WALLA WALLA, Wash.—Balancing individual interest and the public good in the area of economics will be discussed by a noted professor and scholar from the University of California, Berkeley, when he visits the Whitman campus Monday, Nov. 5.

 Richard B. Norgaard, professor of energy and resources and of agriculture and resource economics, will present “Economics and Democracy: The Role of Economics in Balancing Individual Interest and the Public Good” at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Hall 130. His presentation is free and open to the public.

 As one of the founders of the field of ecological economics, Norgaard’s recent research addresses how environmental problems challenge scientific understanding and the policy process, how ecologists and economists understand the systems differently, and how globalization affects environmental governance. He has field experience in numerous areas, particularly in the Brazilian Amazon, Alaska and Vietnam.

 In addition, Norgaard is the author of one book, co-author or editor of three additional books and is responsible for more than 100 more publications spanning the fields of environment and development, tropical forestry and agriculture, environmental epistemology, energy economics and ecological economics. Though recognized as an eclectic scholar, he is also among the 1,000 economists in the world most cited by other economists.

 He earned his B.A. in economics from UC-Berkeley, his M.A. in agricultural economics from Oregon State University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

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CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156
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