Frank Ackerman

Frank Ackerman ( born 1946 in Madison, Wisconsin) is an American economist.

Academic Career

Ackerman earned his Ph.D. in 1975 at Harvard University. After that, he taught and conducted research among other things at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and Boston, at Tufts University and the Stockholm Environment Institute U.S. Center. His research interests focus especially on environmental economics and the economics of climate change. In the scientific debate Ackerman is considered critics of the application of cost-benefit analysis in environmental policy. He has spearheaded numerous studies for NGOs and government institutions, including the European Parliament, participated.

Ackerman is co-founder and head of the steering committee of Economics for Equity and Environment ( E3 Network). He was also co-founder and editor of Dollars & Sense.


  • Why do we recycle. Markets, Values ​​, and Public Policy. Iceland Press, 1997.
  • The Political Economy of Inequality ( as editor ). Iceland Press, 2000.
  • Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing ( with Lisa Heinzerling ). New Press, 2004.
  • Poisoned for Pennies: The Economics of Toxics and Precaution. Iceland Press, 2008.
  • Can We Afford the Future? The Economics of a Warming World. Zed Books, 2008.
  • Climate Protection and Development. Bloomsbury Academic, in 2012.
  • Climate Economics: The State of the Art ( with Elizabeth A. Stanton ). Routledge, 2013.