Simon Dietz is an environmental economist with particular interests in climate change and sustainable development. He has published research on a wide range of issues and works with governments, businesses and NGOs on topics of shared interest, such as carbon pricing, institutional investment, and insurance. Simon is based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he is Professor of Environmental Policy in the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and the Department of Geography and Environment. He is also a CESifo Research Network Fellow, a Principal consultant at Vivid Economics, co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, a member of the Council of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and research lead for the Transition Pathway Initiative.

Selected recent publications

“Pricing ambiguity in catastrophe risk insurance” (with Falk Niehoerster), Geneva Risk and Insurance Review, (download)

“The endowment effect, discounting and the environment” (with Frank Venmans), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management97, 67-91, 2019 (download)

“Cumulative carbon emissions and economic policy: in search of general principles” (with Frank Venmans), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 96, 108-129, 2019 (download)

“Ambiguity and insurance: capital requirements and premiums” (with Oliver Walker), Journal of Risk and Insurance, 86(1), 213-235, 2019 (link to journal) (download accepted version)

“An assessment of climate action by high-carbon global corporations” (with Charles Fruitiere, Carlota Garcia-Manas, William Irwin, Bruno Rauis and Rory Sullivan), Nature Climate Change8, 1072-175, 2018 (download)

“The economics of 1.5°C climate change” (with Alex Bowen, Baran Doda, Ajay Gambhir and Rachel Warren), Annual Review of Environment and Resources43, 18.1-18.26, 2018 (download)

“Economic growth and agricultural land conversion under uncertain productivity improvements in agriculture” (with Bruno Lanz and Tim Swanson), American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 100(2), 545–569, 2018 (download)

“The climate beta” (with Christian Gollier and Louise Kessler), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management87, 258-274, 2018 (download)

“The expansion of modern agriculture and global biodiversity decline: an integrated assessment” (with Bruno Lanz and Tim Swanson), Ecological Economics144, 260-277, 2018 (link to journal) (download accepted version)

“Global population growth, technology, and Malthusian constraints: a quantitative growth theoretic perspective” (with Bruno Lanz and Tim Swanson), International Economic Review58(3), 973-1006, 2017 (link to journal) (download accepted version)

“The risk of climate ruin” (with Oliver Bettis and Nick Silver), Climatic Change140(2), 109-118, 2017 (download)

“Domestic politics and the formation of international environmental agreements” (with Carmen Marchiori and Alessandro Tavoni), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management81, 115-131, 2017 (download)