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
HEEP Student Paper Prize 2013-2014
March 31, 2014
The Harvard Environmental Economics Program will award three prizes in May 2014 for the best research papers addressing topics in environmental, energy, and natural-resource economics:
The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Prize for best senior paper or thesis: $1,000
HEEP Prize for best masters student paper: $1,500
The Enel Endowment Prize for best doctoral student paper: $2,000
Read the details here.
HEEP Hosts Online Bibliography of Research on the Energy-Efficiency Gap
April 16, 2014
HEEP has built and made publicly available an online bibliography of research literature on the "energy-efficiency gap." Learn more here.
HEEP Co-Sponsors Workshop on the Energy-Efficiency Gap in Germany
April 16, 2014
HEEP co-sponsored a research workshop on the energy-efficiency gap, with the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the Duke University Energy Initiative, in March 2014. Learn more here.
IPCC Releases Mitigation Report; Harvard Project Director Plays Key Role
April 15, 2014
The important work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is receiving worldwide attention following the recent release of the Panel's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The Report has been prepared by hundreds of experts over the last four years; it reviews and assesses the most advanced research on climate change and summarizes it for policy makers around the world. The IPCC's assessment reports are considered the benchmark for scientific understanding of climate change... Learn more here.
HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow Receives Crump Fellowship
April 11, 2014
HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow Samuel Stolper was awarded the 2014-2015 Joseph Crump Fellowship to pursue research on natural resource issues. Sam will be collaborating with the Regulatory Policy Project (RPP) and the Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP) at the Harvard Kennedy School. Professor Joseph Aldy, Faculty Chair of RPP and HEEP Faculty Fellow, will be advising Sam throughout the process.
HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow and Alum Release New Discussion Paper
April 9, 2014
HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow Richard Sweeney and HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow alumnus Hunt Allcott co-authored a discussion paper titled "Information Disclosure through Agents: Evidence from a Field Experiment." The authors conducted a natural field experiment exploring consumer buying habits with regards to energy efficient products.
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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