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Office Phone: (858) 822-2262


Professor, Department of Economics


  • PhD. UC Berkeley

Expertise/Areas Of Interest:

Richard Carson specializes in environmental and natural resource economics. He has worked on issues related to air pollution, energy, growth management, natural disasters, non-market valuation and water. He also works in the areas of econometrics and consumer marketing.

Topics Of Publications:

Carson has published extensively on a variety of topics in environmental and natural resource economics. He is the co-author of the widely cited book Using Surveys to Value Public Goods: The Contingent Valuation Method. His last two books are: Valuing Oil Spill Prevention: A Case Study of California’s Central Coast and Both Sides of the Border: Transboundary Environmental Management Issues Facing Mexico and the United States.


Carson received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and joined the UCSD facility in 1985. He recently served as chair of the economics department and is a senior fellow at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. In 2007-2008 Carson was president of the American Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Carson earlier served as research director for international environmental policy at the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. He was the government’s chief economist for assessing the damages of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and has been a consultant to a number of local, state, federal agencies and international organizations.



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