John A. Baden is the Founder and Chairman of the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment (FREE), and Gallatin Writers, Inc. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University where he was awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in environmental policy. He is a Co-Founder of the Property and Environment Resource Center and a leader in developing the New Resource Economics, an incentive-based approach to environmental and natural resource management.
He has held endowed professorships, received teaching awards and is the author or contributing editor of seven books and numerous articles on energy and natural resources. He is an occasional contributor to the Wall Street Journals editorial page and publishes a column in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
Former President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, he was the Co-Founder of the Environmental Management M.B.A. program at the University of Washington, is a Member of both the Mont Pelerin Society and the Philadelphia Society, and has served two terms on the National Petroleum Council.
He and his wife, Professor Ramona Marotz-Baden, own and operate a ranch in the Gallatin Valley of Montana and an orchard in the Yakima Valley of Washington.