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Research Interests

Economics of Poverty and Nutrition. Environmental Economics. Economic Measurement. Economics of Knowledge.


Fellow: British Academy, Royal Society. Member: Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Foreign Member: US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Honorary Fellow: London School of Economics, Trinity College (Cambridge). Volvo Environment Prize (2002), John Kenneth Galbraith Prize (2006), Zayed International Environment Prize (2011), Blue Planet Prize (2015), Tyler Prize (2016), Kew International Medal, Royal Botanical Garden, Kew, 2021. Honorary Doctorate: Wageningen University, University of Bologna, Tilberg University, Catholic University of Louvain, Harvard University, University of York.

Recent Publications

Published Papers

Socially Embedded Preferences, Environmental Externalities, and Reproductive Rights,” (with Aisha Dasgupta), Population and Development Review, 2017, 43(3), 405-441.

Kenneth Arrow: Public Goods, Public Policy, and Environmental Economics,” In Memorium, Econometrica Society Website, 2017.

Global Population Size and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals,” Ecology, Economics, and Society, 2018, 1(1).

Ramsey’s Theory of Optimum National Saving,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2019.

Narrow Identities,” (with S. Goyal), Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 2019, 175(3), 395-419.

“What Would a World Population Policy That Respected Democracy Look Like?”, in M. Cook (photographs) and R.M. Solow (editor), Economists (New Haven: Yale University Press), 2019, p. 42.

Birth and Death – Arrow Lecture”, in P. Dasgupta, Time and the Generations: Population Ethics for a Diminishing Planet (New York: Columbia University Press), 2019.

Harvesting the Commons,” (with T. Mitra and G. Sorger), Environmental and Resource Economics, 2019, 72(3), 613-636.

Social Dimensions of Fertility Behavior and Consumption Patterns in the Anthropocene,” (with S. Barrett, Aisha Dasgupta, W.N. Adger, J. Anderies, J. van den Bergh, C. Bledsoe, J. Bongaarts, S. Carpenter, F.S. Chapin III, A.-S. Crepin, G. Daily, P. Ehrlich, C. Folke, N. Kautsky, E.F. Lambin, S.A. Levin, K.-G. Maler, R. Naylor, K. Nyborg, S. Polansky, M. Scheffer, J. Shogren, P.S. Jorgensen, B. Walker, and J. Wilen), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2020, 117(12), 6300-6307.

Strategy-Proofness, Independence of Irrelevant Alternatives, and Majority Rule” (with E. Maskin), American Economic Review: Insights, 2020, 2(4), 459-474.

Population, Ecological Footprint, and the Sustainable Development Goals,” (with Aisha Dasgupta and S. Barrett), Environmental and Resource Economics, November 2021, online.

Population Overshoot,” (with Aisha Dasgupta), in K. Bykvist and T. Campbell, eds., Oxford Handbook of Population Ethics (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 2022.

The Dasgupta Review: Supplementary Notes on Investment in Conservation and Restoration, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health,” National Institute Economic Review, 2021, 1-16.

The Perils of Cosmopolitan Intellectualism,” (Review of Amartya Sen’s Memoir, Home in the World: London: Allen), Society, 2021, 58(5), pp. 416-423.

“Narrow Identities Revisited,” (with S. Goyal) – Response to comments in special issue of Erasmus Journal of Economics and Philosophy, 2021, 14(2).

Authored Books

Time and the Generations: Population Ethics for a Diminishing Planet, (New York: Columbia University Press), Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture Series, 2019.

The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review, (London: HM Treasury), 2021. To be republished by Cambridge University Press, 2022

The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review – Abridged Version, (London: HM Treasury), 2021.

Edited Books

Handbook of Environmental Economics, Vol. IV, co-edited with S. Pattanayak and V.K. Smith (Amsterdam: Elsevier), 2018.

Biological Extinctions: New Perspectives (Proceedings of a conference on Biological Extinctions at the Pontifical Academies), co-edited with P. Raven and A. McIvor (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 2019.

Recent Activities


C.D. Deshmukh Lecture, National Council of Applied Economics Research, New Delhi, 2018.

President’s Lecture, State House, Mauritius, 2018.

IIAM-SRK Third Annual Lecture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 2019.

Martin Buber Memorial Lecture 2019, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Jerusalem.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Annual Lecture 2020, Wellington.

Christian Aid (Inaugural) Annual Lecture 2021, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.

Schorstein Lecture, William Harvey Day Conference, Bart and The City, 2021.

Garner Lecture, UK Environmental Law Association, 2021.

Plenary Lecture, British Ecological Society Annual Conference, 2021.

Karl-Goran Maler Memorial Lecture, Biennial Conference of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics, 2021.

Jon Goldstein Memorial Lecture, University of Minnesota, 2022.

John H Chafee Memorial Lecture on Science, Policy and Environment, Annual Conference of the Global Council for Science and the Environment, 2022.

David Pearce Lecture, Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Rimini, 2022.


Interview on the Dasgupta’s work on ecological economics (available on youtube) conducted by Professor E. Somanathan of the Indian Statistical Institute.

Video interview with Johnny Lyons, book review editor of the literary journal Society.

Interview with Marina Windsor

In the News

Freedom of City of London for Professor Dasgupta
The Faculty's Sir Partha Dasgupta, was commended for his economic research, including the Dasgupta report, at the ceremony held in the Guildhall of the City of London
Published on - Monday 6th June 2022

Cambridge’s Economics and Econometrics recognised in REF 2021
The results from the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) have highlighted the global impact of the University of Cambridge’s research in the field of economics, with an acknowledgement of the world leading quality of our overall research submission marked by both an increase in GPA, and an increase in the percentage of the submission scored as ‘world leading’.
Published on - Thursday 12th May 2022

Population: The Missing Factor in Climate and Biodiversity Policy - Video
Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta gave The Bennett Institute for Public Policy's Annual Public Policy Lecture.
Published on - Monday 6th December 2021

Putting the Environment at the Heart of Economic Decision-Making
Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta and Nicholas Stern took part in a panel discussion on why it's crucial for us to embed the environment into economic and finance decision-making.
Published on - Tuesday 9th November 2021

It’s not a giant step to introduce nature into economics
Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta was interviewed by Leslie Hook as part of the Financial Times's ‘Economists Exchange’ series.
Published on - Thursday 4th November 2021

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta

Emeritus Professor, Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics

Research Group:
Microeconomic Theory

CV: Curriculum Vitae

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