James K. Boyce is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and director of the environment program at the Political Economy Research Institute. His latest book is Economics, the Environment, and Our Common Wealth (2013). His previous books include Reclaiming Nature: Environmental Justice and Ecological Restoration (2007); Natural Assets: Democratizing Environmental Ownership (2003); and The Political Economy of the Environment (2002). He is president of Econ4: Economics for People, the Planet and the Future.

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The humble economist

Paper Conference paper | | Oct 2017

What economics can – and can’t – tell us about climate change 

America Last

Article | Jun 8, 2017

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord sets the US economy back

Carbon Dividends: The Bipartisan Key to Climate Policy?

Article | Feb 13, 2017

The practical question in Washington today is not whether regulations will go, but whether anything will replace them

Let Them Drink Pollution?

Article | Jan 26, 2016

The tragic crisis in Flint, Michigan, where residents have been poisoned by lead contamination, is not just about drinking water. And it’s not just about Flint. It’s about race and class, and the stark contradiction between the American dream of equal rights and opportunity for all and the American nightmare of metastasizing inequality of wealth and power.

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What Role Should Economists Play in Climate Policy?

Video | May 30, 2018

Economist James K. Boyce argues that the distribution of carbon tax revenue is just as important as the price itself


From the Origins of Economic Ideas to the Challenges of Our Time

Event Plenary | Oct 21–23, 2017

INET gathered hundreds of new economic thinkers in Edinburgh to discuss the past, present, and future of the economics profession.