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Ed Barbier

Dr. Edward B. Barbier Named Among List of World’s Top Science Researchers 

Dr. Edward B. Barbier, University Distinguished Professor of Economics at Colorado State University, has been listed among the world’s most-cited scientists in an index published by Stanford University in 2020. Barbier is ranked #1 for career-long citations in the subfield of Agricultural Economics and Policy.  

Barbier’s most recent work examines habitat loss and the risk of disease outbreak. Barbier is also contributing to United Nations conversations on COVID-19 and rebuilding a green, sustainable global economy.

Citation tools, such as the Hirsch index, are frequently used as an indicator of a researcher’s international recognition and reach. The Stanford University group, headed by Professor John P.A. Ioannides, achieved a universal normalization of citation metrics by introducing a composite citation index which integrates the total number of citations, the H-index, a co-authorship-adjusted index, number of citations to papers as single author, number of citations to papers as single or first author, and number of citations to papers as single, first, or last author. 

Based on these studies, the Ioannides group generated data lists with the top 100,000 researchers in the world from every scientific discipline, as well those ranked in the top 2% in their main subfield discipline, during their academic career.  

Guy Numa

Professor Guy Numa on racism and exclusion 

Colorado State University and the College of Liberal Arts is committed to tackling the wicked problem of racism and exclusion. In this SOURCE story our own Dr. Guy Numa is one of three CLA professors highlighted. Numa stresses the importance of moving from discussion to action. He is a proponent for the creation of “baby bonds,” trust accounts that would be given to all newborns at birth, with larger amounts given to those in low-income families, to elevate the economic status of minority families.

Asst Prof Zach Schaller

Welcome Assistant Professor Zachary Schaller to the Economics Department!

We welcome a new face to the Economics Department this year, Assistant Professor Zachary Schaller!

Dr. Schaller earned his B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Western Colorado University in 2015 and his doctorate in Economics from the University of California, Irvine in June 2020. Schaller’s research fields are applied micro-theory, labor economics, and economic history. His work so far focuses on American labor unions, using a combination of empirical methods and economic theory to understand the decline in union prevalence and bargaining power. His research is motivated by the increasing disparity between worker’s wages and labor productivity. He says, “As labor markets have become more polarized in the United States and much of Europe there is increasing evidence that real economic losses can stem from distributional issues.  I wish to understand how these changes came about and how they have impacted people’s lives.”

Dr. Schaller will be teaching two sections of ECON 204, Principles of Macroeconomics, this fall semester. When asked about his teaching philosophy, Dr. Schaller said, “One of the wonderful things about economics is that it imparts such a useful way of thinking about the world. I hope that my students will take away not only enthusiasm for the discipline, but also a new language and a new lens through which they can view their jobs, majors, finances, politics, and communities.” He hopes to arm his students with the quantitative literacy and strategic thinking ability they need to navigate complex social issues, such as racism, climate change, poverty, health care, and inequality.

We are thrilled to have Dr. Schaller join our amazing team of faculty members!

Economics Department Office is Open (Virtually)!

The Economics Department office will be operating remotely until further notice. Normal office hours will be in effect Mondays thru Fridays: 7:30 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-4:30 pm (MST).

The office staff may be reached at 970-491-6324 or via email: CLA_Economics@colostate.edu

If you need assistance from any other faculty or staff, you are welcome to contact them directly via email. You can view our department’s website for contact information: https://economics.colostate.edu/people/

We are here to help! Stay well! #RamsTakeCareOfRams 🐏

Stephan Weiler

Winter 2019/Spring 2020 CLA Magazine featuring Professor Stephan Weiler now available

The Winter 2019/Spring 2020 edition of the CLA Magazine is now available for your viewing pleasure! The Liberal Arts Magazine showcases stories from faculty, students, and alumni on universal topics. In this issue, we apply the lenses of the liberal arts to place and space. Our department’s article highlights the work of Professor Stephan Weiler and REDI.

Identifying rural solutions to urban needs, and vice versa, has been a big part of Professor Weiler’s work for decades. With the Regional Economic Development Institute, Weiler and others are examining the many ways to bridge the urban-rural divide. Whether it’s malting barley, charter school supply and demand, or poverty and incarceration, rural and urban communities can learn from and benefit one another and provide opportunities for more people to succeed.

Ed Barbier

Professor Ed Barbier featured in Euromoney

Professor Ed Barbier is featured as one of the best-known environmental economists in the world in this article posted on Euromoney.com.

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.

Ed Barbier with Rick Miranda - University Distinguished Professor

Professor Ed Barbier named University Distinguished Professor

The 2019 Celebrate! Colorado State Awards, held on May 9th, recognized more than 60 people from across the university, among them Economics Department Professor Ed Barbier.

Barbier was awarded the title of University Distinguished Professor, CSU’s highest academic recognition.

“Dr. Barbier’s career record clearly ranks him among the most outstanding members of his discipline,” Dean Ben Withers wrote in a letter endorsing Barbier’s nomination. “The letter of nomination provided by his faculty colleagues clearly outlines the global disciplinary and interdisciplinary image of his work, beginning with his seminal 1989 publication Blueprint for a Green Economy, and extending to the recent publication of his influential policy papers in the journals Science and Nature.”

Barbier was nominated by Professor and Senior Associate Dean Alex Bernasek, Professor and Chair Elissa Braunstein, Associate Professor Terrence Iverson and Associate Professor Sammy Zahran.

“Professor Barbier has had a long and distinguished career in environment, natural resource and development economics,” they wrote in their nomination. “He originated some of the earliest economic approaches to ‘sustainable development,’ publishing path-breaking work in this area in the 1980s. Professor Barbier’s continuing excellence of achievements and contribution places him among the top of his discipline: He is consistently ranked among the most highly cited environmental economists and among the top 5% of all economists by citations. He is also listed as one of the 50 most influential scholars on sustainability, according to Cambridge University’s Institute of Sustainable Leadership.”

Among his most recent accomplishments are a May 2018 Science article, “How to pay for saving biodiversity,” co-authored with CSU colleagues Joanne Burgess, assistant professor of economics, and Thomas Dean, a management professor. In January, he wrote an article titled “How to make the next Green New Deal work” for Nature, in which he commented on the recent proposal for a Green New Deal from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. His new book, The Water Paradox: Overcoming the Global Crisis in Water Management, was published by Yale University Press in February.

Barbier received his undergraduate degree in economics and political science from Yale University, his M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of London. He joined CSU in 2017 from the University of Wyoming. Barbier received CSU’s 2018 Scholarship Impact Award.

Professor Stephan Weiler’s new REDI blog

Professor Stephan Weiler is on sabbatical this semester and has been visiting the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom as a Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair. Weiler is working on furthering the partnership between REDI@CSU and City-REDI. He has been asked to write a series of blog posts introducing himself, explaining how this partnership was developed, and what his Fulbright Scholarship will entail for City-REDI, the West Midlands, and other evolving regions across around the globe.

You can find the first blog of the series here: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/cityredi/meet-professor-stephan-weiler-fulbright-distinguished-research-chair-at-the-university-of-birmingham/

Professor Dave Mushinski and Professor Sammy Zahran

New study published by Professors Zahran, Mushinski, and Li

A new study by Professors Sammy Zahran, Dave Mushinski, and Cher Li has found that the quantity of delivery complications in hospitals are substantially higher during nights, weekends and holidays, and in teaching hospitals. The study, “Clinical capital and the risk of maternal labor and delivery complications: Hospital scheduling, timing and cohort turnover effects,” was published in Risk Analysis: An International Journal. They analyzed more than 2 million cases from 2005 to 2010, using detailed data obtained from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The results of the study suggest that:

  • The odds of a mother experiencing a delivery complication are 21.3 percent higher during the night shift, and the odds of a delivery complication increase 1.8 percent with every hour worked within a shift.
  • A mother delivering an infant on a weekend is 8.6 percent more likely to encounter a complication than a mother delivering on a weekday.
  • Births occurring on holidays are particularly susceptible to labor or delivery complications, with holiday births being 29 percent more likely to have a complication.

 

Read the SOURCE story here.

This story was picked up by the New York Times March 4th: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/04/well/family/hospital-pregnancy-childbirth-delivery-complications.html

Ed Barbier

Professor Ed Barbier weighs in on the cost of a Green New Deal

In a piece written by Professor Ed Barbier and published earlier this week (February 26, 2019) by The Conversation titled, “America can afford a Green New Deal – here’s how, Barbier argues that a Green New Deal is not unaffordable. Barbier provides expert insight on what a Green New Deal could cost and how the United States would pay for it.

The Conversation article can be found here: https://theconversation.com/america-can-afford-a-green-new-deal-heres-how-111681

Barbier also authored an article for Nature, International Journal for Science, in January 2019 titled “How to make the next Green New Deal work.” That write-up can be found here:  https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07845-5

 

Barbier’s latest book, The Water Paradox: Overcoming the Global Crisis in Water Management, is now available for purchase through Yale University Press and all other online booksellers.