Academic profile

Professor Larcom is an interdisciplinary researcher with interests in law, economics and institutions.  He began his career as an Economist at the Australian Treasury.  He has a First Class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Melbourne, an MPhil in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Law (Centre of Law and Economics) at University College London.  He has published in leading journals across disciplines, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Legal Studies, the Law and Society Review, Nature Climate Change and Nature Sustainability.  He has a particular interest in legal pluralism, the internalisation of law, learning from shocks, environmental economics, and interactions between religion and the environment. 


Paper 5: Environmental Economics and Law

Paper 12: Law and Economics

EP02: Fundamentals of Environmental Economics

 Research interests

Environmental Economics, Law and Economics, Legal Pluralism, Experimentation and Shocks, Institutions



Food for the Soul and the Planet: Measuring the Impact of the Return of Meatless Fridays for (Some) UK Catholics (with L. Panzone and P-W She), Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.  Accepted

Key publications: 

Working Papers 

Food for the Soul and the Planet: Measuring the Impact of the Return of Meatless Fridays for (Some) UK Catholics (with L. Panzone and P-W She)

Journal Articles


Review by Bruce Ottley in Asia Pacific Law Review

Water-Energy-Food Nexus Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Time-Consistency and Dictator Punishment: Discretion Rather Than Rules?” (with M.Sarr and T. Willems), 2016, in T. Besley (ed) Contemporary Issues in Development Economics, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Economics of Green Economies: Investment in Green Growth and How it Works  (with T. Swanson), in P.-M. Dupuy, J. E. Viñuales (eds.), Harnessing Foreign Investment to Promote Environmental Protection (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • International experiences in air pollution management (with H. Vennemo) in T Lin and T. Swanson (eds.), Economic Growth and Environmental  Regulation: The People's Republic of China's Path to a Brighter Future (ADB and Routledge, 2009) 

Selected Media Coverage

London Underground Paper

Dictators walking the Mogadishu Line

  • Wall Street Journal


Current PhD students

Maka Tounkara

Siyou Ouyang

Recent PhD students

Sam Vosper


Environment, public policy

Research Centres