UCSB Environmental Economics
Ranked Fifth in Nation

UCSB Ranked Third in Nation for Environmental Economics

In a 2014 report, the program in environmental economics at UC Santa Barbara is ranked fifth all universities in the United States and eighth among the world's universities. The report was produced by Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), a collaborative effort involving hundreds of volunteers in 70 countries, who work with a decentralized database to enhance the dissemination of research in economics.

"The strength of environmental economics at UCSB is due in no small way to the farsightedness of the Bren faculty in supporting investment in this area of scholarship," said Bren professor emeritus of environmental economics Charles Kolstad, a former chair of the Economics Department who spent nearly thirty years at UCSB and was instrumental in developing the Bren School curriculum and raising the profile of environmental economics at Bren and UCSB.

The top five U.S. universities, in order, are:

  1. Harvard University

  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  3. Yale

  4. University of Wyoming

  5. UC Santa Barbara

To determine the order, RePEc computed 31 different rankings accordings to 31 different criteria. They then remove the best and the worst and aggregate the results using a harmonic mean of the rank orders.

Read more about environmental economics at the Bren School and UCSB.