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Outstanding Public Service through Economics Award 2013

NAREA has an annual Award for Outstanding Public Service through Economics. This award honors and recognizes economists who have applied agricultural, environmental, consumer, resource, or community development economics in a unique way that has contributed toward solving an important problem and improving the welfare of society.

Al McGartland, Director of US EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics
Kathleen Bell presenting Al McGartland with the 2013 Award for Outstanding Public Service through Economics

The 2013 Award for Outstanding Public Service through Economics was awarded to Al McGartland, Director of US EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics.

"We are happy to celebrate Al's unique and meaningful public service contributions, including his efforts to (1) expand environmental economics research capacity and (2) increase the use of economic science in environmental policy making. Over the last 2 decades, Al has worked to increase the environmental economics research capacity at US EPA. His division included 4 Ph.D. economists when he arrived in 1991; it now includes 26 Ph.D. environmental economists, one of the largest concentrations of such expertise in the world. By helping support research funding and environmental economics workshops and making economics analysis guidelines accessible to diverse audiences, Al has also helped develop economics research capacity outside of US EPA. In addition to growing capacity, he has also elevated the use of economics science in decision-making. Al helped create both EPA's National Center for Environmental Economics and the Environmental Economic Advisory Committee (EEAC) of EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB).

He wrote his dissertation under Wally Oates on tradable permit systems and published this work in AER, JEEM, and Candadian Journal of Economics. Instead of choosing an academic path, he chose a path of public service. As Past-President of NAREA, I am thrilled that our public service award gives us a chance to honor economists such as Al that have made such notable contributions to our field and society." Kathleen Bell - Past President of NAREA.


Previous recipients include:

2002 Bruce Gardner
2003 Adesoji Adelaja
2004 Paul Portney
2005 Sandra Batie
2006 Thomas Johnson
2007 Nelson Bills
2008 Walter Armbruster
2009 James Horne
2010 Tom Tietenberg
2011 Ronald W. Cotterill
2012 Katherine "Kitty" Smith
2013 Al McGartland
2014 Julie Caswell
2015 Stephan Goetz
2016 David Just
2017 Dallas Butraw