Keynote Lectures

Professor Robert H. Frank
Cornell University

Robert H. Frank is the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management and the co-director of the Paduano Seminar in business ethics at NYU's Stern School of Business. His "Economic View” column appears monthly in The New York Times. He is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos. He received his B.S. in mathematics from Georgia Tech, then taught math and science for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Nepal. He holds an M.A. in statistics and a Ph.D. in economics, both from the University of California at Berkeley. His papers have appeared in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and other leading professional journals.


Eswaran Somanathan
Indian Statistical Institute

Professor in the Planning Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi
E."Som" Somanathan received a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard in 1995 and taught at Emory University and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor before joining the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, where he is Professor in the Planning Unit. His main research interests are in development economics, particularly environmental problems and political economy, and in the evolution of norms and preferences. His recent papers include "Climate Change: Challenges Facing India's Poor” with Rohini Somanathan, Economic and Political Weekly, 44(31): 51-58, August 1, 2009, and "Decentralization for cost-effective conservation” with R. Prabhakar and B.S. Mehta, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 106(11): 4143-4147, March 17, 2009.


Matthew Kahn
UCLA Institute of the Environment

Matthew E. Kahn is a Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Public Policy. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Before joining the UCLA faculty in January 2007, he taught at Columbia and the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard and Stanford. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is the author of Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment (Brookings Institution Press 2006) and the co-author of Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War (Princeton University Press 2009). His research focuses on environmental, urban, real estate and energy economics.