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
Why the Job Market Actually Improved After the BP Oil Spill
August 25, 2014
[The Washington Post ]...JOSEPH ALDY: "What we found was that the region of Louisiana that supports offshore oil and gas drilling did fine...There's decent evidence that they saw employment higher than other parts of the region. Certainly, they did not see employment fall." Read the full interview here and the related HEEP Discussion Paper here.
HEEP's Director Responds to EPA Proposal
June 5, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at the direction of President Obama, released a landmark rule on June 2, 2014 that aims to reduce carbon emissions from the electric-power sector by 30 percent, nationwide, below 2005 levels by 2030. Learn more here.
HEEP Faculty Fellow Gives Lecture in Berlin
June 4, 2014
HEEP Faculty Fellow and Professor of Economics at Harvard University Martin Weitzman discussed the potential of carbon taxes and cap-and-trade programs to deal with climate change. He also expressed his concerns regarding geoengineering. The lecture, "Why is the Economics of Climate Change so Difficult and Controversial?" was given at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) in Berlin, Germany on May 28, 2014. Read more here. The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, affiliated with HEEP, has collaborated with Mercator in the past (see here and here).
Pande and Stavins Co-Host HKS IDEASpHERE Session
May 27, 2014
HEEP Faculty Fellow Rohini Pande and HEEP Director Robert Stavins co-hosted a session at IDEASpHERE, a two day event at Harvard Kennedy School attended by donors, alumni, faculty, and students. The session, "Harnessing Market Forces to Protect the Climate," discussed the role in using economics to address climate change. Learn more here.
HEEP Student Paper Prizes 2013-2014
May 20, 2014
The Harvard Environmental Economics Program has, for the fifth consecutive year, awarded three prizes to Harvard University students for the best research papers addressing a topic in environmental, energy, or resource economics—one prize each for an undergraduate paper or senior thesis, master's student paper, and doctoral student paper. Each prize was accompanied by a monetary award. Read the details here.
HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow Alum Joins NBER
May 15, 2014
HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow alumnus and 2013 winner of the HEEP Enel Endowment Prize for the best environmental economics paper by a doctoral student, Steve Cicala, has become a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Steve is currently an Assistant Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at The University of Chicago.
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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