Influential Publications in Ecological Economics

I just came across a new paper entitled “Influential Publications in Ecological Economics Revisited“, by Robert Costanza, Richard B. Howarth, Ida Kubiszewski, Shuang Liu, Chunbo Ma, Gael Plumecocq and David I. Stern. These authors rank articles published in Ecological Economics over the past decade (2004-2014) according to their citations in order to find out which articles had the most inward influence on the field itself, and which articles had the most outward influence on other disciplines.

The authors find that, overall “the field has matured over this period, with articles published in the journal having a greater influence than before, an increase in citation links to environmental studies journals and a reduction in citation links to mainstream economics journals, and possibly a shift in themes to a more applied and empirical direction.” I reproduce below their main results, namely their rankings on inward and outward influence of articles. This gives some more reading to do!

By the way – just in case you ever want to make it into such a list: The inward influence consists to 2/3 of books…


Inward Influence: The Top Thirty Articles

  • Costanza et al. (1997) The value of the world’s ecosystem services and natural capital, Nature.
  • Ostrom (1990) Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action.
  • Greene (1993) Econometric Analysis.
  • Wackernagel and Rees (1996) Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth.
  • Daily (1997) Nature’s Services: Societal Dependence On Natural Ecosystems.
  • Georgescu-Roegen (1971) The Entropy Law and the Economic Process
  • Stern (2006) Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change.
  • Mitchell and Carson (1989) Using Surveys to Value Public Goods: The Contingent Valuation Method.
  • Hardin (1968) The tragedy of the commons, Science.
  • Grossman and Krueger (1995) Economic growth and the environment, Quarterly Journal of Economics.
  • de Groot et al. (2002) A typology for the classification, description and valuation of ecosystem functions, goods and services, Ecological Economics.
  • Freeman et al. (2003) The Measurement of Environmental and Resource Values.
  • Miller and Blair (2009) Input-Output Analysis: Foundations and Extensions.
  • Arrow et al. (1993) Report of the NOAA panel on contingent valuation, Federal Register.
  • Train (2003) Discrete Choice Methods with Simulation.
  • Daly and Cobb (1989) For the Common Good.
  • Meadows et al. (1972) The Limits to Growth
  • Louviere et al. (2000) Stated Choice Methods: Analysis and Application.
  • Coase (1960) The problem of social cost, Journal of Law and Economics.
  • Daly (1973) Toward a Steady State Economy.
  • McFadden (1974) Conditional logit analysis of qualitative choice behaviour, in: Frontiers in Econometrics.
  • Engel et al. (2008) Designing payments for environmental services in theory and practice: An overview of the issues, Ecological Economics.
  • Porter (1995) Toward a new conception of the environment-competitiveness relationship, Journal of Economic Perspectives.
  • Stern (2004) The rise and fall of the environmental Kuznets curve, World Development.
  • Selden and Song (1994) Environmental quality and development: Is there a Kuznets Curve for air pollution emissions? Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.
  • Daly and Farley (2004) Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications.
  • North (1990) Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance.
  • Leontief (1970) Environmental repercussions and the economic structure: An input-output approach, Review of Economics and Statistics.
  • Wunder (2005) Payments for Environmental Services: Some Nuts and Bolts.
  • Norgaard (1994) Development Betrayed: The End of Progress.

Outward Influence: Top Three Articles by Year

  • Dinda (2004) Environmental Kuznets Curve hypothesis: A survey
  • Robinson (2004) Squaring the circle? Some thoughts on the idea of sustainable development
  • Adhikari et al. (2004) Household characteristics and forest dependency: evidence from common property forest management in Nepal
  • Pimentel et al. (2005) Update on the environmental and economic costs associated with alien-invasive species in the United States
  • Jaffe et al. (2005) A tale of two market failures: Technology and environmental policy
  • Max-Neef (2005) Foundations of transdisciplinarity
  • Hein et al. (2006) Spatial scales, stakeholders and the valuation of ecosystem services
  • Chapagain et al. (2006) The water footprint of cotton consumption: An assessment of the impact of worldwide consumption of cotton products on the water resources in the cotton producing countries
  • Troy and Wilson (2006) Mapping ecosystem services: Practical challenges and opportunities in linking GIS and value transfer
  • Boyd and Banzhaf (2007) What are ecosystem services? The need for standardized environmental accounting units
  • Wiedmann et al. (2007) Examining the global environmental impact of regional consumption activities – Part 2: Review of input-output models for the assessment of environmental impacts embodied in trade
  • Zhang et al. (2007) Ecosystem services and dis-services to agriculture
  • Engel et al. (2008) Designing payments for environmental services in theory and practice: An overview of the issues
  • Wunder et al. (2008) Taking stock: A comparative analysis of payments for environmental services programs in developed and developing countries
  • Peters (2008) From production-based to consumption-based national emission inventories
  • Fisher et al. (2009) Defining and classifying ecosystem services for decision making
  • Gallai et al. (2009) Economic valuation of the vulnerability of world agriculture confronted with pollinator decline
  • Zhang and Cheng (2009) Energy consumption, carbon emissions, and economic growth in China
  • Norgaard (2010) Ecosystem services: From eye-opening metaphor to complexity blinder
  • Muradian et al. (2010) Reconciling theory and practice: An alternative conceptual framework for understanding payments for environmental services
  • Gomez-Baggethun et al. (2010) The history of ecosystem services in economic theory and practice: From early notions to markets and payment schemes
  • Kallis (2011) In defence of degrowth
  • Wiedmann et al. (2011) Quo Vadis MRIO? Methodological, data and institutional requirements for multi-region input output analysis
  • Chapagain and Hoekstra (2011) The blue, green and grey water footprint of rice from production and consumption perspectives
  • Chan et al. (2012) Rethinking ecosystem services to better address and navigate cultural values
  • Jahn et al. (2012) Transdisciplinarity: Between mainstreaming and marginalization
  • Horbach et al. (2012) Determinants of eco-innovations by type of environmental impact – The role of regulatory push/pull, technology push and market
  • Gomez-Baggethun and Barton (2013) Classifying and valuing ecosystem services for urban planning
  • Kubiszewski et al. (2013) Beyond GDP: Measuring and achieving global genuine progress
  • Jax et al. (2013) Ecosystem services and ethics
  • Zhang and Anadon (2014) A multi-regional input-output analysis of domestic virtual water trade and provincial water footprint in China
  • Jobstvogt et al. (2014) Twenty thousand sterling under the sea: Estimating the value of protecting deep-sea biodiversity 7 20 1
  • Abson et al. (2014) Ecosystem services as a boundary object for sustainability

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