Ben Groom

Associate Professor of Environment and Development Economics

Department of Geography and Environment 


Tel: [+44] (0)20 7852 3778

Fax: [+44] (0)20 7955 7412

RoomKGS 2.03|, King's Chambers, Portugal Street, LSE

Ben joined the Department in 2012 from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where he was a Senior Lecturer in Economics. He studied Economics at Sheffield University, Environmental and Resource Economics at UCL, and completed his PhD in Economics at UCL in 2005 on empirical and theoretical aspects of social discounting for distant time horizons. He has served as a Consultant for numerous international organisations, including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the WWF. He has also advised government in the UK, USA, China and Pakistan on various aspects of environmental policy.

  • Environmental and development economics, in particular social discounting
  • The microeconomics of deforestation
  • Agricultural technology adoption in West Africa
  • The economics of water

Selected recent publications:

  • Arrow, K., Cropper, M., Gollier, C., Groom, B., Heal, G., Newell, R., Nordhaus, W., Pindyck, R., Pizer, W., Portney, P., Sterner, T., Tol, R. S. J. and Weitzman, M. (2013) Determining benefits and costs for future generations. Science, 341 (6144). pp. 349-350. ISSN 0036-8075




LSE academics provide input to the technical review of the Treasury’s ‘Green Book’|

A workshop entitled “Social Discounting in the UK” has brought together a diverse range of academic opinion and representatives from HM Treasury. Dr Ben Groom of LSE was one of the event's organisers.

The workshop will feed into a review of the Treasury’s ‘Green Book’, which is designed to ensure that public funds are spent on activities that provide the greatest benefits to society, and that they are spent in the most efficient way. Read more|.




Ben Groom