Professor of economics at the University of California, San Diego. He obtained a B.A. degree from Mississippi State University in 1977, an M.A. in international affairs from George Washington University in 1979, and an M.A. in statistics and a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. He is the author or editor of eight books and over a hundred journal articles, and he is the most cited environmental economist in the world, with over 4000 citations to his works. Carson has been a consultant to a number of non-profit organizations, major corporations, and government agencies, including the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Australian Resource Assessment Commission, California Attorney General's Office, California Department of Fish and Game, Electric Power Research Institute, Environment Canada, Interamerican Development Bank, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, OECD, U.K. DEFRA, U.K. MOJ, United Nations, U.S. DOJ, U.S. EPA, and the World Bank. Carson has been a visiting professor at the University of New South Wales, University of Oslo, and the University of Sydney, a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Continuing Consultant at Resources for the Future. He served on the National Academy of Science's Committee on Oil Spill Research and Development and as a member of an Academy committee reviewing procedures for water resource planning procedures. He was Program Chair for the Second World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists.