Faye Duchin

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Faye Duchin
Born Bayonne, NJ
Nationality USA
Institution Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute
Field Industrial Ecology
School or
tradition
New Institutional School
Alma mater University of California
Influences Wassily Leontief
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Faye Duchin (/ˈdjn/; born 1944) is an American Computer Scientist and Professor of Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ("RPI"), where she was the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences from 1996 to 2002.[1] She is active in the fields of ecological economics and industrial ecology and employs Input-Output Analysis in her work. Her faculty page at RPI states that she is "concerned with ways of achieving economic development while avoiding environmental disasters."

Biography[edit]

Faye Duchin was raised in a "very conventional setting" in Bayonne, New Jersey. She attended Cornell University, earning a BA in Experimental Psychology in 1965 [1][2][3] and in 1973 completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science at UC Berkeley with a dissertation on the newly passed Rent Control law in Berkeley.[2][3]

From 1977–1996, Duchin was on the faculty at New York University, where she worked for Nobel Laureate Wassily Leontief on input-output economics.[2] In 1985, she became Director of the NYU Institute for Economic Analysis, a position she held until 1996[4] when she left to become Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2002, Duchin resigned as Dean.

Professional affiliations[edit]

Duchin served as president of the International Input-Output Association[5] from 2004 to 2006,[6] and is a former Vice President of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE). She is a member of the editorial boards of various journals, including the journal of Industrial Ecology, having held this position since the journal's founding in 1997.[6][7] was one of the founders and a managing editor of the journal Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, She is author or co-author of thirty-three works published between 1973 and 2005.[8]

Scholarly contributions[edit]

Duchin has stated that she examines factors that could "make a difference in satisfying major global imperatives."[9] She has examined technological change, lifestyle change, quality of life, income distribution, consumption, international trade, natural resource use and environmental degradation using input-output models. She calls her work "problem-oriented rather than discipline- or technique-oriented" and has used an interdisciplinary approach to study sustainability. She claims to study physical realities and constraints, not just monetary values, by using process and engineering data to model technology and resource use.

Duchin's RPI web page describes her research agenda:

"Based on the results of my empirical studies, I became convinced of the need for changes not only in technologies but also in household lifestyles, in particular household decisions regarding diet, housing and transportation. The plausibility and implications of such scenarios need to be explored in a global framework, and I have developed a new model of the world economy for this purpose."[10]

Duchin's recent work focuses on industrial ecology, continuing work she began in the early 1990s. Her 1994 book begins with the question, "Can technology ensure environmentally sound economic development?"[9] The book uses quantitative analysis of empirical data and discusses alternative scenarios for the future.

Publications[edit]

  • 1983: Military Spending: Facts and Figures, Worldwide Implications and Future Outlook with Wassily Leontief[11]
  • 1986: The Future Impact of Automation on Workers with Wassily Leontief[12]
  • 1994: The Future of the Environment: Ecological Economics and Technological Change with Glenn-Marie Lange[9]
  • 1998: Structural Economics: Measuring Change in Technology, Lifestyles, and the Environment[13]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Faye Duchin, Professor of Economics". Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b c Lutzky, Raymond (2001-11-14). "Dean Duchin has varied background". The Polytechnic. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  3. ^ a b "People – Department of Economics". Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  4. ^ "CV". Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Who we are". International Input-Output Association. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  6. ^ a b Duchin, Faye. "Activities". Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  7. ^ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1530-9290/homepage/EditorialBoard.html
  8. ^ "Scientific Commons: Faye Duchin". ScientificCommons.org. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  9. ^ a b c "Amazon.com: The Future of the Environment: Ecological Economics and Technological Change: Faye Duchin, Glenn-Marie Lange: Books". Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  10. ^ Duchin faculty web page at RPI
  11. ^ "Publications". Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  12. ^ "Amazon.com: The Future Impact of Automation on Workers: Wassily Leontief, Faye Duchin: Books". Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  13. ^ "Amazon.com: Structural Economics: Measuring Change in Technology, Lifestyles, and the Environment: Faye Duchin: Books". Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 

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