Eban Goodstein

Director, Bard MBA in Sustainability and Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Bard College
Areas of Expertise:
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Economic Growth & Innovation

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About Eban

Goodstein is an environmental economist with a research focus on the employment and competitiveness impacts of environmental policy, climate change solutions, and sustainable business. At Bard, he directs a graduate MBA program in sustainable business, and two MS degree programs in environmental and climate policy. He serves on the editorial board of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, is an Advisor to Chevrolet on their Clean Energy Initiative, is on the Steering Committee of Economics for Equity & the Environment, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Follett Corporation. In recent years, Goodstein coordinated a series of national educational events around climate change, engaging over 2,500 colleges, universities, and K-12 schools in solutions-based dialog. He currently directs C2C Fellows (, a network of undergraduates and recent graduates who aspire to sustainability leadership in business and politics.



The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment (Island Press, 1999).
Presents the only book length treatment of the “jobs versus the environment” debate, documenting no trade-off at the macro level, small gross job losses, and little capital flight to developing countries resulting from environmental regulatory costs. The book also explores the case for green jobs.
"The Economics of 350: The Benefits and Costs of Climate Stabilization" (with Frank Ackerman, Elizabeth A. Stanton, Stephen J. DeCanio, Richard B. Howarth, Richard B. Norgaard, Catherine S. Norman, and Kristen A. Sheeran). Solutions 1, no. 5 (October 2009).
Develops a feasible emission reduction path to achieve 350 ppm by the year 2200. From the available literature demonstrates that a 350 target could be achieved at a net cost of between zero and 3% of global GDP.
Economics and the Environment, Sixth Edition (John Wiley & Sons, 2010).
Provides an overview of major themes as a college text-book designed for a one-semester introductory course in environmental and natural resource economics. Features a “four-question” format that organizes the many subtopics in this discipline.
"Reconciling the Science and Economics of Climate Change" Climatic Change 106, no. 4 (2011): 661-665.
Exposes the faulty economics embedded in major Integrated Assessment Models, economics that underlie arguments for a “go-slow” approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"An Estimated Cost of Lost Climate Regulation Services Caused by Thawing of the Arctic Cryosphere" (with Eugenie Euskirchen and Henry Huntington). Ecological Applications (forthcoming).
Documents the breakdown of the “Arctic Air-Conditioner” – the loss of reflective white ice and snow – and calculates the cost of the extra global warming that results, based on the “social cost of carbon.” At the low end, we calculate the cumulative damages from the melting Arctic will be $2.5 trillion by 2050.

In the News

"New Greenhouse Gas Rules Will Cost Taxpayers Very Little," Eban Goodstein, Talking Points Memo Café, June 4, 2014.
"Hot Air: A Review of ‘Cool It’ by Bjorn Lomborg," Eban Goodstein, Salon, August 27, 2007.
"Education or Advocacy? Engaging a Hotter World," Eban Goodstein, Inside Higher Ed, January 20, 2009.
Guest to discuss climate change and its economic impact with Governor Ted Kulongoski of Oregon, Angus Ducan, chair of the Oregon Global Warming Commission and Dave Van't Hoff, Sustainable Policy Advisor as moderator in self-produced video on Oregon Climate Dialog, Eban Goodstein, April 2009.
"Reducing Carbon Emissions Even More Remains Economically Viable," Eban Goodstein (with Frank Ackerman and Kristen Sheeran), The Washington Post, October 23, 2009.
"Is There a Generational Failure on Climate Change? Not Yet," Eban Goodstein, Triple Pundit, November 18, 2009.
"Obama at COP15: The Grand Deal and the Second Track," Eban Goodstein, Triple Pundit, December 15, 2009.
"Climate Policy and Jobs: What Economists Know," Eban Goodstein (with Kristen Sheeran, Peter Dorman, Jonathan Isham, and and John Laitner), ThinkProgress, February 8, 2010.
"California’s Landmark Climate Law: Job Killer or Creator?," Eban Goodstein (with Kristen Sheeran), Grist, September 18, 2010.
"New Year, New Idea for Climate: The American Clean Energy Party," Eban Goodstein, Grist, January 4, 2011.
"Costs of Inaction: The Price of Ice," Eban Goodstein, Grist, February 9, 2011.
"Speaker Discusses Global Warming," Eban Goodstein, Interview with Amelia Acosta, The Dartmouth, April 13, 2011.
"Building a New Society for Young Climate Leaders," Eban Goodstein, ThinkProgress, September 15, 2011.
"Vision, Reality, and Austerity," Eban Goodstein, Real Climate Economics, October 3, 2011.
"How to Beat the Tea Party and Win on Clean Energy," Eban Goodstein, Grist, October 11, 2011.
"Economist: Global Warming Means Tough Choices for West Virginia," Eban Goodstein, Interview with Taylor Kuykendall, State Journal, February 2, 2012.
"Building the Green MBA: Your Ideas Needed," Eban Goodstein,, May 21, 2012.