Scott Barrett

Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Department of International and Public Affairs


Scott Barrett is the first Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics. Prior to joining Columbia in the fall of 2009, Professor Barrett served on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

His research focuses on institutional remedies to transnational challenges, including global climate change and the control of infectious diseases.

Barrett is the author of Environment and Statecraft: The Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making, published by Oxford University Press in paperback in 2005. His most recent book, Why Cooperate? The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods, was published by Oxford University Press in September 2007.

He has been an advisor to many organizations, including the European Commission, the International Task Force on Global Public Goods, the OECD, the World Bank, and the United Nations. He was a lead author of the second assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was previously a member of the Academic Panel of Environmental Economists to the UK's Department of Environment.

Prof. Barrett taught at London Business School for over a decade before teaching at Johns Hopkins University and was Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Yale University Center for the Study of Globalization in 2006. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics.

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