Martin Lawrence "Marty" Weitzman passed away on August 27th. He was one of the invited keynote speakers to the Journées LAGV in 2017, the international conference in public economics organized by AMSE.
Born on April 1, 1942, he was an American Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a great specialist of the climate change. Before being professor at Harvard, he was on the faculties of MIT and Yale. He has served as consultant for several well-known organizations, such as The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Agency for International Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Congressional Budget Office, the Canadian Parliamentary Committee on Employment, the Icelandic Committee on Natural Resources, the National Academy Panel on Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
He has published widely in many leading economic journals and written three books. Weitzman's interests in economics are broad, ranging over the years from macroeconomics, industrial organization, labor economics and environmental economics. In this last topic, he has covered topics such as climate change, the economics of catastrophes, cost-benefit analysis, long-run discounting, green accounting, and comparison of alternative instruments for controlling pollution.
He has had editorial responsibilities in several prestigious scientific journals, in particular the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.
He received noticeable scientific distinctions: fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The theme of his keynote lecture at the 2017 Journées LAGV was entitled "On a World Climate Assembly and the Social Cost of Carbon”.
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