Joseph Henry Vogel

Professor of Economics, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

Joseph Henry Vogel is Professor of Economics at the University of Puerto-Río Piedras and has been a sponsored lecturer at over 250 venues worldwide. He has served as a technical advisor on the Ecuadorian delegation to the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological  Diversity (CBD) and the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC).  Since launching Genes for Sale (Oxford 1994), Vogel has written extensively on the application of the economics of information to the CBD. Vogel has also applied “the general theory of second best” to the FCCC as justification for paying economically poor-but-carbon-rich countries not to exploit carbon reserves. The resulting book The Economics of the Yasuní Initiative: Climate Change as if Thermodynamics Mattered (Anthem Press, 2009) is also available in Spanish as La economía de la Iniciativa Yasuní-ITT.

Vogel has consulted in numerous projects funded by the UNDP, USAID, IADB, World Bank and various NGOs. He works broadly on the policy implications of the economics of appropriation, be they genetic resources, the atmospheric sink or even movie locations. “Geopiracy” is Vogel’s neologism for the falsification of location in the visual arts. Because many policy debates reduce to the balancing of rights, Vogel has advocated the establishment of a “Museum of Bioprospecting, Intellectual Property and the Public Domain” in an edited volume by the same title. The study of piracy in all its forms has also resulted in innovation. On 5 June 2012, Vogel was awarded US Patent #8195571 for a “Web-Based System And Method For Preventing Unauthorized Access To Copyrighted Academic Texts,” which was recognized in 2011 as significant of the expansionary policy of the USPTO toward what is patent eligible.

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25 October 2010
Nomenclature matters. Harvard naturalist E.O. Wilson insists that "[t]he first step to wisdom, as the Chinese say, is getting things by their right names." Getting things by the wrong name, albeit unwise, need not be fatal. In Through the Looking Glass, Humpty Dumpty tells Alice that names can mean...
1 December 2008
Have you ever seen a movie attributed to one place but filmed in another? Film buffs will recall Tarzan of the Apes (1918) or Gone with the Wind (1939) where, respectively, Morgan City, Louisiana was passed off as Africa and Hollywood, California, the antebellum South. Despite the ease of filming...
22 October 2008
Economics is abstract but not unfathomable. The truth of that statement can be seen in the attempt to elaborate a multilateral regime for ‘access and benefit sharing’ – ABS for short – at the ninth conference of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity held in May. ‘Access’ refers to a...
1 August 2008
Economics is abstract but not unfathomable. The truth of that statement can be seen in the attempt to elaborate a multilateral regime for ‘access and benefit sharing’ – ABS for short – at the ninth conference of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity held in May. ‘Access’ refers to a...