My essay this month represents a departure from my standard blog posts about a contemporary environmental policy issue. Rather, it is of a more personal nature, and stems from the fact that the second volume of my collected papers has just been published by Edward Elgar, Economics of Climate Change and Environmental Policy: Selected Papers of Robert N. Stavins, 2000-2011 (2013), a successor to the first volume, published in 2000, Environmental Economics and Public Policy: Selected Papers of Robert N. Stavins, 1988-1999.
When the publisher invited me to collect my papers in these edited volumes, it was suggested that I write a personal introduction in which I might reflect on the professional path that led to my research and writing. I did this, and the introductory chapter of the second volume contains my latest reflections on that path. This essay essentially consists of an abbreviated version. My hope is that some readers will find it of interest, particularly students and others who aspire to work in this exciting and growing field.
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