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DISTINGUISHED ECONOMIST MAUREEN CROPPER TO REJOIN RFF AS A SENIOR FELLOW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2008
CONTACT: RFF Office of Communications, 202-328-5026


WASHINGTON – Maureen L. Cropper, a professor of economics at the University of Maryland and a former lead economist at the World Bank, will become a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future this month – returning to a position she previously held from 1990 to 1993.

Cropper has made major contributions to environmental policy through her research, teaching, and public service. Her research has focused on valuing environmental amenities, estimating consumer preferences for health and longevity improvements, and the tradeoffs implicit in environmental regulations. At the World Bank, her work focused on improving policy choices in developing countries through studies of deforestation, road safety, urban slums, and health valuation. 

“Dr. Cropper is recognized as one of this nation’s outstanding environmental economists, and we are delighted that she will rejoin our staff,” said RFF President Phil Sharp. “In addition to her superb research output, she will be an exemplary mentor to our younger scholars.”

In accepting her new position, Cropper resigned as a member of the RFF Board of Directors, where she had served since 2003, as well as her appointment as an RFF University Fellow. She will retain her position as economics professor at the University of Maryland.

From 1995 to 1996, Cropper was president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Since 1994, she has served on the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board, where she chaired the Advisory Council for Clean Air Act Compliance Analysis and the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee. She is an NBER Research Associate and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. 

Cropper is a summa cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College and received her Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University in 1973.

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