Robert N. Stavins

Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government
Environment and Natural Resources Program,
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
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Robert Stavins


Robert N. Stavins is Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, Director of Graduate Studies for the Doctoral Programs in Public Policy and in Political Economy and Government, Cochair of the MPP/MBA and MPA/ID/MBA Joint Degree Programs, and Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a University Fellow of Resources for the Future, former Chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys Environmental Economics Advisory Board, and a member of the editorial councils of scholarly periodicals. His research has examined diverse areas of environmental economics and policy and has appeared in a variety of economics, law, and policy journals, as well as several books. Stavins directed Project 88, a bipartisan effort cochaired by former Senator Timothy Wirth and the late Senator John Heinz to develop innovative approaches to environmental problems. He has been a consultant to government agencies, international organizations, corporations, and advocacy groups. He holds a BA in philosophy from Northwestern University, an MS in agricultural economics from Cornell, and a PhD in economics from Harvard.



  • API-135 Fundamentals of Environmental Economics and Policy


  • API-905Y Seminar on Environmental Economics and Policy

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Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Fowlie, Meredith, Lawrence Goulder, Matthew Kotchen, Severin Borenstein, James Bushnell, Lucas Davis, Michael Greenstone, Charles Kolstad, Christopher Knittel, Robert Stavins, Michael Wara, Frank Wolak, and Catherine Wolfram. "An Economic Perspective on the EPA's Clean Power Plan." Science 346.6211 (November 2014): 815-816.
    • Schmalensee, Richard, and Robert N. Stavins. "The SO2 Allowance Trading System: The Ironic History of a Grand Policy Experiment." Journal of Economic Perspectives 27.1 (December 2013): 103-122.
    • Ranson, Matthew, and Robert N. Stavins. "Post-Durban Climate Policy Architecture Based on Linkage of Cap-and-Trade Systems." Chicago Journal of International Law 13.2 (Winter 2013): 403-438.
  • Book Chapters
    • Stavins, Robert N. "Navigating a Two-Way Street Between Academia and the Policy World." Introduction to Economics Of Climate Change And Environmental Policy Economics Of Climate Change And Environmental Policy: Selected Papers of Robert N. Stavins, 2000–2011. Ed. Robert N. Stavins. Edward Elgar, 2013.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Bodansky, Daniel M., Seth A. Hoedl, Gilbert E. Metcalf, and Robert N. Stavins. "Facilitating Linkage of Heterogeneous Regional, National, and Sub-National Climate Policies through a Future International Agreement." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-056, November 2014.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Stavins, Robert N. "Climate Realities." New York Times. 09/21/2014, 6-6.

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