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 co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Vice President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, a CESifo Research Network Fellow, a Principal consultant at Vivid Economics, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Food Systems Economics Commissioner, and research lead for the Transition Pathway Initiative. Simon was not born in 1950, despite what Google says (not that there is anything wrong with being >70).


Selected recent publications

“How ambitious are oil and gas companies’ climate goals?” (with Dan Gardiner, Valentin Jahn and Jolien Noels), Science374(6566), 405-408, 2021 (link to journal)

“Strategic decarbonisation options for the UK” (with Sam Fankhauser), in Francesco Caselli, Alexander Ludwig and Rick van der Ploeg (eds.) No Brainers and Low-Hanging Fruit in National Climate Policy, London: CEPR Press, 2021 (download)

“Economic impacts of tipping points in the climate system” (with James Rising, Thomas Stoerk and Gernot Wagner), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences118(34), e2103081118, 2021 (link to journal)

“Are economists getting climate dynamics right and does it matter?” (with Rick van der Ploeg, Armon Rezai and Frank Venmans), Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists8(5), 895-921, 2021 (link to journal)

“Eight priorities for calculating the social cost of carbon (with Gernot Wagner, David Anthoff, Maureen Cropper, Kenneth Gillingham, Ben Groom, Paul Kelleher, Frances Moore and James Stock), Nature590, 548-550, 2021 (link to journal)

“Pricing ambiguity in catastrophe risk insurance” (with Falk Niehoerster), Geneva Risk and Insurance Review, 46(2), 112-132, 2021 (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)

“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)