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Can economics help save the world? Panel discussion Oct. 19

The Hazard and Climate Resiliency Institute will host an event focused on the relationship between economics and sustainability from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Register to attend via Zoom.

The format is a facilitated panel discussion followed by an interactive question and answer session. The event is co-facilitated with Michail Fragkias, professor of economics.

Full event details can be found on the institute’s website.


Climate change is arguably the biggest challenge that humanity is facing. Most people agree that this is happening, that human activities are contributing, and that we need to be doing something about it. How are economists thinking about this issue? This panel will address important economic concepts like carbon markets and carbon taxes, and the use and relevance of typical economics tools like cost-benefit analyses and climate-economy models.


  • Lee Parton, assistant professor of economics, Boise State University
  • Tony Orlando, ecosystem services analyst, The Freshwater Trust
  • Laura Villegas Ortiz, senior research analyst, Earth Economics