Photo from Berkeley University on Peter BerckWe mourn the loss of our colleague, good friend, and honorary doctor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Umeå University, Peter Berck. After fighting cancer for some time, Peter sadly passed away on August 10.

Peter was not only an outstanding economist and a compassionate friend and colleague; he was also a wonderful mentor to several generations of PhD-students from Umeå who visited Berkeley. Peter was unique in his way of caring for his friends, colleagues, and students, always generous with his time and in lending a helping hand. It could be anything from helping a student to write a paper to help a colleague and friend to clean out the summerhouse in the autumn; nothing was too small or big. Many of us certainly enjoyed the discussions with Peter, whether it was about economics, the environment, or finding the best coffee or wine. He always took time for discussions and had constructive comments. As co-editor to the Journal of Forest Economics Peter was outstanding. Always keen to handle papers, and always coming up with new ideas of how to improve the Journal, he will certainly be missed. (Click on headline to read more)

Peter Berck was the S.J. Hall Professor of Forest Economics and Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at University of California at Berkeley. He graduated from University of California Berkeley with a degree in mathematics in 1971 and took his Ph. D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976 in economics. He held honorary doctorates from Umeå University and the University of Gothenburg for his important contributions to resource economics. He had over 100 research publications on the economics of the environment, agriculture, forestry and economy-wide impact of regulation.

Peter became honorary doctor at the faculty of social sciences at the Umeå University in 2002. Since then he visited us regularly and contributed actively to research and teaching. It’s hard to think of a more committed honorary doctor. He will be greatly missed.

Peter’s legacy can to some extent be summarized by the term “BERCKonomics”, which his family and friends in Berkeley came up with the last weeks of his life.

BERCKonomics: Bonding over Environment, Resources, Coffee, and Kindness

Our thoughts here in Umeå goes to Peters family. May he rest in peace.


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