AERE honors the outstanding contributions to the field of environmental and resource economics with four annual awards.  We invite you to learn more about each award, as well as current and past recipients below.

AERE Fellows

In 2005, the AERE Fellows program was instituted to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the profession of environmental and resource economics.  Nominate someone for AERE Fellow >>

2018 AERE Fellows


     Kevin Boyle                       Michael Greenstone               Karen L. Palmer

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Publication of Enduring Quality

Each year since 1989, AERE has recognized works that are of seminal nature and with enduring value in environmental and resource economics. Place and type of publication are unrestricted for the AERE Publication of Enduring Quality (PEQ) award.  Nomination Instructions >>

2018 PEQ Award


Martin L. Weitzman, "Why the Far-Distant Future Should Be Discounted at Its Lowest Possible Rate," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Vol. 36, Issue 3 (1998), pp. 201-208





Christian Gollier, "Discounting an Uncertain Future," Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 85, Issue 2 (August 2002), pp. 149-166


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The Ralph C. d’Arge and Allen V. Kneese Award for Outstanding Publication in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

Each year, AERE selects an outstanding research paper published in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists during the calendar year.

  2018 Outstanding Publication in JAERE


Dominic P. Parker and Bryan Badheim (2017), “Resource Cursed or Policy Cursed? US Regulation of Conflict Minerals and Violence in the Congo,” Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 1-49.





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Wallace E. Oates Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

The Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award was initiated in 2013 and first awarded in 2014. Nominated dissertations are judged by a panel of AERE members who emphasize in their deliberations the originality of the research, quality of implementation, expositional clarity, and intellectual and practical significance of research findings.  Donate to the Oates Fund that supports this award, or nominate a student for the award.

  2017 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (awarded January 2018)

Eyal Frank,
Economic Outcomes and Market Dynamics of
Biodiversity Losses
, Columbia University, 2017.

The dissertation abstract is published in the 
Journal of the Association of Environmental
and Resource Economists

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Special Awards

Distinguished Service Award

2007:  Marilyn M. Voigt was given special recognition for her 20 years of dedicated service to AERE—first as Executive Secretary and now as Executive Director. Her contributions to AERE have been innumerable during this time, and her depth of knowledge regarding AERE's organizational structure continues to provide the backbone for all of AERE's activities and functions.

2006 Petry Prize for the Economics of Climate Change

Richard Newell and William Pizer for their paper “Discounting the Distant Future: How Much Do Uncertain Rates Increase Valuations?” published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management in July 2003.