My current research deals with the impact of Artificial Intelligence on human society, the economy, and culture.
In the recent past I have examined the consequences of computational limits for economics and social theory more generally in Limits of Economic and Social Knowledge (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Over the course of my career I have worked in the fields of global environmental protection, the theory of the firm, and economic history. I have written about both the contributions and misuse of economics in debates over long-run policy problems such as climate change and stratospheric ozone layer protection. My book, Economic Models of Climate Change: A Critique (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) discusses the problems with conventional general equilibrium models when applied to climate policy.
From 1986 to 1987 I was Senior Staff Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. I have been a member of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Economic Options Panel, which reviewed the economic aspects of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, and I served as Co-Chair of the Montreal Protocol’s Agricultural Economics Task Force of the Technical and Economics Assessment Panel. I participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, and was a recipient of the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. In 1996 I was honored with a Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award, and in 2007 a “Best of the Best” Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. I served as Director of the UCSB Washington Program from 2004 to 2009.
My home is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I can be reached most easily by email at email@example.com.