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Shogren to Give UW Faculty Senate Talk Nov. 30

November 22, 2017
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Jason Shogren

Jason Shogren, the Stroock Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Management in the University of Wyoming Department of Economics, will give the fall Faculty Senate Speaker Series talk Thursday, Nov. 30. The event is free and open to the public.

Shogren will discuss behavioral and economic issues that arise in commitment in his talk, titled “Commitment Towards the Public Good,” at 4:10 p.m. in Room 310 of the Classroom Building. He studies the behavioral underpinnings of economic policy.

In his lecture, Shogren will discuss how commitment in economics means putting “money on the barrelhead -- the truth is revealed by how and where you spend your money.”

“But, what about commitment in the provision of non-market goods and services like biodiversity and climate change protection?” he asks.

Shogren also will discuss the lessons learned from a decade-long research program on how it affects a person’s economic behavior toward environmental challenges and the public good.

He is a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and served as professor to King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Shogren is a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics.

Shogren earned a bachelor's (1980) degree in economics from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and his doctorate (1986) in economics from UW. In 1997, he was the White House senior economist for environmental and natural resource policy, Council of Economic Advisers. He was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore, and he also served on Wyoming's Environmental Quality Council from 2000-04.

Two Faculty Senate Speaker Series talks are presented each year, one during the fall semester and one during the spring semester. The award carries an honorarium of $1,000. The nominations are open to all UW faculty and academic professionals.

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