Environmental Markets Lab (emLab)

A think-and-do tank for market-based approaches to environmental challenges

The Environmental Markets Lab (emLab) is an interdisciplinary team of scientists based at the University of California Santa Barbara that conducts cutting-edge, data-driven research on the power, limitations, and design of market-based approaches to tackle the world's most pressing environmental problems. In collaboration with implementing partners, we aim to better align environmental objectives and economic incentives in support of sustainable livelihoods and a resilient planet. 

Our Programs

Leveraging our diverse expertise, we generate timely insights into effective and equitable solutions for Climate & Energy, Land & Freshwater, Ocean & Fisheries, and People & Poverty.

emLab Blog: Our 2 Cents

Climate & Energy, General
Ocean & Fisheries
Christopher Free & Willow Battista
Kelsey Jack & Antony Millner



Toward a low-carbon transition in India

Deshmukh and Chatterjee 2022, Science Magazine

Multiple price lists for willingness to pay elicitation

Jack, McDermott, and Sautmann 2022, NBER

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