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John Dixon


Former Lead Environmental Economist, World Bank



  • John A. Dixon was Lead Environmental Economist at the World Bank Institute (WBIEN) in Washington DC where he led the Environmental Management Team before retiring in December 2002 and returning to Hawaii.
  • From 1981 to 1990 he was at the Environment and Policy Institute, East-West Center, Honolulu, and joined the World Bank in 1990 and moved to Washington DC.
  • He has extensive field experience in East and Southeast Asia and Latin America; his research and writing focus on applied economic analysis of environmental impacts, parks and protected areas (both terrestrial and marine), coral reefs and related coastal resources, natural resources management, and environmental indicators.
  • He was a member of the core team that prepared the 1992 World Development Report, Development and the Environment.
  • His undergraduate degrees are in Economics and Chinese from UC Berkeley, and his MA and Ph.D. in Economics are from Harvard University.
  • He has published many books and articles on these themes and speaks and teaches widely on the application of environmental economics to environmental issues.
  • His most recent books are Economic Analysis of Environmental Impacts (with L.F. Scura, R.A. Carpenter and P.B. Sherman) published by Earthscan Publications, London, 1995, and Economic Analysis of Investment Operations (Belli et al.) published by the World Bank, Washington, 2001.
  • He also led the team in preparing Expanding the Measure of Wealth: Indicators of Environmentally Sustainable Development (1997) and Five Years After Rio: Innovations in Environment Policy (1997).