Honor A Colleague

Robert HavemanR. Scott Farrow | Maureen L. CropperGeorge S. Tolley 



Robert Haveman

Professor Emeritus, Economics and Public Affairs, and Research Associate
Institute for Research on Poverty / University of Wisconsin-Madison

Robert Haveman is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Affairs and Research Associate at the Institute for Research on Poverty. He is also Adjunct Professor of Economics at University of Melbourne (AU). He has published widely in public finance, the economics of environmental and natural resources policy, benefit-cost analysis, and the economics of poverty and social policy. His publications include Succeeding Generations: On the Effects of Investments in Children (Russell Sage Foundation, 1994) which he authored with Barbara Wolfe and Human Capital in the United States from 1975 to 2000: Patterns of Growth and Utilization (Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2003) which he authored with Andrew Bershadker and Jonathan A. Schwabish).

His research has included estimating the adequacy of savings of older workers at and during retirement, assessing the impact of health shocks on the assets of retirees, evaluating the impacts of the Section 8 housing voucher program, and analyzing the methods for assessing the employment effects of public policy measures. He is an award-winning teacher, who continues to teach at the La Follette School, of which he was Director from 1988 to 1991. He was Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty from 1971 to 1975, and Chair of the Department of Economics from 1993-1996.

Professor Haveman has served as Senior Economist on the Subcommittee on Economy in Government, Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress. He was a Fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation in 1991-92, Research Associate at Resources for the Future in 1964-65 and 1999-1970, Fulbright Siena Professor in 2003, and Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study in 1975–76, 1996–97, 1996-97, and 2007. His work has appeared in the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Quarterly Journal of EconomicsJournal of the American Statistical Association, and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.

He received his doctorate in economics from Vanderbilt University.

Campaign Contributors

  • Larry Buron
  • David Greenberg
  • Donna Ginther
  • Kevin Hollenbeck
  • Brent Kreider
  • Jonathan Schwabish
  • Timothy Smeeding
  • Craig Thornton
  • David Weimer
  • Kathryn Wilson
  • Glenn Blomquist
  • Timothy Smeeding



R. Scott Farrow

Professor Emeritus, Economics
University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Scott Farrow is being honored for his many contributions to the practice of benefit-cost analysis through research, government service, teaching and for his extraordinary service to the Society for Benefit Cost Analysis.  Dr. Farrow was a founding editor of the Journal of Benefit Cost Analysis and played a major role in growing SBCA in the early years of the society. In recognition of these contributions, Dr. Farrow was awarded the SBCA Richard Zerbe Distinguished Service Award in 2014.

Dr. Farrows research has demonstrated repeatedly how solid applied microeconomic research and analysis can better inform public policy discussions.  His research work has spanned many areas of policy but has always been driven by real policy problems and recognized the complexity of behavior in daily economic life. He studied the implications of mixed political and economic decision-making for offshore oil and gas leasing.  He brought a similar perspective to research on air and water pollution trading including consideration of the value of exchanging some economic efficiency for political consensus and the welfare implications of analysts assuming that government spending is constant in revenue recycling models.  He adapted integrated economic and risk models to inform homeland and cyber security investments.  In short, his work provides an example, particularly for new researchers, of how an applied economist can build a professional life that makes tangible contributions to advancing public policy.

Unsurprisingly, Dr. Farrows focus on the reality of human behavior has been informed by extensive work in the government and the private sector.  He conducted macro-economic modeling in the Carter Executive Office of the President, econometric modeling of offshore oil and gas leasing in the Department of the Interior, brought an economist's perspective to the White House Council on Environmental Quality in the senior Bush administration, and focused on risk, economic performance and homeland security issues while Chief Economist of the GAO immediately following 9/11.   Internationally, he traveled extensively in Central Europe for US AID through the Harvard Institute for International Development, promoting market-based approaches to the environment.  In the private sector he consulted on domestic and international environmental issues including a multi-billion-dollar oil and gas development.   

This rich professional life of research and service provided the foundation for his work teaching the next generation of benefit-cost analysts and applied economists.  It allowed him to help his students develop not only needed analytical tools, but also a grounded understanding of the role they could play in public policy with these tools.  His ability to communicate the meaningfulness of this work helps explain the enthusiasm of his current and former students and colleagues in supporting this campaign, which in part honors his retirement from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), though not from professional life. 

Dr. Farrow received a B.A. in economics from Whitman College (cum laude, 1974) and a Ph.D. in economics from Washington State University (1983). Scott served on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University in both the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management and the Dept. of Engineering and Public Policy, at Pennsylvania State University, and most recently at UMBC. He has a long-standing association with the Marine Policy Center at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and CREATE (Center for the Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events) at the University of Southern California. He has served in the federal government as Chief Economist of the GAO and Associate Director/Ranking Senior Economist of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. 

Campaign Contributors

  • Richard Aiken
  • Glenn Blomquist
  • Timothy Brennan
  • Maureen L Cropper
  • Joseph Devlin
  • Peter Doeringer
  • Robert Farrow
  • Arthur Fraas
  • Pinar Geylani
  • Thomas Ginding
  • David Greenberg
  • Robert Hahn
  • Sandra Hoffman
  • John Jeffries
  • Di Jin
  • Nicole Katsikides
  • Alan Krupnick
  • Kerry Krutilla
  • Robert Lewis
  • Kelly Maguire
  • Kenneth McConnell
  • David Mitch
  • Clark Nardinelli
  • Emile Quinet
  • Lisa Robinson
  • Michael Scott
  • Kerry Smith
  • Craig Thornton
  • W. Kip Viscusi
  • Detlof Winterfeldt
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County

 The Society would like to express our gratitude to Sandra Hoffman for coordinating and implementing this campaign in Scott's honor.




Maureen L. Cropper

Distinguished University Professor; Chair
University of Maryland: Economics Department

Maureen L. Cropper, an environmental economist who possesses a unique mix of theoretical exactness, methodological practicality, and policy sense, has influenced the evolution of the economics profession and inspired colleagues and students for nearly five decades. With over 90 publications, she has contributed to both theory and practice across a wide spectrum of topics, from discounting to non-market valuation theory and applied methods. Her research has taken her into a similarly wide-ranging set of sectors, including environment, energy, climate change, and transportation.

Maureen may be best known for the key contributions she has made to the valuation of health and mortality, using stated and revealed preference models. Equally important, however, is her work in program evaluation, which has increased our understanding of both regulatory decision making and programmatic impacts. She has also made important contributions to the literature that attempts to understand peoples travel behavior and the relationship between commuting, housing location, and job choice. While much of this research has focused on the United States, she has conducted pioneering work designed to improve policy choices in developing countries, notably India, China, Thailand, and Ethiopia.

Maureen's influence has been felt in her organizational leadership and her commitment to public service. She is currently (and has been for seven years) the Department Chair at University of Maryland, where she has spent the majority of her career. At various times, she has served as President of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and as a Lead Economist at the World Bank. She has served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences; for both organizations she has played leadership roles on multiple committees dealing with environmental regulations, energy, climate change, or other issues. She has been a stalwart supporter of the Society of Benefit Cost Analysis over the years, participating in numerous conferences and writing for, and serving on the Editorial Board of, the Journal.

Maureen's many collaborations over the years with former students, with colleagues at the University of Maryland, World Bank, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Resources for the Future, with practitioners in related disciplines, and with many others have greatly enriched the field of environmental economics and helped to forge critical links between economic theory and its practical application in a variety of policy contexts.

Maureen received a B.A. in economics from Bryn Mawr College (summa cum laude, 1969) and a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University (1973). Since then, she has held faculty positions at the University of California at Riverside, the University of Southern California, and the University of Maryland, where she is a Distinguished University Professor. She is a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Maureen's service is not over: we expect her to inspire, motivate, and challenge her colleagues, collaborators, and students for many years to come.

Campaign Contributors

  • Antonio Bento
  • Roger Betancourt
  • Soma Bhattacharya
  • Glenn Blomquist
  • Dallas Burtraw
  • Thomas Crocker
  • Leland Deck
  • Duke University
  • Scott Farrow
  • Arthur Fraas
  • Kenneth Gillingham
  • Patrice Gordon
  • Ben Groom
  • Robert Hahn
  • Geoffrey Heal
  • Martin Heintzelman
  • Mun Ho
  • Sandy Hoffmann
  • Robin Jenkins
  • Yi Jiang
  • Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan
  • Catherine Kling
  • Masami Kojima
  • Elizabeth Kopits
  • Kerry Krutilla
  • Julian Lampietti
  • Benjamin Leard
  • Brian Murray
  • Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak
  • Clark Nardinelli
  • James Neumann
  • Richard Newell
  • Ian Partridge
  • Robert Pindyck
  • William Pizer
  • Christine and Paul Portney
  • Ingmar Prucha
  • Jyotsna Puri
  • Lisa Robinson
  • Richard Schmalensee
  • Robert Schwab
  • Jhih-Shyang Shih
  • Fran Sussman
  • Mike Toman
  • Martin Weitzman
  • Casey Wichman
  • David Zilberman




George S. Tolley, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Economics
University of Chicago

George S. Tolley was an exponent of a Chicago tradition of confidence in the power of economics to provide insights into behavior and useful prescriptions for public policy. His influence on environmental policy has been mostly as a university professor, advisor, and producer of scholarly and applied research. A notable exception was his tour of duty as deputy assistant secretary and director of the Office of Tax Analysis at the U.S. Treasury for 1974-1975. More typical was his service on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Automotive Pollution, the Energy Engineering Board at the National Research Council, and various advisory boards and commissions for Illinois and Chicago, and consultant to the Agency for International Development and World Bank. 

With his rare combination of talent for explaining economic insights into pros and cons of different policy options and ability to have non-economists embrace his economic ideas as their own, he has been able to influence environmental policy for the better. Major funding from the National Science Foundation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for grants dealing with urban pollution, amenities, visibility, and health effects of air pollution provided him the means to carry out ambitious research programs that facilitated access to decision makers. He shared what he learned through publication of many peer-reviewed journals articles and more than 20 books. Five books dealt with environmental economics and policy and one other has been particularly influential. Valuing Health for Policy: An Economic Approach has been read and cited by both environmental and health economics since its publication in 1994. This book is one of only 10 references listed in the guide to implementing Executive Order 12866 Economic Analysis of Federal Regulation that governs benefit-cost analysis of major environmental regulations.

George Tolley earned his B.A. from American University in 1947 and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1955. He has held regular and visiting faculty positions at North Carolina State University, Purdue University, University of California Berkeley, and the University of Chicago where he has been most of his career and at which he is professor emeritus. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is the honorary editor of the journal Resource and Energy Economics, which he founded and edited from 1978 to 1998. He received an honorary doctor of sciences degree from North Carolina State in 2006. He has been a practicing economist for more than 60 years and is still responding to the demand for his services.

Campaign Contributors

  • Tim Bartik
  • Glenn Blomquist
  • Richard V. Burkhauser
  • Maureen Cropper
  • Raymond R.(Rick) Geddes
  • Phil Graves
  • Donald Haurin
  • John Hoehn
  • Oded Izraeli
  • Charles Kahn
  • Donald Kenkel
  • Peter Linneman
  • Tracy Miller
  • Shannon Brett Mudd
  • James Oehmke
  • Bob Ohsfeldt
  • V. Kerry Smith
  • W. Kip Viscusi

The Society would like to express our gratitude towards Don Kenkel and Glenn Blomquist for coordinating and implementing this campaign in George's honor.