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Frank Ackerman

Frank Ackerman is an economist who has written extensively about the economics of climate change, energy and other environmental problems. His book, “Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing,” is a critique of cost-benefit analysis and its abuse in US environmental policy. His other books include “Poisoned for Pennies: The Economics of Toxics and Precaution” (Island Press, 2008), and “Can We Afford the Future? Economics for a Warming World” (Zed Books, 2009). He has written numerous academic and popular articles, and has directed policy reports for clients ranging from Greenpeace to the European Parliament. For a listing of his publications, see his website,

He is a founder and member of the steering committee of Economics for Equity and Environment (the E3 Network), and a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. Frank received his PhD in economics from Harvard University. He is now a principal economist at Synapse Energy Economics, a research and consulting firm in Cambridge, MA. In addition to his day job, he plays the trumpet in the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, an amateur New Orleans-style band in the Boston area.



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