Arthur Small is an economist and decision scientist specializing in environmental economics and environmental risk management. Following an academic career including faculty appointments at Columbia University and Penn State University, he currently works in the private sector. His textbook on environmental economics is based on lecture notes for courses he taught to undergraduate and masters students at Columbia.
Small's research has appeared in academic journals in both economics and earth sciences, including Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Geophysical Research -- Atmospheres, and Monthly Weather Review. In 2000 his co-authored work was cited for the Quality of Research Discovery Award by the American Agricultural Economics Association. His public service work includes roles as an external reviewer and workshop organizers for institutions including the U.S. National Academy of Science, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2009-2010, in the wake of the global financial crisis, he helped to found The Committee to Establish the National Institute of Finance, an effort that led to the establishment of a new Office of Financial Research within the U.S Department of the Treasury.
Dr. Small’s academic credentials include a B.A. in Mathematics from Columbia University, an M.S. in Mathematics from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He currently lives in State College, Pennsylvania.