Dr. Gernot Wagner on Environmental Economics vs Environmental Sainthood

Topic: “But Will the Planet Notice?: How Smart Economics can Save the World”

Institution: Environmental Defense Fund, New York

Bio: Gernot Wagner is an economist at the Environmental Defense Fund, where he works on market-based solutions to a wide range of environmental problems. He is the author of But will the planet notice?, a recent book on the economics of the environment. Gernot teaches energy economics as adjunct faculty at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and served on the editorial board of the Financial Times as a Peter Martin Fellow, where he covered economics, energy, and the environment. He holds a bachelor’s in environmental science and a master’s and Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard, as well as a master’s in economics from Stanford.

Episode Summary:

Gernot Wagner, Economist at EDF and author of the new book But Will the Planet Notice?, talks about how smart economic policies can do much more than so many of the “green” behavioral modifications that are so often championed by environmentalists.





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