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.




Climate change in the news.
Climate change in the news.

"To Curb Global Warming, Science Fiction May Become Fact," New York Times 4 April 2017.


"Dealing with Disasters," Econ Focus (Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond), Fourth Quarter 2015.


"Economists: Climate Change is Going to Cost a Lot More than Previously Thought," Washington Post, 7 December 2015.


"Why 2 Degrees Celsius is Climate Change's Magic Number," PBS NewsHour 2 December 2015.


Marketplace National Public Radio, "Could 'Free Riders' Derail Climate Talks?" 24 November 2015.


"COP 21: How the Paris Climate Talks Could Succeed," Newsweek 17 November 2015.


"Momentum--but Uncertainty--in Final Pre-Paris Climate Talks," Christian Science Monitor 19 October 2015.


"Climate Deal Badly Needs a Big Stick," New York Times, 2 June 2015.


"Testing the Limits of European Ambitions on Emissions," New York Times, 30 November 2014.


 "A Role for G-7 in Global Warming Battle," New York Times, 2 June 2014.


PBS NewsHour, "Can the U.S. Compel Global Collaboration on Climate Change?" 17 February 2014.


"Geoengineers are Free to Legally Hack the Planet," New Scientist 31 October 2013.


"Experimental Climate Fixes Stir Hopes, Fears, Lawyers," Reuters 30 August 2013.


"Game Theory Suggests Current Climate Negotiations Won't Avert Catastrophe," ScienceNews, 13 November 2012.


“A Conversation with Scott Barrett.” The Atlantic, 5 December 2011.


Ahead of Climate Talks, U.S. Leadership in Question,” National Public Radio, 28 November 2011.


“Durban climate summit: Is it time to forget about 2 degrees of warming?” The Ecologist, 8 November 2011.


Disease Eradication and the Role of International Organizations.”The New Republic, 29 June 2011.


“Can Geoengineering Put the Freeze on Global Warming?” USA Today, 25 February 2011.


“Getting Rid of Polio Bill Gates’ Top Priority” AP, 25 January 2011.


“No Big Deal: The Key to Solving the Planet’s Most Daunting Problems: Think Small,” by Thanassis Cambanis, The Boston Globe, 9 January 2011.


“As Climate Talks Drag On, More Ponder Techno-fixes,” AP, 4 December 2010. 


“Geoengineering: Lift-off,” The Economist, 4 November 2010. 


Eliminating malaria impossible without vaccine,” Associated Press, 29 October 2010.


New strategy to wipe out polio may be last shot to eradicate it before money runs out” Associated Press, 20 May 2010.


Engineering the Climate,” radio interview, PRI/BBC The World, March 2010.


Copenhagen Kerfuffle Erupts After Leak of Danish Text,” television interview, WorldFocus, 9 December 2009. 


Scott Barrett on Crafting a Successful Climate Agreement in Copenhagen,” radio interview, Earth & Sky interview, Nov. 30, 2009. 


Climate Change is Victim of the ‘Tragedy of the Commons,’” radio interview, NPR Morning Edition interview, Nov 27, 2009. 


Agreement on Climate Change Looks Unlikely Ahead of Copenhagen,” Christian Science Monitor, Nov 5, 2009.


The Climate Change Game,” Nature Reports Climate Change, 29 October 2009. 


Climate Change and the UN: Nice Words,” The Economist, 23 September 2009. 


Mutant Polio Virus Spreads in Nigeria,” Associated Press, 14 August 2009.