Some recent papers

with Astrid Dannenberg, "Tipping versus Cooperating to Supply a Public Good," Journal of the European Economics Association, 2017 (FREE ACCESS).


"Coordination vs. Voluntarism and Enforcement in Sustaining International Environmental Cooperation," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113(51): 14515-14522, 2016.


with Astrid Dannenberg, "An Experimental Investigation into 'Pledge and Review' in Climate Negotiations," Climatic Change 138(1): 339-351, 2016. 


with Marten Scheffer and others, "Creating a Safe Operating Space for Iconic Ecosystems, Science 347 (6228): 1317-1319, 2015.


"Solar Geoengineering’s Brave New World: Thoughts on the Governance of An Unprecedented Technology," Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 8(2): 249-269, 2014.


with Astrid Dannenberg, "Sensitivity of Collective Action to Uncertainty about Climate Tipping Points," Nature Climate Change, 4: 36-39, 2014.


"Climate Treaties and Approaching Catastrophes," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 66(2): 235-250, 2013.


“Economic Considerations for the Eradication Endgame,“ Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 368: 2012149, 2013.



Photo by Maurice Weiss/OSTKREUZ
Photo by Maurice Weiss/OSTKREUZ

Scott Barrett is the Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics at Columbia University in New York City, with appointments in the School of International and Public Affairs & the Earth Institute.


He was previously a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC and, before that, at the London Business School. He has also held visiting positions at École Polytechnique, the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, Princeton, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and Yale. 


He is a Fellow and former chairman of the advisory board of the Beijer Institute in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He is also a Fellow with the Kiel Institute of World Economics and CESifo Munich. He is on numerous editorial boards and is an associate editor of Science Advances.


His research is concerned with the design of international institutions that promote international cooperation in addressing issues like climate change, disease eradication, and protection of the oceans. He is the author of Environment and Statecraft: The Theory of Environmental Treaty-Making and Why Cooperate? The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods, both published by Oxford University Press.


In addition to his normal academic duties, he has been a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change second assessment report, a member of the academic panel to the Department of Environment in the UK, lead advisor to the International Task Force on Global Public Goods, and a consultant to numerous international organizations on issues ranging from trade in African elephant ivory to the negotiation of climate agreements; and from the conservation of tuna to the eradication of polio. 


He has been awarded the Resources for the Future Dissertation Prize, the Erike Kempe Award by the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the Publication of Enduring Quality Award by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, by the University of Bath.


He received his PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.


For interviews about his work, see The Atlantic and Columbia Magazine.