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Professor Amy Ando to deliver lecture on Environmental and Resource Economics and Systemic Racism

As part of the AARES WA Environmental Policy Lecture series, Professor Amy Ando will present her recent research in an online free webinar at 8:00 AM (AWST) on Thursday, 13 July.

Everyone is welcome to attend so please share the flyer with your interested colleagues and collaborators (see link below to download flyer below).


This research paper highlights some ways in which scholarly work in environmental and natural resource (ENRE) economics may be affected by and unintentionally further racial inequity.

We discuss four channels through which these effects may occur: (1) prioritization of efficiency over distribution, (2) inattention to procedural justice, (3) abstraction from crucial historical or social contexts, and (4) a narrow focus on problems perceived as tractable. We offer specific examples of how racial inequity may be furthered by work in the field through welfare and valuation methods, policy modeling choices, and treatment of the commons. We document opportunities to improve the field by better considering how racial inequity may affect and be affected by ENRE analysis. ENRE scholars have tools that can mitigate systemic racism in access to natural resources and a clean environment, but work must be done to realize that potential.


2023 EPL Flyer_Environmental and Resource Economics and Systemic Racism
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