Sarah Greene


Sarah Greene received her PhD in Ecological Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008 with research focused on the microeconomic theory and practice of Daniel Kahneman’s concept of Experienced Utility applied to poverty and underdevelopment in Central America.  Dr. Greene’s early education includes an MSc degree from Virginia Tech in Wood Science and Forest Products and a BSc degree from Penn State in Forest Science. Much of her undergraduate and graduate education included research on the trade of forest products and the influence of this trade on political and social relations among communities.  While working as a Fulbright Scholar in Nicaragua, Dr. Greene studied trade of non-timber forest products, especially medicinal plants, and their role in the local sustenance and health outcomes.  Dr. Greene also has work experience in the paper industry, where she was involved in procurement and quality control of raw material and interacted frequently with the highly competitive logging and sawmill firms of central Pennsylvania.Currently, Dr. Greene teaches Principles of Economics, Money and Banking, and Environmental Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she holds the position of Lecturer in Economics.  Research interests include economics education, economic development, markets for forest products and related physical capital and technologies, and international trade of timber and non-timber forest products.  A present focus involves trends in economics education and climate change policy.

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