Edward B. Barbier is a Professor in the Department of Economics, Colorado State University and a Senior Scholar in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. His main expertise is natural resource and development economics as well as the interface between economics and ecology.  He has consulted for a variety of national, international and non-governmental agencies, including many UN organizations, the World Bank and the OECD. He has authored 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, written or edited 24 books, and published in popular journals. Barbier is a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and is consistently ranked among the top cited environmental economists globally. Google Scholar lists him as currently having nearly 50,000 citations, including 20,000 since 2013.



Selected recent publications (see CV for a full list):

Barbier, E.B. The Water Paradox: Overcoming the Global Crisis in Water Management.  Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 270 pp, forthcoming February 2019,

Barbier, E.B. and J.P. Hochard. 2018. "Poverty, Rural Population Distribution and Climate Change." Environment and Development Economics 23, Special Issue 3 (Poverty and Climate Change):234-256.

Barbier, E.B., J.C. Burgess and T.J. Dean. 2018. “Response – Conservation accord.” Science 360 (6394): 1196-1197.

Barbier, E.B., J.C. Burgess and T.J. Dean. 2018. “How to pay for saving biodiversity.” Science 360 (6388): 486-488.

Barbier, E.B. and J.P. Hochard. 2018. “The Impacts of Climate Change on the Poor in Disadvantaged Regions” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 12(1):26-47.

Barbier, E.B. M. Czajkowski and N. Hanley. 2017. “Is the income elasticity of the willingness to pay for pollution control constant?” Environmental and Resource Economics 68:663-682.

Hochard, J.P. and E.B. Barbier. 2017. “Market Accessibility and Economic Growth: Insights from a New Dimension of Inequality.” World Development 97:279-297

Carrasco, L.R., T.P.L. Nghiem, Z. Chen, E.B. Barbier. 2017. “Unsustainable development pathways caused by tropical deforestation.” Science Advances 3(7), e1602602

Hungate, B.A. E.B. Barbier, A.W. Ando, S.P. Marks, P.B. Reich, N. van Gestel, G.D. Tilman, J.M.H. Knops, D.U. Hooper, B.J. Butterfield and B.J. Cardinale. 2017. “The economic value of grassland species for carbon storage.” Science Advances 3(4), e1601880.

Moreno-Mateos, D., E.B. Barbier, P. Jones, H. Jones, J. Aronson, J. López-López, M. McCrackin, P. Meli, D. Montoya, and J. Rey Benayas. 2017. "Anthropogenic ecosystem disturbance and the recovery debt". Nature Communications 8:14163, doi:10.1038/ncomms14163.

Barbier, E.B. 2017. “Natural Capital and Wealth in the 21st Century.” Eastern Economic Journal 43(3):391-405.

Barbier, E.B. 2016. “Building the Green Economy.” Canadian Public Policy 42 Supplement 1:S1-S9.

Barbier, E.B. 2016. “Sustainability and Development.” Annual Review of Resource Economics 8:261-280.

Barbier, E.B. 2016. “Is Green Growth Relevant for Poor Economies?” Resource and Energy Economics 45:178-191.

Barbier, E.B. 2016. “The Protective Value of Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystem Services in a Wealth Accounting Framework.” Environmental and Resource Economics 64:37-58.

Barbier, E.B., R.E. López and J.P. Hochard. 2016. "Debt, Poverty and Resource Management in a Rural Smallholder Economy." Environmental and Resource Economics 63:411-427. 2017 EAERE Award for outstanding publication in the journal Environmental and Resource Economics.

Barbier, E.B. 2015. Nature and Wealth: Overcoming Environmental Scarcity and Inequality. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 262 pp.

Barbier, E.B. 2015. “Hurricane Katrina’s lessons for the world.” Nature 524:285-287

Dasgupta, P., A. Duraiappah, S. Managi, E.B. Barbier, R. Collins, B. Fraumeni, H. Gundimeda, G. Liu and K.J. Mumford. 2015. “How to measure sustainable progress.” Science 350:748.

Barbier, E.B. 2010. "Poverty, development, and environment." Environment and Development Economics 15:635-660. Most read article (#1) in the journal.


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