University of California, Riverside

Environmental Sciences

Ariel Dinar

Ariel Dinar

Ariel Dinar Photo

Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy

Academic Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Agricultural & Natural Resource Economics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1984
  • M.Sc. Agricultural & Natural Resource Economics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1974
  • B.Sc. Agricultural & Natural Resource Economics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1972


  • Water and Environmental Economics
  • Water Policy
  • Climate Change
  • Regional Cooperation
  • Cooperative Game Theory
  • Economics of Extension

Research Group:

    Representative Publications:

    • Mendelsohn, R. and A. Dinar, Climate Change and Agriculture: An Economic Analysis of Global Impacts, Adaptation, and Distributional Effects. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2009.
    • Garrido, A. and A. Dinar (Eds.), Mountains, Valleys and Flood Plains: Managing Water Resources in a Time of Global Change. London: Routledge 2009.
    • Dinar, A. and J. Albiac (Eds.), Policy and Strategic Behaviour in Water Resource Management. EarthScan 2009.
    • Wang, J., R. Mendelsohn, A. Dinar, J. Huang, S. Rozelle, and L. Zhang, The Impact of Climate Change on China’s Agriculture, Agricultural Economics 40(3), 2009.
    • Maria-Saleth, R. and A. Dinar, Linkages within Institutional Structure: An Empirical Analysis of Water Institutions, Journal of Institutional Economics, 4(3):375-401, 2008.
    • Diao, X., A. Dinar, T. Roe and Y. Tsur, A General Equilibrium Analysis of Conjunctive Ground and Surface Water Use with an Application to Morocco, Agricultural Economics 38:117-135, 2008.
    • Dinar, A., K. Kemper, W. Blomquist and P. Kurukulasuriya, Whitewater: Process and Performance of Decentralization Reform of River Basin Water Resource Management, Journal of Policy Modeling, 29(6):851-867, 2007.

    Courses Taught:

    • ECON/ENSC006 – Introduction to Environmental Economics
    • ENSC/ECON 143B – Natural Resource Economics
    • ECON 210E – Political Economy of Environmental Policy
    • GBST130 – Management of International Water

    Graduate Program and Track Affiliations:

    Honors and Awards

    • 1997 Best Article of the Year in the Agriculture and Resource Economics Review. Dinar, A. and A. Wolf, "Economic and Political Considerations in Regional Cooperation Models".
    • Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, Teaching assignment, University of Economics, Prague, The Czech Republic, 2002.


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    University of California, Riverside
    900 University Ave.
    Riverside, CA 92521
    Tel: (951) 827-1012

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    Environmental Sciences
    Geology 2258

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