Green Career Spotlight: Environmental Economist

by Rachel Vilsack

Economists traditionally study how a society distributes resources to produce goods and services. They conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends and develop forecasts to inform decision-making. Environmental economists have a similar aim, but instead conduct economic analyses related to environmental protection and use of the natural environment, such as water, air, land, and renewable energy resources. They also evaluate and quantify benefits, costs, incentives, and impacts of alternative options using economic principles and statistical techniques.

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