Global Development and Environment Institute (Ofer Abarbanel online library)

The Global Development And Environment Institute (GDAE, pronounced “gee-day”) is a research center at Tufts University founded in 1993. GDAE conducts research and develops teaching materials in economics and related areas that follow an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes ecological, cultural, social, and institutional factors. The Institute has produced more than twenty books and numerous articles, policy documents, and discussion papers. These materials are being used in academic settings, to enhance the teaching of economics and related subjects, and in policy circles, where GDAE researchers are recognized leaders in their fields.

Texts and educational modules developed at GDAE are now being distributed and managed through Boston University’s Economics in Context Initiative. This carries forward the effort to develop a truly “contextual economics” – one that takes full account of humanity’s social and physical environments.

GDAE’s current research and educational efforts are centered in three areas: “Land, Energy, and Climate”, Green Economics, and educational materials in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.  GDAE researchers present their research in a series of policy briefs, working papers, and at numerous conferences. Publications reflecting GDAE’s earlier research in areas such as globalization, trade, and feminist economics are frequently cited and are available for download.


Neva Goodwin and William Moomaw are Co-Directors of GDAE. Other members of the research team are Jonathan M. Harris, Brian Roach and Anne-Marie Codur. Monica Barros is responsible for administration and communications. Gillian Davies, Andrew Tirrell, and David Sussman  are Visiting Scholars at GDAE, and Jeronim Capaldo is a research fellow. Bethany Tietjen and Josephine Watson are GDAE Research Assistants.


GDAE’s research program emphasizes ecological health and the correlation between social and economic well-being. They view economic systems in physical contexts of technology and the natural world, as well as in the social/psychological contexts of history, politics, ethics, culture, institutions, and human motivations.


GDAE has extensive publication record, including the production of the ‘In-Context’ series of textbooks and free teaching modules which are now managed by the Economics in Context Initiative at Boston University.


The textbooks in question include Microeconomics in ContextMacroeconomics in Context, Macroeconomics in Context (European Edition), Principles of Economics in Context, Environmental and Resource Economics and the soon to be published Essentials of Economics in Context.

These textbooks present all the content required of a standard text yet also go beyond this material to offer a more holistic approach to understanding economic processes by integrating aspects of history, institutions, gender, inequality, and the environment.

The texts come with a full set of supplementary materials including instructor resource material with lecture outlines, a test bank of over 2,000 questions, and PowerPoint slides. Detailed student study guides are available for free download.


GDAE has also produced an extensive set of teaching modules that are designed for use as stand-alone supplements in undergraduate or graduate-level courses. These modules are available as free downloadable PDFs.  They range from 25-60 pages, and most include discussion questions and glossary. The teaching modules are designed to allow instructors to easily incorporate the teaching modules into one or more weeks of weeks of semester alongside whatever textbooks they are using.

Frontier Issues in Economic Thought

GDAE produced the six-volume series, Frontier Issues in Economic Thought, which was published by Island Press. The articles that GDAE researchers selected and summarized for this project focus on the limitations of the mainstream economic paradigm and a wide range of creative efforts that have been and are being made to extend economic understanding.

Social Science Library: Frontier Thinking in Sustainable Development and Human Well-being

GDAE has produced an electronic collection of publications that are available for free to universities in 138 nations, with special attention to those institutions that are most in need of library resources. The collection, or the Social Science Library (SSL), contains over 3,400 full-text journal articles, book chapters, reports, and working papers in anthropology, economics, history, philosophy, social psychology, sociology and political science. It also includes full bibliographic references (including abstracts) to more than 6,000 additional articles. The SSL is available upon request to those that qualify for access. For people who are not in the recipient countries, a web-based version, with the 10,000+ bibliographic entries, but without the full text PDFs is available on request.

Leontief Prize

In 2000, GDAE established the Leontief Prize. Named in honor Wassily Leontief, Nobel laureate and member of the GDAE advisory board, the annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to economic theory that address contemporary realities and support just and sustainable societies.[1]

  • 2000 – Amartya Sen and John Kenneth Galbraith
  • 2001 – Herman E. Daly and Paul P. Streeten
  • 2002 – Alice Amsden and Dani Rodrik[2]
  • 2003 – No Award Given
  • 2004 – Robert H. Frank and Nancy Folbre
  • 2005 – Ha-Joon Chang and Richard R. Nelson
  • 2006 – Juliet Schor and Samuel Bowles[3]
  • 2007 – Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Stephen DeCanio[4]
  • 2008 – José Antonio Ocampo and Robert Wade[5]
  • 2009 – No Award Given
  • 2010 – Bina Agarwal and Daniel Kahneman
  • 2011 – Nicholas Stern and Martin Weitzman[6]
  • 2012 – Michael Lipton and C. Peter Timmer[7]
  • 2013 – Albert O. Hirschman and Frances Stewart
  • 2014 – Angus Deaton and James K. Galbraith[8]
  • 2015 – Duncan K. Foley and Lance Taylor[1]
  • 2016 – Amit Bhaduri and Diane Elson[9]
  • 2017 – James Boyce and Joan Martinez Alier
  • 2018 – Mariana Mazzucato and Branko Milanovic


  1. ^ Jump up to:ab “Macroeconomics in the Age of Climate Change”. Tufts Now. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  2. ^“Rodrik named Tufts economics prize recipient: Co-winner of Leontief Prize”. Harvard University Gazette. 24 October 2002. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  3. ^“Leontief Prize awarded to trail-blazing economists”. Tufts Daily. 6 October 2006. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  4. ^Cohen, Georgiana (18 October 2007). “In Pursuit Of A Better Economics”. Tufts E-news. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  5. ^“Looking for New Economic Paths”. tufts Journal. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  6. ^“Weitzman, Stern named Leontief Prize winners”. Tufts Daily. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  7. ^Warsh, David. “Odds and Ends”. Economic Principles. Retrieved 13 January2016.
  8. ^“Angus Deaton Wins 2014 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought”. Princeton University News. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  9. ^“WBG Chair Diane Elson awarded Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought”. Women’s Budget Group. Archived from the original on 16 December 2015. Retrieved 13 January2016.

Ofer Abarbanel online library

Ofer Abarbanel online library

Ofer Abarbanel online library