Barry D. Solomon

Barry D. Solomon
"Economics is too important to leave to economists."


  • Professor Emeritus of Geography and Environmental Policy
  • PhD, Indiana University, 1983
  • MPA, Indiana University, 1979
  • B.A., University of California at Irvine, 1977


I have spent over 10 years working in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, and also taught at West Virginia University, before coming to Michigan Tech in 1995. I have taken sabbatical leaves at University of California (2 campuses) and University of Gothenburg in Sweden. My main research interests are energy policy (especially renewable energy development), economic incentives for environmental protection, air pollution control, and global climate change. I am the founder and past president of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics and I consult for United Nations Environment Programme and the United States Academic Decathlon.

Area of Expertise

  • Energy Policy
  • Renewable Energy Development
  • Ecological Economics
  • Emissions Trading
  • Geography of Energy