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Sarah Marsden Greene - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Troy, NY, US

Sarah Marsden Greene

Lecturer, Economics | Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


An economist focused on economics education and ecological economics of climate change policies.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Timber trade

Environmental Economics and Policy

Ecological Economics

Economics Education


Sarah Greene received her PhD in Ecological Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008 with research focused on the microeconomic theory and practice of Daniel Kahneman’s concept of Experienced Utility applied to poverty and underdevelopment in Central America. Dr. Greene’s early education includes an MSc degree from Virginia Tech in Wood Science and Forest Products and a BSc degree from Penn State in Forest Science.

Much of her undergraduate and graduate education included research on the trade of forest products and the influence of this trade on political and social relations among communities. While working as a Fulbright Scholar in Nicaragua, Dr. Greene studied trade of non-timber forest products, especially medicinal plants, and their role in the local sustenance and health outcomes. Dr. Greene also has work experience in the paper industry, where she was involved in procurement and quality control of raw material and interacted frequently with the highly competitive logging and sawmill firms of central Pennsylvania.

Currently, Dr. Greene teaches Principles of Economics, Money and Banking, and Environmental Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she holds the position of Lecturer in Economics.

Research interests include economics education, economic development, markets for forest products and related physical capital and technologies, and international trade of timber and non-timber forest products. A present focus involves trends in economics education and climate change policy.

Education (3)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Ph.D., Ecological Economics

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: M.Sc., Wood Science and Forest Products

The Pennsylvania State University: B.Sc, Forest Science

Media Appearances (5)

Hybrid Courses in the Post-COVID Classroom

Inside Higher Ed  print


Your institution’s attendance expectations may not always jibe with your students’ preferences, Sarah Marsden Greene writes, especially when it comes to large lecture courses.

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How can people improve bad credit

WalletHub  online


For someone who has a poor credit score, the most important thing to do to improve this score is to pay back all debt by its due date. This must be your absolute requirement of yourself. Do not let anything interfere with this. Make sure you mail the payment or order the payment in your bank’s online system with enough days for the payment to be received. You must guarantee yourself that your payments will always be made and received on time.

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Digitalization Could Save The World Economy From Runaway Inflation

International Business Times  print


... “Digitalization represents technological progress which, in general, always benefits society,” says Sarah Greene, Ph.D., lecturer in economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “One of these benefits is a reduction in the cost of producing goods and services. Alone, this would lead to falling consumer prices.” ...

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Higher gas prices fuel EV interest, but cars' costs still a big factor

Albany Times Union  print


... While rising gas prices might be encouraging the consumer to think electric, Marsden thinks car buyers should keep in mind that the engineering and technology involved in building such vehicles are “far more costly” than the gas-guzzling variety. ...

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The US Middle Class Is Changing — What Are the Biggest Obstacles It’s Facing?

GO Banking Rates  online


... “The cost of living is rising and hitting middle class households where their budgets are already stretched (food costs, insurance, college education, energy and housing),” said Sarah Marsden Greene, a lecturer in economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “This drives up the range of income that would classify a household as middle class. Hence, there are many households that 10 years ago would have been solidly middle class but now they have fallen to less than that.” ...

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