Lynne Y. Lewis

Elmer W. Campbell Professor of Economics




Lynne Lewis received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado after a two-year dissertation fellowship at the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Her dissertation on interstate water allocation received the Universities Council on Water Resources Dissertation Award. Prior to coming to Bates, she served on the faculty at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Her research has covered topics including valuation of ecosystem services and environmental amenities, water allocation and water pricing, and research on teaching environmental economics including climate change. She is currently working with and the national park service to estimate the value of iconic mammals including brown bears. Other current work includes estimating the economic impact and benefits of small dam removals and new research focuses on building coastal resilience in the face of sea level rise as well as examining economic resilience and capacity building in the face of rapid glacier melt.

Lewis also co-authors the popular Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Environmental Economics and Policy textbooks with Tom Tietenberg. The 12th edition of  Environmental and Natural Resource Economics is forthcoming in 2022.

She currently serves on the Board of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economics where she is currently helping organize a new mentoring program focused on enhancing diversity of AERE. In 2020 she served as a lead reporter for a new show called, Anything but Dismal, a youtube series highlighting diverse economists solving problems related to covid.

Lewis’s teaching areas include microeconomics, environmental economics, natural resource economics and the economics of climate change and climate change policy. She has also been exploring pedogocial innovations  for interdisciplinary teaching on climate change adaptation. In 2019, she co-taught a partially off-campus experiential course entitled, “In Search of Higher Ground: Sea Level Rise and the Future of the Eastern Seaboard.” Part of that course included a 2-week trip from Maine to North Carolina to learn how different communities (including the U.S. Navy and the Outer Banks) are adapting to sea level rise.


Ph.D. in Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder

Fields of Interest:
Natural Resource and Environmental Economics

Tietenberg and Lewis Textbooks:

– Environmental Economics and Policy, 7th Edition




Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, 11th Edition



Selected Publications:

Lynne Lewis and Tom Tietenberg. Environmental Economics and Policy, 7th Edition. Routledge, January 2020.

“Rethinking Hydropower:: The Economics and Politics of Privately Owned Hydropower in the United States” 2020., Oxford Encyclopedia of Water Resources Management and Policy.

Timothy C. Haab, Lynne Y. Lewis and John C. Whitehead, “State of the Art of Contingent Valuation,” Revision Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science Haab, T., Lewis, L., & Whitehead, J. (2020). State of the Art of Contingent Valuation. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science.

“River Restoration and Hedonic Property Value Analyses: Guidance for Effective Benefit Transfer.” With Craig Landry. Water Resources and Economics. Vol 85. 13-Apr-2017 DOI information: 10.1016/j.wre.2017.02.001