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James Boyce

Professor Emeritus

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Research and Background

James K. Boyce received his Ph.D. in economics from Oxford University. He is the author of Investing in Peace: Aid and Conditionality After Civil Wars (Oxford University Press 2002), The Political Economy of the Environment (Edward Elgar 2002), The Philippines: The Political Economy of Growth and Impoverishment in the Marcos Era  (Macmillan 1993), and Agrarian Impasse in Bengal: Institutional Constraints to Technological Change  (Oxford University Press 1987), and co-author of A Quiet Violence: View From a Bangladesh Village (with Betsy Hartmann, Zed Press 1983). He is the co-editor of Natural Assets: Democratizing Environmental Ownership  (with Barry Shelley, Island Press 2003) and editor of Economic Policy for Building Peace: The Lessons of El Salvador (Lynne Rienner 1996). Professor Boyce's current work focuses on strategies for combining poverty reduction with environmental protection, and on the relationship between economic policies and issues of war and peace.

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James Boyce
306 Gordon Hall, UMass,
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003


Development economics and environmental economics, with particular interests in the impacts of inequalities of wealth and power and the dynamics of conflict.


D.Phil., M.A., Oxford University, 1985; B.A. (Honors), Yale University, 1973


Selected Publications:

Economics, the Environment, and Our Common Wealth. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2013.

Africa's Odious Debts: How Foreign Loans and Capital Flight Bled a Continent (with Léonce Ndikumana). London: Zed Books, 2011.

Peace and the Public Purse: Economic Policies for Postwar Statebuilding (editor, with Madalene O'Donnell). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2007.

Reclaiming Nature: Environmental Justice and Ecological Restoration (editor, with Sunita Narain and Elizabeth A. Stanton). London: Anthem Press, 2007.

Natural Assets: Democratizing Environmental Ownership (co-editor with Barry G. Shelley). Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2003.

Investing in Peace: Aid and Conditionality after Civil Wars. International Institute for Strategic Studies Adelphi Paper 351. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

The Political Economy of the Environment. Cheltenham, U.K. and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2002.

Economic Policy for Building Peace: The Lessons of El Salvador (editor). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 1996. Revised edition published in Spanish as Ajuste Hacia La Paz: La politica economica de posguerra en El Salvador, Mexico City: Plaza y Valdes, 1999.

The Philippines: The Political Economy of Growth and Impoverishment in the Marcos Era. London: Macmillan; Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press; Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press. Published in conjunction with the OECD Development Centre's Research Programme on Alternative Development Strategies, 1993.

Agrarian Impasse in Bengal: Institutional Constraints to Technological Change. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. Winner of the 1990 Edgar Graham Book Prize.

A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village (with Betsy Hartmann). London: Zed Press; Delhi: Oxford University Press; San Francisco: Institute for Food and Development Policy; and Dhaka: University Press Limited, 1983.

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