About Faye Duchin

I am a Professor in the Department of Economics with a dual appointment in the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). I served as Dean of RPI’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences from 1996 to 2002.

From 1977 through 1996, I was on the research faculty at New York University, where I collaborated with Wassily Leontief on several long-term projects about the future of the world economy and of the U.S. economy using input-output models and databases. In 1985, I succeeded Leontief as Director of the NYU Institute for Economic Analysis, a position I held until 1996 when I moved to RPI. I have a B.A. in psychology from Cornell University and in 1973 completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, with a dissertation on the economic implications of the city’s newly-passed rent control legislation. From 1974-77 I worked at Mathematica Policy Research in the Economics unit.

My research examines prospects for achieving sustainable economic development with recent emphasis on water and on public infrastructure more generally.  Over several decades I have extended the theoretical basis and conceptual reach of the standard input-output model in a variety of ways.  I have collaborated with economists, engineers, and industrial ecologists to formulate scenarios, analyze their implications, and to broaden and deepen the empirical content of the associated databases.

I served as President of the International Input-Output Association (IIOA) from 2004 to 2006, and as Vice President of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE). I have been 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. I was one of the founders and a managing editor of the journal Structural Change and Economic Dynamics. I have authored or co-authored several dozen journal articles and four books, including The Future Impact of Automation on Workers (with W. Leontief) and The Future of the Environment (with G.-M. Lange).


Long-term collaborators

Postdoctoral researchers

  • Karim Nauphal (Research fellow 1996-98)
  • Ignacio Cazcarro (Postdoctoral fellow 2011-13)
  • Naci Dilekli (Postdoctoral fellow 2011-14)

Dissertations supervised

  • Roxana Julia, PhD 2004, Adapting to Climate Change: Global Agriculture and Trade.
  • Lining He, PhD 2007, Development Strategies for the West of China.
  • Carlos López Morales, PhD 2010, Policies and Technologies for a Sustainable Use of Water in Mexico: A Scenario Analysis.
  • Nat Springer, PhD 2011, The Future of Agriculture: Assuring an Adequate Food Supply in a Resource-Constrained World.
  • Liliana Martinez, PhD 2014, Interventions that Assist the Working Poor. 

CV and Publication list

Short curriculum vitae
Full publication list


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