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School of Freshwater Sciences assistant professor wins international economics award

UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences assistant professor Dr. Itziar Lazkano received the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Award on August 28. The FEEM Award is given annually to economists under the age of 30 who are addressing key European and global economic issues.


Lazkano (far left in photo) was one of three economists to receive the award at the European Economic Association Conference at the University of Malaga in Spain.

Lazkano received the award for her paper “Intergenerational Externalities and Sustainable Growth,” which explores the effect of contemporary research on future generations. “Inter-generational externalities can distort the demand for clean technologies if the current generation does not sufficiently internalize the benefits of clean technologies for future generations,” Lazkano wrote.

“A common view is that economic growth and high environmental quality can coexist with ongoing technological progress,” Lazkano says. “I examine how intergenerational externalities distort the demand for clean technologies and why this might be critical for sustained economic growth.” In her paper, Lazkano shows that even if research is conducted with concern for the current environment, environmental degradation can occur if researchers don’t take into account the implications for future environments.

Lazkano’s assistant professorship is held jointly with the UWM Department of Economics. She earned her doctorate in economics in 2011 from the University of Calgary, writing on the theoretical relationship between environmental quality and economic growth. FEEM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of sustainable development and global governance.