In an ongoing series, Solving Climate: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT, faculty, students, and alumni in the Institute’s humanistic fields share scholarship and insights that are significant for solving climate change and mitigating its myriad social and ecological impacts.
Clare Balboni is the 3M Career Development Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT and an affiliate of MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. Her research centers on environmental economics, trade, and development economics. In this Q&A with MIT SHASS Communications, she describes the burgeoning influence of economics in understanding climate, energy, and environmental issues, as well as informing related policy.
Q: In what ways are the research, insights, and perspectives from economics significant for addressing global change and its myriad ecological and social impacts?