Water Economics and Policy Professor Named 2015 AAEA Fellow

Ariel Dinar honored for body of research on water pricing, institutions, management, and leadership

Ariel Dinar

Ariel Dinar has been named a 2015 Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Ariel Dinar, professor of environmental economics and policy at the University of California, Riverside School of Public Policy, has been named a 2015 Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), the organization’s most prestigious honor.

Founded in 1910 as the American Farm Management Association, the AAEA is a professional organization of scholars and policy-makers who use economic tools to address agricultural, developmental, environmental, food and consumer, natural resource, regional, rural, and related economics and business issues. Members work for academic institutions, government agencies, nongovernmental agencies, think tanks, and the private sector.

“Ariel Dinar is known internationally as an expert on the economics of water, and his recognition by the AAEA is well-deserved,” said Anil Deolalikar, founding dean of the UCR School of Public Policy, where Dinar teaches. “His research on water pricing, water institutions, water quality control, water management modeling, agriculture and climate change, agricultural extension, and regional cooperation in water management has influenced policy changes at the local, state and national levels. We are delighted that the AAEA has recognized him for this well-deserved honor.”

Dinar said the ultimate goal of his research is to better understand the tradeoff between various policy interventions and which societal objectives could be achieved at the expense of others.

“In the field of water economics, we are just starting to understand the relationships between the different water consuming sectors, and the direct and indirect effects of various water and non-water policies on the entire economy,” he said. “However, understanding economy-wide effects of water scarcity and policies to address it are still a challenge left to be achieved.”

According to the AAEA, the primary consideration for the selection of Fellows is “continuous contribution to the advancement of agricultural or applied economics as defined by the Vision Statement. Achievements may be in research, teaching, extension, administration, and/or other contributions to public or private sector decision-making.”

Dinar joined UCR in 2008 as a professor of environmental economics and policy and was the founding director of the Water Science and Policy Center at UCR and served at that capacity until June 2014. He has published nearly 150 technical journal papers, edited or authored 23 books and textbooks, and written 42 book chapters. He is a frequent invited/keynote speaker to national and international conferences. He has supervised nine graduate students and four postdoctoral fellows as primary mentor and often serves on external examining committees domestically and internationally.

Among his most important contributions in recent years, the AAEA said, are the founding and editing of two journals, Strategic Behavior and the Environment and Water Economics and Policy; a book series “Global Issues in Water Policy” (Springer); and a reference book set, The WSPC Reference of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy in the Era of Global Change (World Scientific).

“Known internationally from his work on water policy in developed and developing countries during his tenure at the World Bank, he established many connections with water policy makers and helped shape policy reforms in their countries,” the AAEA Fellows selection committee said. Committee members also noted his service on the advisory boards of several international research and policy bodies and on the editorial boards of several journals, including the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. He is one of six economists named 2015 AAEA Fellows.  They will receive their honor at the 2015 AAEA and Western Agricultural Economics Association Joint Annual Meeting in San Francisco July 26-28.

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