John Gowdy

Dr. Gowdy’s areas of interest include Ecological Economics, Evolutionary Economics, Welfare Theory and Policy, and Behavioral Economics. Within these sub-fields of economics his current work is in the areas of biodiversity valuation, climate change, and sustainable development in South Asia. John is past president of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics and current President of the International Society for Ecological Economics. He has been a Fulbright scholar at the Economic University of Vienna, Leverhulme Professor at Leeds University and a visiting scholar at the Autonomous University in Barcelona, the University of Zurich, the Free University of Amsterdam, the University of Queensland and Tokushima University. He has published more than 150 academic articles and authored or co-authored 10 books. His most recent books are Microeconomic Theory Old and New: A Student’s Guide(Stanford U. Press, Spring 2010, Paradise for Sale: A Parable of Nature, co-authored with Carl McDaniel, University of California Press, and Frontiers in Ecological Economic Theory and Application, Edward Elgar Press, co-edited with Jon Erickson.

Dr. Gowdy’s contact information can be found on his Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute homepage.

Recent Posts

July 5, 2015 in Economy

The Pope, Science, and Economics. Of the Three, Economics is by far the most Detached from Reality

Editor’s note: Anyone who thinks that science and religion can’t mix should read Pope Francis’s Encyclical “On the Care of Our Common Home”. Not only does it provide an admirable…
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May 18, 2015 in Biology, Business, Culture, Economy

What Business Cycles Can Teach Us About Evolution

Much has been written about how businesses can learn from nature. But have you ever stopped to consider how evolutionary theorists might learn from business? A decade ago I developed…
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July 6, 2013 in Economy

The Evolution of Hyperbolic Discounting: Implications for Truly Social Valuation of the Future

The question of discounting not only moves quickly from economics to ethics, it also leads to the search for the “deep structures” of human society and human reasoning.
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