Allen V. Kneese

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Professor Allen Kneese

"Allan Kneese has equally impressive research accomplishments concerning the quality dimensions of environmental resources. His work focused on the interaction between the physical characteristics of production technologies and the generation of pollutants leading to environmental externalities. Kneese concentrated his research on management problems for water resources, while Krutilla’s focus is on investment.

"Allen was the first to integrate in a truly meaningful way in environmental analysis the physical, natural, and social sciences, anticipating by at least 25 years the development of ecological economics.

"Kneese’s path-breaking book, The Economics of Regional Water Quality Management, from 1964, documented for the first time the interaction between economic and physical considerations in managing the effluent loads of a water system." [1]

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  1. Pioneers during a time when nobody worried about the cost, Volvo Environment Prize, accessed October 6, 2009.