Many scholars and practitioners perceive a trade-off between environmental protection and economic development, with debates often centering around how best to allocate resources between the two goals. This attitude is evident in academic and policy discourse worldwide, where growing responsibility for climate change is attributed to the developing world, but the notion that environmental policy will hinder economic development frequently thwarts environmental policymaking in these countries.
CIERP's Sustainable Development Economics (SDE) Program works on a broad range of topics related, but not limited, to environment, global health, and development. We work to understand the relationship between development and the environment through quantifying the value of environmental goods and services and evaluating the impact of environmental policies. Moreover, we investigate a new model for promoting both environmental protection and economic development based on the assertion that the two are an interrelated and inseparable mechanism to promote human well-being.