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University of Colorado
Director, Environment & Behavior Program
Department of Economics
Economics, Environment & Behavior


Charles W. Howe, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Colorado--Boulder and director emeritus and currently faculty research associate at the Environment and Behavior Program, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado--Boulder, has focused his research on environmental and natural resource economics with emphasis on water resources, including water resources development, water rights, and river basin and watershed management. Howe was born in Dayton, Ohio, on March 28, 1931. He received his B.A. in Economics from Rice University in 1952, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University, in 1955 and 1959 respectively. Howe taught at Purdue University between 1958 and 1964 and then moved to the Water Resources Program at the Resources for the Future. He began his work at the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1970 and served as chairman of the Economics Department from 1972--1976. He frequently contributed his expertise in water issues as a consultant in the United States and overseas. Howe provided assistance and testimony in two legal cases documented here, El Paso v. New Mexico and the Pecos River Compact ( Texas v. New Mexico). He also consulted on a number of international projects, including those in Gambia, Botswana, and Kenya and Senegal. Howe married JoAnne Blanke in 1952, and they have four children.