James E. Neumann
Jim Neumann (he/him) specializes in the economics of climate change and air pollution regulation. He is coeditor, with Robert Mendelsohn, of The Impact of Climate Change on the United States Economy (Cambridge University Press, 1999), an integrated analysis of economic welfare impacts in the agriculture, water resources, forestry, coastal structures, commercial and residential energy use, recreation, and commercial fishing sectors, and lead or co-author of more than 25 other peer-reviewed publications.
He also specializes in the economics of climate change adaptation and, within that area, analysis of the impacts of sea level rise; in recognition of this expertise, he was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II chapter on the Economics of Adaptation and the U.S. National Climate Assessment’s Coastal chapter. His recent work includes applying risk management approaches to quantify the multi-sector economic benefits of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies (see www.epa.gov/CIRA and IEc’s page on the Benefits of Global Action), assessing climate change impacts to socially vulnerable groups and to children, and development of air quality management plans in global megacities (e.g., Accra, Ghana and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). He co-directed, with IEc Senior Associate Jackie Willwerth, IEc’s support of the 2022 Massachusetts Climate Assessment, a statewide analysis detailing how Massachusetts people, environments, and infrastructure may be affected by climate change and related hazards through the end of the century. Jim was also the primary extramural coordinator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark analysis, The Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act from 1990 to 2020, a comprehensive and exhaustively peer-reviewed economic analysis of all aspects of the Clean Air Act, completed in 2011.
Jim holds a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from Williams College, and a M.P.A. in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.