FEATURED FACULTY-FELLOW PROFILE
Cass R. Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations, including Ukraine, Poland, China, South Africa, and Russia. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Sunstein is author of many articles and a number of books, including Republic.com (2001), Risk and Reason (2002), Why Societies Need Dissent (2003), The Second Bill of Rights (2004), Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle (2005), Worst-Case Scenarios (2001), Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008) and most recently Simpler: The Future of Government (2013).
NEWS & PUBLICATIONS
Feeling the Heat: Temperature, Physiology & the Wealth of Nations
January 7, 2014
Does temperature affect economic performance—and has it always affected social welfare through its impact on physical and cognitive function? This paper presents a model of labor supply under thermal stress, building on a longstanding physiological literature linking thermal stress to health and task performance. Read more HEEP Discussion Papers here.
Clearing the Air in China
December 16, 2013
Chris P. Nielsen and Mun S. Ho, members of HEEP Faculty Fellow Dale Jorgenson's research team, have authored a new book titled Clearer Skies Over China: Reconciling Air Quality, Climate, and Economic Goals. They declare that countries with severe air quality issues, like China, are taking major steps in pollution reduction, simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The authors of the book also recently wrote an op-ed in The New York Times, "Clearing the Air in China."
HEEP Faculty Fellows Lay Foundation for Improved Environmental Regulation in India
December 12, 2013
Rohini Pande, Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy and HEEP Faculty Fellow, Michael Greenstone, 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT and HEEP Associate Scholar, and their colleagues recently published a paper presenting the results of a two-year study, the goal of which was to improve the effectiveness of environmental regulation in India. HEEP provided partial support for the study. Read more here.
Energy Efficiency Gap Workshop
December 9, 2013
The Harvard Environmental Economics Program, along with the Duke University Energy Initiative, hosted a two-day workshop on October 24-25, 2013 at the Harvard Kennedy School titled, "Evaluating the Energy Efficiency Gap." The workshop was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Read more here.
Evaluating the Energy Efficiency Gap: Research and Practice
This joint initiative between Duke and Harvard University will advance understanding of the "energy efficiency gap" and the diverse factors that affect the adoption of energy-efficient equipment and practices. It focuses on differences between predicted and observed adoption of these technologies. The initiative's findings will inform future research and policy. Learn more here.
Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
Learn about this exciting initiative, whose goal is to identify
policy architectures that hold promise as successors to the
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