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Martin weitzman’s contributions to environmental economics

Martin weitzman’s contributions to environmental economics

Something special that keeps on giving: The contributions of Martin Weitzman to environmental economics

Environmental economist Martin Weitzman passed on in August. This short intellectual biography and personal remembrance, by his long-time co-host of the Harvard Seminar on Environmental Economics and Policy, outlines how his contributions have advanced the thinking about environmental economists and policymakers on many fundamental issues, including policy instrument choice, discounting, species diversity, and environmental catastrophes. Over the board, the exemplory case of his rigorous and frequently ingenious work set high standards for theorising in environmental economics and thereby served to raise the complete field.