Geoffrey Heal
Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility and Professor of Finance and Economics at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University

Geoffrey Heal participated in the World Leaders Forum event, Corporate Social Responsibility: Labor Relations in Emerging Markets, in April 2007.

Geoffrey Heal is Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility and Professor of Finance and Economics at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. He also serves as Director of The Earth Institute's Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development. He studied physics and economics at Cambridge University, from which he obtained a first class honors BA and a Doctorate. He taught at Cambridge as a fellow of Christ's College, and subsequently at Sussex and Essex Universities in the UK, at the Universities of Paris and Stockholm, and in the US at Yale, Stanford and Princeton. Heal is a Director of the Union of Concerned Scientists, of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, and of the Beijer Institute of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and was a Commissioner of the Pew Oceans Commission and a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board Committee on the Valuing the Preservation of Ecosystem Services.

Heal was managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies, acted as an associate editor of many other journals, and published fifteen books and over one hundred articles. His books include Economic Theory and Exhaustible Resources, Public Policy and the Tax System, The Evolving International Economy, Oil and the International Economy, Topological Social Choice, The Economics of Increasing Returns, Environmental Markets, Valuing the Future and Nature and the Marketplace. He acted as Senior vice dean of Columbia Business School from 1991 to 1994 and is a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, of which he is a former President and from which he received the 2003 Prize for a Publication of Enduring Quality. He chaired the National Academy of Science's Committee on the Valuation of Ecosystem Services.

Heal was a founder of a London-based economic consulting company and also of FITEL, a company providing computer-based services to the international securities industry. He has acted as a consultant to the British and American governments, to the World Bank and other international agencies, and to trade unions and major corporations.

Heal's current research interests reach from financial markets, where he studies the role of derivatives and the securitization of catastrophic risks, to environmental conservation, where he studies the use of market-based incentives for conservation of forests and biodiversity. He is particularly interested in the interface between economics and ecology, and the extent to which profit-oriented companies can contribute to the solution of social and environmental problems. Heal's latest books, Valuing the Future and Nature and the Marketplace, attempt to develop an economic framework for thinking rigorously about sustainability and the issues for which it has become a metaphor.

Participated In

Corporate Social Responsibility: Labor Relations in Emerging Markets

Date: April 17, 2007 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall
Leaders from the corporate sector, academia, civil society
and the media exchange ideas about the treatment of workers in developing
countries. In partnership with The Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business, Columbia Business School