Frank Ackerman

Former Staff

    Frank Ackerman led SEI’s Climate Economics Group until its dissolution in September 2012.

    A prominent critic of conventional economic approaches to climate policy and the abuses of cost-benefit analysis, he has written extensively for academic, policy and general audiences and has directed studies for clients ranging from Greenpeace to the European Parliament and U.S. federal and state agencies.

    Ackerman’s most recent book, Can We Afford the Future? The Economics of a Warming World (Zed Books, 2009), reframes the economics of climate change in terms of insuring the planet against worst-case scenarios, addressing the needs of future generations, and accepting the challenge of global equity raised by the climate crisis. His other recent projects include The Economics of 350: The Benefits and Costs of Climate Stabilization (E3 Network, 2009, with Elizabeth A. Stanton et al.), and Poisoned for Pennies: The Economics of Toxics and Precaution (Island Press, 2008).

    Ackerman was a senior economist and director of the Climate Economics Group in the SEI U.S. Center He was also a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute of Tufts University, where he led the Research and Policy Program until 2007.

    Ackerman earned his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University in 1975 and has taught economics at Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts.


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