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Dennis Aigner
  • Title: Professor Emeritus of Management and Economics
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  • Key Research/Interest Areas:
    • Corporate Environmental Management
    • International Economics
    • Trade and Environment
  • Education:
    • PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Brief Bio

Dennis J. Aigner is Emeritus Professor of Management & Economics in the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). From 2000-05, he was Dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. From 1988-97 he was Dean of the Graduate School of Management at UCI. Before that, he was Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Department of Economics at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.  He received his BS and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and holds an MA in Applied Statistics from that same institution.  He was on the teaching faculties at the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin-Madison prior to his appointment at USC in 1976.


Aigner's publication record includes several books and numerous articles on statistical and econometric methodology, and applied economics.  He was founding editor of the Journal of Econometrics and one of its co-editors for 20 years. His research interests include corporate environmental management, international trade, and state and local economic issues.


From 1990-92, Aigner served as Chair of the California Workers’ Compensation Rate Study Commission, whose work culminated in deregulation of the California Workers’ Compensation insurance market beginning in 1995. Within that same period, he also served on the National Research Council’s Committee on the National Energy Modeling System, which conducted a two-year evaluation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s energy modeling and forecasting program.  More recently he concluded service on another National Research Council panel, this time to review the research program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. From 2003-09 he served as a member of the National Advisory Committee to the U.S. EPA Administrator on the environmental aspects of NAFTA.


Aigner’s current research focuses on empirical and theoretical work relating to the linkage between corporate environmental performance and financial performance. For several years he organized a research workshop on behalf of the EPA on “Capital Markets and Environmental Performance” that explored the topic with academic researchers, practitioners, and members of the corporate sector. Most recently, he completed a survey of the top 400 Mexican firms with regard to their sustainability practices, funded by a UC-MEXUS grant.


Selected Publications

  • “Beyond Compliance: Sustainable Business Practices and the Bottom Line” (with J. Hopkins and R. Johansson), American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 85 (2003), pp. 1126-39.
  • “Does Corporate Social Responsibility Have to Be Unprofitable?”, in B. Hay, R. Stavins and R. Vietor (eds.), Environmental Protection and the Social Responsibility of Firms, RFF Press, 2005, pp. 132-36.
  • “The Seeds of Salvation: Doing Well By Doing Good”, Milken Institute Review,  Vol. 11 (2009), pp.44-50.


  • Fulbright Scholar, Belgium, 1970-71
  • Fellow, Econometric Society (elected 1972)
  • H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellow, University of Wisconsin, 1976
  • American Statistical Association Visiting Lecturer in Statistics, 1980-1983
  • Fulbright Scholar, Israel, May 1983
  • Cited in:  Who's Who in Economics (MIT Press) 1982, 1984; (Edward Elgar) 1999. Who's Who in America (Marquis Who's Who, Inc.) 1984- .
  • Albert S. Raubenheimer Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching and Service, USC, l985.
  • Award for Teaching Excellence, Division of Social Sciences and Communications, USC, 1986.
  • Studies in Econometrics in Honor of Dennis J. Aigner, a special issue of the Journal of Econometrics, 1993.
  • Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Award for University Service, UCI, 1996.
  • Bren Fellow in Business Management, UC Santa Barbara, 1998-2005
  • Distinguished Research Award, Argyros School of Business & Economics, Chapman University, 1999
  • International Professor in Environmental Management and Strategy, Graduate School of Business Administration and Leadership, Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico), 2001-08
  • Distinguished Research Fellow, UCLA Institute for the Environment, 2004-05
  • Alumnus of the Year, College of  Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, 2010
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, EGADE Business School, Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico City.