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Columbia: Environmental Economist Named to Advisory Organization to Assess EPA Policies

Policies on air pollution, climate change, and water have far-reaching effects on Americans but is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) using the best available economic science when designing and proposing policy? The newly created External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (E-EEAC) will convene nationally-recognized environmental economists to ensure that it does.

“Our mission is to provide independent advice on the state-of-the-science with regard to the benefits, costs, and design of the EPA’s environmental programs,” stated executive committee member Dr. Matthew Neidell, professor of health policy and management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Neidell is also a faculty member with the Earth Institute and the Columbia Population Research Center, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a research fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics.

The E-EEAC, which functions as a non-partisan research organization, is structured to provide independent advice from experts in the field of environmental economics. It formed following the dissolution in 2018 of the original Environmental Economics Advisory Committee, which had operated for over 25 years within the EPA. Like its predecessor, the E-EEAC consists of economists who apply their expertise to analyze the benefits, costs, and design of environmental policies.

The E-EEAC’s intent is to operate until the EPA reconstitutes an internal environmental economics advisory committee composed of independent economists.

The organization is funded by the Sloan Foundation and UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation.