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Seminar in
Environmental Economics and Policy

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

API-905y/Econ 2690hf
Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman

http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k96249

Spring 2014, Wednesday, 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Room L-382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics
and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged

January 29

Dallas Burtraw, Josh Linn, Karen Palmer, and Anthony Paul, Resources for the Future. "Clean Air Act Regulation of CO2 from Power Plants."

Feburary 19

Koichiro Ito, Boston University, and James M. Sallee, University of Chicago. "The Economics of Attribute‑Based Regulation: Theory and Evidence from Fuel‑Economy Standards."

February 26

James Hammitt, Harvard University, and Tuba Tuncel, Toulouse School of Economics. "A New Meta‑Analysis of the WTP/WTA Disparity."

March 26

Martin Weitzman, Harvard University. "Can Negotiating a Uniform Carbon Price Help to Internalize the Global Warming Externality?"

April 2

Christopher Knittel, MIT, Konstantinos Metaxoglou, Carleton University, and Andre Trinidade, Getulio Vargas Foundation. "Natural Gas Prices and Coal Displacement: Evidence from Electricity Markets."

April 16

Rohini Pande, Harvard University. "Environmental Inspections in India."

April 23

Robert Pindyck, MIT, and Ian Martin, London School of Economics. "Averting Catastrophes: The Strange Economics of Scylla and Charbydis."

Note: Name of presenter is in Bold.

For further information, contact Professor Stavins at the Kennedy School (495-1820), Professor Weitzman at the Department of Economics (495-5133), or the course assistant, Jason Chapman (496-8054), or visit the seminar web site.

For PDF format of the schedule please click here

 

- Environmental Economics Research Lunch -

Taubman 401 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Spring 2014

February 21

Trevor O'Grady, "Consequences of External Intervention in Communal Resource Management: Evidence from Napoleon's Intervention in the Italian Alps."

February 28

Rich Sweeney, "The Impact of Environmental Regulation on US Oil Refineries."

March 7

Cuicui Chen, "How Do Live Plant Firms Respond to Border Inspection Changes? Evidence from the Propagative Material Release Program."

March 14

Sabrina Howell, "Financing Innovation: The Role of Government Grants and Private Equity in Funding Clean Energy Technology Startups."

March 28

Gabe Chan, "Financing wind energy deployment in China through the Clean Development Mechanism: additionality and technology diffusion" (half hour).
Emmanuelle Lavaine, "The Capacity of Hedonic Pricing Analysis to Reflect The Economic Benefits Of Air Quality" (half hour).

April 4

Lilei Xu, "An Examination of Over-Investment: Evidence from Natural Gas-Fired Electricity Generators, 2000 - 2005."

April 11

Jonathan Baker, "The impacts of groundwater pumping and other fluidic ideas: some (very) preliminary research results and a few ideas for moving forward."

April 18

CANCELLED

April 25

Maria Acevedo, "The Effect of Rainfall Shocks on Labor Market Outcomes."

May 2

Janhavi Nilekani, "Evaluating Potential Particulate Matter Control Policies in India" (half hour).
Sam Stolper, "Exploring the Impact of Renewable Portfolio Standards in the U.S. Electricity Sector" (half hour).
THIS MEETING HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE FACULTY DINING ROOM (L-163)

 

Note: Name of presenter is in Bold.

Students present their research in environmental and natural resource economics. The lunch is open to PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty from Boston area universities. For more information about the lunch schedule, please contact Sam Stolper or Liz Walker.

 

Seminar in
Environmental Economics and Policy

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

API-905y/Econ 2690hf
Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman

http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k96249

Fall 2013, Wednesday, 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Room L-382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics
and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged

September 4

Student Orientation

September 25

This seminar has been CANCELLED.Richard Sweeney, Harvard University. "The Impact of Environmental Regulation on U.S. Oil Refineries."

October 2

Antonio Bento, Cornell University, Daniel Kaffine, University of Colorado, Kevin Roth, University of California, Irvine, and Matthew Aragoza‑Watkins, University of California, Berkeley. "The Effects of Regulation in the Presence of Multiple Unpriced Externalities."

October 16

Richard Hornbeck, Harvard University, and Daniel Keniston, Yale University. "Creative Destruction from the Great Boston Fire of 1872: Barriers to Urban Growth Illuminated."

October 23

Hunt Allcott, New York University, and Dmitry Taubinsky, Harvard University. "The Lightbulb Paradox: Using Behavioral Economics for Policy Evaluation."

November 6

Joseph Aldy and Marie‑Abele Bind, Harvard University. "Life‑Saving Information: Mortality Risk Reduction from Air Quality Index Forecasts."

November 13

Robert Barro, Harvard University. "Environmental Protection, Rare Disasters, and Discount Rates."

December 4

Erich Muehlegger, Harvard University, and Evan Herrnstadt, University of Michigan. "Weather, Salience of Climate Change, and Congressional Voting."

Note: Name of presenter is in Bold.

For further information, contact Professor Stavins at the Kennedy School (495-1820), Professor Weitzman at the Department of Economics (495-5133), or the course assistant, Jason Chapman (496-8054), or visit the seminar web site.

For PDF format of the schedule please click here

 

- Environmental Economics Research Lunch -

Taubman 401 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Fall 2013

September 13

 Welcome lunch and faculty panel on research in environmental economics

September 20

 Jisung Park

September 27

 Sonia Jaffe

October 4

CANCELLED

October 11

 Gabe Chan

October 18

 Rohit Chandra

October 25

 Jisung Park

November 1

 Lilei Xu

November 8

 Liz Walker

November 15

 Trisha Shrum

November 22

 Sabrina Howell

December 6

 Rich Sweeney

Note: Name of presenter is in Bold.

Students present their research in environmental and natural resource economics. The lunch is open to PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty from Boston area universities. For more information about the lunch schedule, please contact Sam Stolper or Liz Walker.

 

"The good news on climate change"

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Harvard Kennedy School

Taubman Building, 5th Floor, Nye ABC

September 27, 2013

1:00 - 2:30 PM

Hosted by:

Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Harvard University Center for the Environment

RSVP Required: Bryan_Galcik@harvard.edu

 

Christiana Figueres was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in May 2010. Ms. Figueres has been involved in climate change negotiations since 1995. She was a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team and represented Latin America and the Caribbean on the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism in 2007, before being elected Vice President of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties in 2008-2009. In 1995 she founded the Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas, a non-profit think tank for climate change policy and capacity-building, which she directed until 2003. Earlier in her career, she held a number of positions in the Costa Rican government.

Light refreshments will be served.

Seminar in
Environmental Economics and Policy

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

API-905y/Econ 2690hf
Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman

http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k89370

Spring 2013, Wednesday, 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Room L-382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics
and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged

January 30

Arik Levinson, Georgetown University.  "California Energy Efficiency:  Lessons for the Rest of the World, or Not?"

February 20

Michael Kremer, Harvard University, William Jack, Georgetown University, Joost De Laat, World Bank, and Tavneet Suri, MIT. "Joint Liability, Asset Collateralization, and Credit Access: Evidence from Rainwater Harvesting Tanks in Kenya."

March 27

This seminar has been CANCELLED. Joseph Shapiro, MIT.  "Trade, CO2, and the Environment."

April 3

Erich Muehlegger, Harvard University, Wojciech Kopczuk, Columbia University, Justin Marion, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan.  "Do the Laws of Tax Incidence Hold?  Point of Collection and the Pass‑through of State Diesel Taxes."

April 10

Ujjayant Chakravorty, Tufts University, Martino Pelli, and Beyza Ural Marchand, University of Alberta.  "Does the Quality of Electricity Matter? Evidence from Rural India."

April 17

Martin Weitzman, Harvard University.  "A Voting Architecture for the Governance of Free‑Driver Externalities, with Application to Geoengineering."

April 24

Kelsey Jack, Tufts University, Paulina Oliva, University of California, Santa Barbara, Elizabeth Walker, Harvard University, and Samuel Bell, Cornell University.  "Contracting for Environmental Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa."

May 1

Erin Mansur, Dartmouth College, and Joseph Cullen, Washington University. "Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity of Marginal Emissions: Implications for Electric Cars and Other Electricity-Shifting Policies."

Note:  Name of presenter is in Bold.

For further information, contact Professor Stavins at the Kennedy School (495-1820), Professor Weitzman at the Department of Economics (495-5133), or the course assistant, Jason Chapman (496-8054), or visit the seminar web site.

For PDF format of the schedule please click here

 

- Environmental Economics Research Lunch -

Taubman 401 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Spring 2013

February 22

Nick Ryan

March 15

Rich Sweeney

March 29

Thom Covert, "Learning about hydraulic fracturing in the North Dakota Bakken Shale."

April 5

Sam Stolper, "Connecting Water Pollution to Health: A Study of Indian Rivers."

April 12

This lunch has been CANCELLED. Liz Walker

April 19

Gabe Chan, "Evaluating the Benefits of Licensing Agreements for Technology Diffusion at the U.S. National Labs."

April 26

Lilei Xu   /  Anil Somani (11:30 - 1:00)

May 3

Thom Covert &  Rich Sweeney  /  Sabrina Howell & Lilei Xu, "Consumer Preferences for Automobiles in China and Policies to Promote Alternative Fuels." (11:30 - 1:00)

Students present their research in environmental and natural resource economics. The lunch is open to PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty from Boston area universities. For more information about the lunch schedule, please contact Rich Sweeney.

 


Seminar in
Environmental Economics and Policy

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

API-905y/Econ 2690hf
Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman

http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k89370

Fall 2012, Wednesday, 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Room L-382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics
and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged

September 5

Student Orientation

October 3

Christian Gollier, Toulouse School of Economics. "The Debate on Discounting:  Reconciling Positivists and Ethicists"

October 10

Christopher Knittel, MIT, and Ryan Sandler, Federal Trade Commission. "The Disappointing Welfare Impact of Indirect Pigouvian Taxation: Evidence from Transportation."

October 17

Thomas Covert, Harvard University. "Learning about hydraulic fracturing in the North Dakota Bakken Shale."

October 24

Howard Kunreuther, University of Pennsylvania. "Integrated Risk and Uncertainty Assessment of Climate Change Response Policies."

October 31

Steve Cicala, Harvard University. "When Does Regulation Distort Costs? Lessons from Fuel Procurement in US Electricity Generation."

November 14

Kyle Meng, Columbia University. "The Cost of Potential Cap-and-Trade Policy:  An Event Study using Prediction Markets and Lobbying Records."

November 28

Rema Hanna, Harvard University, Esther Duflo, and Michael Greenstone, MIT. "Up in Smoke:  The Long Run Impact of Improved Cooking Stoves."

Note:  Name of presenter is in Bold.

For further information, contact Professor Stavins at the Kennedy School (495-1820), Professor Weitzman at the Department of Economics (495-5133), or the course assistant, Jason Chapman (496-8054), or visit the seminar web site.

For PDF format of the schedule please click here

 

- Environmental Economics Research Lunch -

Taubman 401 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Fall 2012

October 12

Jisung Park and Tom Gole, "Planetary Geo-Engineering and Climate Change: A Free-Driver Problem?"

October 19

Anil Somani, "Market policies to control health effects of outdoor air pollution in India."

October 26

Rich Sweeney, "Environmental Regulation and Market Structure."

November 2

Gabe Chan - TBD

November 9

Sabrina Howell - TBD

November 16

Joe Shapiro, "Trade and the environment."

November 23

No meeting - Thanksgiving Break

November 30

Elizabeth Walker - TBD

December 7

Evan Herrnstadt - TBD

Students present their research in environmental and natural resource economics. The lunch is open to PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty from Boston area universities. For more information about the lunch schedule, please contact Rich Sweeney.

 

Seminar in
Environmental Economics and Policy

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

API-905y/Econ 2690hf
Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman

http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k82245&pageid=icb.page443881

Spring 2012, Wednesday, 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Room L-382, Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics
and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged

January 25

Matthew Ranson, Harvard University.  "What Are the Welfare Costs of Shoreline Loss? Housing Market Evidence from a Discontinuity Matching Design."

February 1

Linda Bui and Samuel Kapon, Brandeis University.  "The Impact of Voluntary Programs on Polluter Behavior:  Evidence from Pollution Prevention Programs and Toxic Releases."

February 8

Jesse Anttila-Hughes, Columbia University, and Solomon Hsiang, Princeton University.  "Destruction, Disinvestment, and Death:  Economic and Human Losses Following Environmental Disaster."

February 22

Jessica Reyes, Amherst College.  "Lead Exposure and Behavior: Effects on Aggression and Risky Behavior among Children and Adolescents."

March 7

Robin Burgess, London School of Economics, Matthew Hansen, Peter Potapov, University of Maryland, Benjamin Olken, MIT, and Stefanie Sieber, World Bank.  "The Political Economy of Deforestation in the Tropics."

March 28

Esther Duflo, Michael Greenstone, Nicholas Ryan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Rohini Pande, Harvard University.  "Truth‑telling by Third‑Party Auditors:  Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment in India."

April 18

Jennifer Alix‑Garcia, University of Wisconsin, Katharine Sims, Amherst College, and Elizabeth Shapiro, Duke University.  "Impacts of Mexico's National Payments for Ecosystem Services Program."

April 25

Richard Hornbeck, Harvard University, and Pinar Keskin, Wellesley College.  "Distributional Consequences of Water Markets:  Local Economic Spillovers from Agricultural Water‑use."

Note:  Name of presenter is in Bold.

For further information, contact Professor Stavins at the Kennedy School (495-1820), Professor Weitzman at the Department of Economics (495-5133), or the course assistant, Jason Chapman (496-8054), or visit the seminar web site.

For PDF format of the schedule please click here

 

- Environmental Economics Research Lunch -

Taubman 401 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

March 23

Robyn Meeks, "Economics of a Lightbulb: Experimental Evidence on CFLs and End-User Behavior."

March 30

Matt Ranson, "Crime, Weather, and Climate Change."

April 6

Thom Covert, "Learning and Experimentation in the Bakken Shale."

April 13

Rich Sweeney, "Environmental Regulation of US Oil Refineries."

April 20

Evan Herrnstadt - TBD

April 27

Marta Vicarelli - TBD (Research lunch will be held in Littauer 382 this day)

May 4

Gabe Chan, "Innovation at National Labs."

Students present their research in environmental and natural resource economics. The lunch is open to PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty from Boston area universities. For more information about the lunch schedule, please contact Rich Sweeney.

 

 

Seminar in
Environmental Economics and Policy


API-905y/Econ 2690hf
Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman

http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k82245&pageid=icb.page443881

Fall 2011, Wednesday, 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Room L-382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics
and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged

August 31                    STUDENT ORIENTATION

September 7                Charles Kolstad, University of California, Santa Barbara.  "Public Goods Institutions with Other-                                    Regarding Preferences."

September 14               Gautam Gowrisankaran, Stanley Reynolds, and Mario Samano, University of Arizona. "Intermittency                                     and the Value of Renewable Energy."  [Joint with Economics 3650hf - Industrial Organization                                     Workshop]

October 5                     Kenneth Gillingham, Yale University.  "How Do Consumers Respond to Gasoline Price Changes?                                      Heterogeneity in Vehicle Choice and Driving Behavior."

October 12                   Antony Millner, University of California, Berkeley.  "On Welfare Frameworks and Catastrophic                                    Climate Risks."

October 19                   David Hémous, Harvard University.  "The Environment, Trade, and Directed Technical Change."

November 2                 Wayne Gray, Clark University, Ronald Shadbegian, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chunbei                                    Wang, and Merve Cebi, University of Massachusetts.  "Do EPA Regulations Affect Labor Demand?                                     Evidence from the Pulp and Paper Industry."

November 9                 Matthew Harding, Stanford University, and Alice Hsiaw, College of the Holy Cross.  "Goal‑Setting and                                    Energy Efficiency."

November 16               Hunt Allcott, New York University, Sendhil Mullainathan, and Dmitry Daubinsky, Harvard                                    University.  "Externalizing the Internality."

 

- Environmental Economics Research Lunch -

Taubman 401 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

September 9 Matt Ranson (job market) - "Discontinuities and Identification in Forward-Looking Hedonic Models"
   
September 16 Kate Sims - “Forest Conservation and Slippage: Evidence from Mexico’s National Payments for Ecosystem Services Program.”
   
September 30 Robyn Meeks (job market) - "The impact of drinking water infrastructure on time allocation and farm production: evidence from the Kyrgyz Republic."
   
October 7 Olga Rostapshova - "Disentangling Drivers of Cooperation: Public Good Experiments and Water in Rural Kenyan Communities"
   
October 14 Liz Walker - TBD
   
October 21 Nick Ryan - "Is There an Energy-Efficiency Gap? Experimental Evidence from India."
   
October 28 Aturo Aguilar (job market) - "El Nino and Mexican children: Medium-term effects of early-life weather shocks on cognitive and health outcomes"
   
November 4 Sam Stolper - "Negative Externalities of Urbanization: Water Pollution and Infant Health in India"
   
November 18 Anil Somani - "Dynamic Economy-Energy-Environment model of India"
   
December 2 Thom Covert - TBD
   

Students present their research in environmental and natural resource economics. The lunch is open to PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty from Boston area universities. For more information about the lunch schedule, please contact Rich Sweeney.

Report on HEEP’s Participation in WCERE-IV, Montreal, June 2010

In June, the Fourth World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists was held in Montreal, Canada.  The Harvard Environmental Economics Program was the co-host of a reception on June 30th.  In addition to the reception, HEEP also hosted a panel discussion, “Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto World.”  Panelists were Bard Harstad (Northwestern University and an author of two discussion papers for the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements), Carlo Carraro (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, climate project author, member of HEEP’s International Advisory Board), Adele Morris (Brookings Institution and climate project author), and Robert Stavins.  Both events were very well attended (over 1,000 economists at the reception) and gave HEEP the opportunity to distribute materials about the Program and Harvard’s broader research and degree programs.  Robert Stavins  also participated in three additional panels during the week.

            At the Congress, HEEP Faculty Fellow Professor Martin Weitzman and Resources for the Future (as an organization) jointly received the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) 20th Anniversary Prize, which FEEM “established…with the aim to reward a researcher or a group of researchers from anywhere in the world who has most significantly contributed to the development of the field of environmental and resource economics over the last 20 years.” Professor Weitzman was acknowledged for his pathbreaking theoretical contributions to the field of environmental economics. Resources for the Future, a Washington D.C.-based think-tank led by HEEP International Advisory Board member Phil Sharp, was chosen for its world-class research and policy outreach on environmental policy. The FEEM press release, with further details, can be found here.

Yet another HEEP International Advisory Board member – Professor Richard Schmalensee of MIT – made one of the plenary presentations at the Congress—a superb talk on “Evaluating Policies to Increase the Use of Renewable Energy.”

 

Seminar in
Environmental Economics and Policy


ENR-551y/Econ 2690hf
Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman

http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k73011

Fall 2010, Wednesday, 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Room L-382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics
and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged

September 1                STUDENT ORIENTATION

September 29              Martin Weitzman, Harvard University.  "GHG Targets as Insurance Against Catastrophic Climate                                        Damages."

October 6                    Emanuele Massetti, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, and Robert Mendelsohn, Yale                                         University. "Estimating Ricardian Models with Panel Data."

October 20                  Meghan Busse, Northwestern University, Christopher Knittel, University of California, Davis, and                                        Florian Zettelmeyer, Northwestern University.  "Pain at the Pump:  The Effect of Gasoline                                        Prices on New and Used Automobile Markets."

October 27                  Kelsey Jack, MIT.  "Allocation in Environmental Markets:  A Field Experiment in Malawi."

November 10               Mark Jacobsen, University of California, San Diego.  "Fuel Economy, Car Class Mix, and Safety."

November 17               Richard Hornbeck, Harvard University, and Pinar Keskin, Wesleyan University.  "Farming the                                        Ogallala Aquifer: Short and Long‑run Impacts of Unsustainable Water Use."

December 1                 Hunt Allcott, MIT, and Sendhil Mullainathan, Harvard.  "External Validity."

For further information, contact Professor Stavins at the Kennedy School (495-1820), Professor Weitzman at the Department of Economics (495-5133), or the course assistant, Jason Chapman (496-8054), or visit the seminar web site.

 

 

 

ENR-551y/Econ 2690hf
          Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman
http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k63251

Spring 2010, Wednesday, 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Room L-382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics
and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged

February 10                Spencer Banzhaf, Georgia State University, and Randall Walsh, University of Pittsburgh.                       "Segregation and Tiebout Sorting:  Investigating the Link Between Public Goods and Demographic Composition."

March 3                       Meredith Fowlie, University of California, Berkeley.  "Allocating Emissions Permits in Cap‑and‑Trade                                 Programs: Theory and Evidence."

March 31                     Paulina Oliva, University of California, Santa Barbara.  "Environmental Regulations and Corruption:                                 Automobile Emissions in Mexico City."

April 7                        Shanti Gamper‑Rabindran, University of Pittsburgh, and Stephen Finger, University of                                  South Carolina.  "Does Self‑Regulation Reduce Pollution? Responsible Care in the Chemicals Industry."

April 14                       Sheila Olmstead, Yale University, Carolyn Kousky, and Roger Sedjo, Resources for the Future.                                  "Subsidizing Disaster: Estimating the Effects of Wildfire Suppression on Land Development."

April 21                       Matthew Kotchen, Yale University.  "The Public Economics of International Environmental                                 Agreements."

April 28                       Soumya Balasubramanya, Lori Bennear, Alex Pfaff, and Alessandro Tarozzi, Duke University.                                  "Bright Lines, Risk Beliefs, and Risk Avoidance:  Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in                                    Bangladesh."

 

ENR-551y/Econ 2690hf
          Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman
http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k63251

Fall 2009, Wednesday, 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Room L-382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics
and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged

September 16              Daron Acemoglu, MIT, Philippe Aghion, Leonardo Bursztyn, and David Hermous, Harvard                                  University.  "The Environment and Directed Technical Change."

September 23              Carolyn Kousky and Roger Cooke, Resources for the Future.  "Managing Catastrophic and                                  Dependent Risks: Fat Tails, Tail Dependence, and Micro-Correlations."

October 7                    Carol McAusland, University of British Columbia, and Daniel Millimet, Southern Methodist                                  University.  "Do National Borders Matter?  Intranational Trade, International Trade, and the                                   Environment."

October 21                  Melissa Dell, Benjamin Olken, MIT, Benjamin Jones, Northwestern University.  "Climate Shocks and                                  Economic Growth: Evidence from the Last Half Century."

October 28                  James Bushnell, Iowa State University, Howard Chong, University of California, Berkeley, and Erin                                  Mansur, Yale University.  "Firms' Costs (and Benefits) of Environmental Regulation: An Event Study of                                  the EU Emission Trading Scheme."

November 4                Grant Miller, Stanford Medical School, and Mushfiq Mobarak, Yale University.  "Marketing Stoves to                                  Combat Indoor Air Pollution: A Randomized Intervention in Bangladesh."

November 18               Hunt Allcott, MIT, and Nathan Wozny, Princeton University.  "Gasoline Prices, Inattentive                                  Consumers, and the Energy Paradox."

December 2                 Robert M. Townsend, MIT, Kamilya Tazhibayeva, and John Felkner, University of Chicago.  "Impact                                  of Climate Change on Rice Production in Thailand."

Seminar in
Environmental Economics and Policy


ENR-551y/Econ 2690hf
Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman
http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k40206

Spring 2009, Wednesday, 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Room L-382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics
and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged

January 28                  Soren Anderson, Michigan State University, and James Sallee, University of Chicago.  "Using Loopholes to Reveal the Marginal Cost of Regulation: The Case of Fuel-Economy Standards."

February 4                  Cynthia Lin, University of California, Davis.  "An Empirical Dynamic Model of OPEC and Non-OPEC."

February 18                Thomas Klier, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Joshua Linn, University of Illinois at Chicago.  "The Price of Gasoline and the Demand for Fuel Efficiency: Evidence from Monthly New Vehicles Sales Data."

February 25                Maximilian Auffhammer, University of California, Berkeley, and Ryan Kellogg, University of Michigan. "Clearing the Air?  The Effects of Gasoline Content Regulation on Air Quality."

April 1                                     Cédric Philibert, International Energy Agency.  "Price Caps and Price Floors in Climate Policy: A Quantitative Assessment."

April 15                       Robert Pindyck, MIT. "Uncertainty, Extreme Outcomes, and Climate Change Policy."

April 29                       Nicholas Muller, Middlebury College, William Nordhaus, and Robert Mendelsohn, Yale University.  "Environmental Accounting:  Methods with an Application to the U.S. Economy."

 

Seminar in
Environmental Economics and Policy

ENR-551y/Econ 2690hf
Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman
http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword= k40206

Fall 2008, Wednesday, 4:10-5:30 p.m.
Room L-382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics
and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged

September 24 Nikhil Agarwal, Harvard University, Chanont Banternghansa, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and Linda Bui, Brandeis University. Toxic Exposure in America: Estimating Fetal and Infant Health Outcomes

October 1 Hunt Allcott, Harvard University. Dynamic Pricing and Imperfect Competition in Electricity Markets

October 15 Karen Fisher-Vanden, Pennsylvania State University, and Karin Thorburn, Dartmouth College. Voluntary Corporate Environmental Initiatives and Shareholder Wealth

October 22 Meredith Fowlie, University of Michigan, Stephen Holland, University of North Carolina, and Erin Mansur, Yale University. Evaluating Emissions Trading Using a Nearest (Polluting) Neighbor Estimator

October 29 Garth Heutel, Harvard University. Optimal Environmental Policy Under Economic Fluctuations

November 12 Mark Jacobsen, University of California, San Diego, Arthur van Benthem, and Lawrence Goulder, Stanford University. Impacts of State-Level Limits on Greenhouse Gases Per Mile in the Presence of the National CAFE Standards

November 19 Lucas Davis, University of Michigan, and Matthew Kahn, University of California, Los Angeles. The Environmental Consequences of the North American Free Trade Agreement: A Consumption Based Approach

December 3 Michael Kremer, Harvard University, Edward Miguel, Clair Null, University of California, Berkeley, and Alix Zwane, Google.org. Trickle Down: Diffusion of Chlorine for Drinking Water Treatment in Kenya?

For further information, contact Professor Stavins at the Kennedy School (495-1820), Professor Weitzman at the Department of Economics (495-5133), or the course assistant, Jason Chapman (496-8054), or visit the seminar web site.

For PDF format of the schedule please click here.

- Environmental Economics Research Lunch -

Students present their research in environmental and natural resource economics. The lunch is open to PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty from Boston area universities. For more information about the lunch schedule, please contact .


Let's Get Serious about Climate Change Policy: What's Really Achievable at What Cost?

William A. Pizer

Senior Fellow and Director, Energy and Natural Resources, Resources for the Future

April 8, 2008 12:00pm—1:30pm

Bell Hall

Environmental Economics and Policy Seminar

Harvard University course number Economics 2690hf;
John F. Kennedy School of Government course number ENR-551y

Robert N. Stavins (Kennedy School) and Martin L. Weitzman (Department of Economics)
Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 4:10 - 5:30 pm
Room L-382, Kennedy School of Government

This is a year-long research seminar on topics in environmental and natural resource economics. Prof. Robert Stavins of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Prof. Martin Weitzman of Harvard’s Department of Economics have led the seminar since the late 1980s. Seminars emphasize theoretical models, quantitative empirical analysis, and public policy applications, featuring presentations by invited speakers. In addition to students, faculty from the area typically participate in the sessions. Auditors are welcome. An orientation session for students who wish to register for the course is held on Wednesday, September 13, in Room L-382 of the Kennedy School of Government at 79 JFK Street.

For more information

January 30   Amy Finkelstein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "E-Z Tax: Tax Salience and Tax Rates."

February 6   Kelly Gallagher and Erich Muehlegger, Harvard University.  “Giving Green to Get Green? Incentives and Consumer Adoption of Hybrid Vehicle Technology.”

February 13 Mathew Adler, University of Pennsylvania.  "Risk Equity: A New Proposal."

February 27 David Rapson, Boston University.  “Consumer Durable Goods and the Long-Run Demand for Electricity”

March 5     Jay Shimshack, Tufts University,  “Mercury Advisories and Household Health Trade-Offs.”

March 19   Robert Hahn, AEI Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies.  “The Evolving Role of Economic Analysis in Regulatory Decision Making.”

April 9     William Pizer, Resources for the Future,  “Prices vs. Quantities vs. Bankable Quantities for Stock Pollutants”

April 16   Gilbert Metcalf, Tufts University,  “Measuring the Distributional Impacts of Carbon Pricing”

April 16    Ian Perry, Resources for the Future,  “Should Urban Transit Subsidies Be Reduced?”

For a PDF of the schedule please click here.

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Environmental Economics Public Talk

Harvard University Center for the Environment Visiting Scholar

Charles D. Kolstad (UCSB Bren School) "Climate Change: is economics the source of the problem or the key to the solution?" Location: 5th Floor Taubman Building, Allison Dining Room, Kennedy School of Government
Date: Monday, December 3, 2007 Time 4:00pm - 5:30pm.

Environmental Economics and Policy Seminar

Harvard University course number Economics 2690hf;
John F. Kennedy School of Government course number ENR-551y

Robert N. Stavins (Kennedy School) and Martin L. Weitzman (Department of Economics)
Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 4:10 - 5:30 pm
Room L-382, Kennedy School of Government

This is a year-long research seminar on topics in environmental and natural resource economics. Prof. Robert Stavins of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Prof. Martin Weitzman of Harvard’s Department of Economics have led the seminar since the late 1980s. Seminars emphasize theoretical models, quantitative empirical analysis, and public policy applications, featuring presentations by invited speakers. In addition to students, faculty from the area typically participate in the sessions. Auditors are welcome. An orientation session for students who wish to register for the course is held on Wednesday, September 13, in Room L-382 of the Kennedy School of Government at 79 JFK Street.

For more information

September 19   Student Orientation

September 26    Lucas Davis, University of Michigan.  “The Effect of Driving Restrictions on Air Quality in Mexico City.”

October 3        Scott Taylor, University of Calgary.  “Buffalo Hunt: International Trade and the Virtual Extinction of the North American Bison”

October 17       Martin Weitzman, Harvard University.  “Structural Uncertainty and the Value of Statistical Life in the Economics of Catastrophic Climate Change”

October 24     A. Mushfiq Mobarak, Yale University, and Molly Lipscomb, University of Colorado.  “Decentralization, Spillovers and Water Quality:  Evidence from the Re-drawing of County Boundaries in Brazil.”

November 7     Kate Emans Sims, Harvard University.  “The Effects of Protected Areas on Land Use and Local Economic Development:  Evidence from Northern Thailand.”

November 28     Joshua Margolis, Harvard University, Hillary Anger Elfenbein, University of California, Berkeley, and James P. Walsh, University of Michigan.  “Does It Pay to Be Good?  A Meta-Analysis and Redirection of Research on the Relationship Between Corporate Social and Financial Performance”

December 5     Charles Kolstad and Nicholas Burger, University of California, Santa Barbara.  “Voluntary Public Goods Provision, Coalition Formation, and Uncertainty”

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20th World Energy Conference: Rome, Italy

Special Session WEC
Thursday, November 15th 2007
Architectures for Agreement: Climate Change Policy Post 2012

Fulvio Conti, CEO, Enel, Italy
Fatah Birol, Chief Economist, IEA
Halldor Thorgeirsson, Director of Sustainable Development Mechanism Program, UNFCCC
Carlo Carraro, Chairman Department of Economics Venice, Director, Euro Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change
Robert Stavins, Director Harvard University Environmental Economics Program, Harvard University

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Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government 25th Anniversary Celebration

Post-Kyoto International Policy Architecture to Address Global Climate Change
Panel I
Cambridge, Massachusetts
October 24, 2007

Robert Stavins, Kennedy School of Government, Director HEEP
Joseph Aldy, Resources for the Future
Scott Barrett, Johns Hopkins University
Jeffrey Frankel, Kennedy School of Government

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Second Annual Conference on Institutional Foundations for Industry Self-Regulation

Boston, Massachusetts
February 16-17, 2007

Organized by Michael W. Toffel, this conference convenes scholars researching institutional mechanisms for solving industry-wide problems. These "institutions for self-regulation" operate in a wide array of domains including collaborative research and development, environmental protection, fiduciary responsibility, consumer protection, and worker or product safety. Examples include open source communities, professional codes of conduct, ratings organizations, standard-setting bodies, and a variety of private-sector alternatives to government regulation.

See the conference web page for a call for papers, due December 1, 2006.

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Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

Co-Coordinators: Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Room 382, 79 John F. Kennedy Street

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

September 13 — Student Orientation

October 4 — Michael Kremer, Harvard University, et al. "Is Clean Water Overrated?"

October 11 — Jeffrey Zabel, Tufts University, and Robert Paterson, Industrial Economics. "The Impact of Critical Habitat Designation on the California Housing Market."

October 18 — Jay Shimshack, Tufts University, et al. "Mandatory Information Disclosure and Environmental Performance in the Electricity Industry."

October 25 — Tom Tietenberg, Colby College. "Design Insights from the Use of Tradable Permits for Air Emissions, Water Allocation, and Fisheries."

November 1Fan Zhang, Harvard University. "Does Electricity Restructuring Benefit the Environment? A Structural, Empirical Analysis of Intertemporal Emission Trading in the U.S. SO2 Allowance Market."

November 8 — Alexander Pfaff and Juan Andres Robalino, Columbia University. "Evaluating Policy Impacts on Tropical Deforestation."

November 15 — Wolfram Schlenker and Michael Roberts, Columbia University. "Non-Linear Effects of Weather on Crop Yields: Implications for Climate Change."

November 29James Hammitt, Harvard University, and Nicolas Treich, University of Toulouse. "Statistical vs. Identified Lives in Benefit-Cost Analysis."

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Architectures for Agreement:
Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto World

Cambridge, Massachusetts
May 12-13, 2006

BY INVITATION ONLY

Economists and other scholars — particularly from the United States — have been critical of the Kyoto Protocol, noting that because of its specific deficiencies it will be ineffective for the problem, and relatively costly for the little it accomplishes. Some others have been more supportive of the Protocol, noting that it is essentially the "only game in town." Both sides agree, however, that whether this first step is good or bad, a second step is required. Given the global commons nature of the climate change problem, a central element of that second step will most likely be an international agreement. The basic shape and structure of that agreement — its architecture — is the focus of the workshop and subsequent book.

"Workshop focuses on next steps after Kyoto Protocol," Harvard University Gazette, May 18, 2006. (PDF Version of article.)

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