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DATE: March 5, 2002
CONTACT:Craig Cheslog (510-444-3041)


OAKLAND, Calif.—Redefining Progress announced today that Stephen J. DeCanio, a professor of economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has joined the organization's Board of Directors.

"Dr. DeCanio's expertise on economic and climate change issues has been an invaluable asset to Redefining Progress' research into market-based fair and low-cost climate change solutions," said Redefining Progress Chair of the Board Rosemary Fei. "We are grateful that RP will continue to benefit from his insights on these increasingly vital issues, and that he will be lending his energy to the broader governance of Redefining Progress."

"Stephen has been an incredible resource for RP over the last few years. His expertise on the economics of the world's environmental problems, and strategies for making a difference will be critical to program development in the next few years," said Redefining Progress Executive Director Michel Gelobter.

DeCanio served as senior staff economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers under former President Ronald Reagan (1986-87). He has been a member of the Economic Options Panel convened by the United Nations Environment Program to review economic aspects of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

DeCanio was one of the recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award in 1996. His research areas include global environmental protection, organizational behavior, and economic history. He has testified about climate policy before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science's Subcommittee on Energy and Environment and contributed to the recent U.S. Department of Energy study, Scenarios for a Clean Energy Future.

DeCanio was a Redefining Progress Research Fellow during 1997-98. He also was one of the coordinators of the 1997 "Economists' Statement on Climate Change" which argued that market-based policies could allow the United States to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions without harming the economy. More than 2,500 economists signed the statement prior to the Kyoto negotiations.

DeCanio received his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972, and taught at Yale University from 1972-1978 before moving to UC-Santa Barbara.