily understand why it was he who pioneered the nexus on environment, development and economics; his works with Geoffrey Heal on the optimal extraction of non-renewables are the foundation stone for any resource economist these days; together with the likes of Kenneth Arrow he urges governments to cease regarding GDP as a measure of prosperity to more holistic measures like inclusive wealth; and he is one of only a handful of economists who dares to address the problem of the optimal population size.

During the years, Partha published more than 270 scientific articles and books like An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution, Economic Theory and Exhaustible Resources, or the beautiful little Economics: A Very Short Introduction. For these contributions he was awarded a wealth of honors and awards, from several honorary doctor titles over to fellowships in the most prestigious societies, and was furthermore bestowed the knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002. These honors are clearly well-deserved.

One meets few people in life that quickly leave a lasting impression, and I feel that Partha is one of them. Not only because of his vast knowledge that he readily shares and his quick wit, but also because of his character. I have found him to be extremely kind, modest and down-to-earth, which tend to be character traits that too often disappear quickly in most people that reach Partha’s standing. Not so with Partha, which makes it that much more enjoyable to discuss with him.

Finally, I would like to deeply thank Partha for investing such an extensive amount of time on the interview. I hope the readers will appreciate the insights gained here.

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This is Nice. Nice is nice. You will see the beach, but you have to work first! It’ll both be worth it though.

This is the last opportunity to submit your paper to the (sub-)conference on Environment and Economic Growth that I am organizing together with Eric Strobl to be held in Nice, France, on the 11-12th July 2016. This sub-conference, mistakenly named special session (but it is really a bigger event with many sessions), is part of the bigger IPAG 7th International Research Meeting in Business and Management.

We have a fantastic selection of very strong researchers with a good variety of research agendas in environmental economics, and if you know me then you know that I do not exaggerate these promises.

Submit your papers to the Special Session in Environment and Economic Growth before Tuesday 26th of April 2016 since we now want to finalize the programme. Follow this link HERE and see you in Nice!


We warmly invite you to submit your paper for presentation in the Special Session on Environment and Economic Growth, organized by Ingmar Schumacher (IPAG Business School) and Eric Strobl (AMSE, Aix-Marseille School of Economics and IPAG Business School) at the 7th International Research Meeting in Business and Management that will take place on 11-12 July 2016 in Nice, France.

We welcome both theoretical and empirical contributions on environmental economics and resource and energy economics, with emphasis on climate change economics; green growth; welfare, discounting and sustainable development; uncertainty and irreversibilities in dynamic resource use; the nexus between population, economic growth and the environment; environmental policy; empirical studies that focus on economic aspects of the environment.

We are very happy to announce that the keynote lectures will be held by Cees Withagen (VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Ujjayant Chakravorty (Tufts University, USA).

Only papers in English are considered. They must be submitted electronically at http://ipag-irm.sciencesconf.org/. Please choose the Topic SS Environment and Economic Growth.



Deadline for paper submissions: April 15, 2016

Notification of acceptance/rejection: May 15, 2016

Registration deadline: June 15, 2016

Conference event: July 11-12, 2016


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