James K. Boyce is an author, economist, and senior fellow at the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has written for Harper’s, Scientific American, Politico, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous scholarly journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Ecological Economics, Environmental Research Letters, and Climatic Change. He received the 2011 Fair Sharing of the Common Heritage Award from Project Censored and the Media Freedom Foundation, and the 2017 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. His most recent books are Economics for People and the Planet: Inequality in the Era of Climate Change (Anthem 2019; audiobook edition with foreword by Manuel Pastor, 2021) and The Case for Carbon Dividends (Polity 2019).

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Freedom from Fossil Fuels is Good for Your Health

Article | Feb 20, 2020

Freeing ourselves from reliance on fossil fuels is not only good for the planet and future generations. It also saves lives here and now, not just in the far future.

Keeping the Oil in the Soil

Article | Jul 22, 2019

The central goal of any serious climate policy is to keep fossil fuels in the ground. The central question is how.

The humble economist

Paper Conference paper | | Oct 2017

What economics can – and can’t – tell us about climate change 

America Last

Article | Jun 8, 2017

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord sets the US economy back

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A Plan for Earth’s Survival that Can Survive U.S. Politics?

Article | Jul 30, 2019

Economist James K. Boyce explains how to fight climate change and rising income inequality in one shot

What Role Should Economists Play in Climate Policy?

Video | May 30, 2018

Economist James K. Boyce argues that the distribution of carbon tax revenue is just as important as the price itself


From the Origins of Economic Ideas to the Challenges of Our Time

Event Plenary | Oct 21–23, 2017

INET gathered hundreds of new economic thinkers in Edinburgh to discuss the past, present, and future of the economics profession.