“The gifts of Nature may be free, but securing them for the benefit of all is not.”

—The Case for Carbon Dividends (2019)

“It’s time to raise a new banner: Grow the good and shrink the bad.”

—Economics for People and the Planet (2019)

“To say that something is not inevitable is not to say that it is impossible.”

—Economics, the Environment and Our Common Wealth (2013)

“Debt relief can treat the symptoms, but not the disease.”

—Africa’s Odious Debts (2011)

“While to most people scarcity means suffering, to others it means profit.”

—A Quiet Violence (1983)


James K. Boyce is an author, economist, and emeritus professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he is also a senior fellow at the Political Economy Research Institute.

Jim grew up in Michigan. He received his B.A. at Yale University and doctorate from Oxford University. He has written for Harper’s, Scientific American, Politico, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous scholarly journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Ecological Economics, Environmental Research Letters, and Climatic Change. He is the recipient of the 2017 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and the 2011 Fair Sharing of the Common Heritage Award from Project Censored and the Media Freedom Foundation.



“Political economy is about the allocation of scarce resources not only among competing ends, but also among competing people.”

—The Political Economy of the Environment (2002)