Harvard Environmental Economics Program heep logo
supporters
index research news events publications people sponsors degreecourses links contact
NEWS: ARCHIVES 2013-2006

Joseph Aldy was quoted in the January-February 2014 edition of Harvard Magazine, "The Fix in Fossil Fuels.


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.


Inconvenient Uncertainties
December 4, 2013

Authors and HEEP associates Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman question a new study from the journal Nature that claims, "By 2047, Coldest Years May Be Warmer Than Hottest in Past, Scientists Say." Wagner and Weitzman warn that there are uncertainties around climate impacts that we cannot currently resolve and that these uncertainties may warrant more, rather than less, action to reduce emissions. Read The New York Times article here.


Robert Stavins
was interviewed in the November 27, 2013 edition of PBS NewsHour, "Did Warsaw conference put world on track towards 'new global climate regime'?"


Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 21, 2013 edition of The New York Times, "U.S. and China Find Convergence on Climate Issue."


Joseph Aldy was interviewed in the November 13, 2013 edition of Public Radio International, "At this month's climate change conference, there's a new tactic for reining in greenhouse gases."


The Climate Chairman
November 14, 2013

The journal Nature recently profiled Ottmar Edenhofer, focusing on his leadership role within the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, has worked closely with Edenhofer in the IPCC over the last four years. Edenhofer and Stavins co-hosted a workshop in Berlin in May 2013 examining options for the ongoing United Nations climate negotiations. Read the article here.


Robert Stavins was interviewed in the November 12, 2013 edition of the Harvard Gazette, "Climate Convergence."


Robert Stavins was quoted in the September 18, 2013 edition of Nature, "IPCC: The climate chairman."


UN Climate Change Expert Visits Harvard
October 3, 2013

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), visited the Harvard Kennedy School on September 27, 2013. To read the news articles and listen to audio recordings, click here.


Christiana Figueres to speak at HKS on Sept. 27, 2013 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will speak at Harvard Kennedy School regarding "The Future of International Climate Policy." The event will take place at the Taubman Building, 5th Floor, Nye ABC. Find more details here.


Robert Stavins
was quoted in the August 9, 2013 edition of The New York Times, "Pollution Economics."


HEEP Featured Faculty Fellow releases new Discussion Paper
July 9, 2013

Professor David Drake of Harvard Business School (see feature on HEEP's home page) co-authored a discussion paper with Stefan Spinler of the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany titled "Sustainable Operations Management: An enduring stream or a passing fancy?" The authors explore the growing interest in sustainability measures in business and industry.


Robert Stavins was quoted in the July 3, 2013 edition of The New York Times, "After Failed Attempt in April, Europe Approves Emissions Trading System."

Robert Stavins was quoted in the July 3, 2013 edition of CNN Money, "Beware dire predictions on Obama's war on coal."

Erich Muehlegger was cited in the July 2, 2013 edition of The Washington Times, "Changing with the wind: Bad weather found to shift congressional votes on environment."

Harvard Project co-hosts workshop on options for a new international climate regime
June 17, 2013

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) convened 30 leading international researchers and policy-makers on May 23 and 24, 2013 at MCC in Berlin. For more information, click here.


Michael Toffel
co-authored an article in the June 2, 2013 edition of Grist, "Corporate sustainability is not sustainable."


Martin Weitzman authored an article in the May 23, 2013 edition of PBS News Hour, "The Odds of Disaster: An Economist's Warning on Global Warming."


Evaluating the Energy Efficiency Gap: Research and Practice
May 20, 2013

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.


HEEP Student Paper Prizes 2012-2013
May 15, 2013

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program has 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 a senior thesis, master's student paper, and doctoral student paper. Each prize was accompanied by a monetary award.

Read the details here


Joseph Aldy was quoted in the May 5, 2013 edition of the National Journal, "What People Close to Obama Think About the Keystone XL Pipeline."

Robert Stavins was interviewed in the April 17, 2013 edition of Bloomberg, "Harvard Don Tells EU Kill Grants to Save Carbon: Energy Markets."


Stavins publishes paper collection
March 22, 2013

Professor Robert Stavins, director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, recently published the second volume of his collected papers with Edward Elgar Publishing: Economics of Climate Change and Environmental Policy: Selected Papers of Robert N. Stavins, 2000-2011. The 26 essays in the volume cover a wide range of topics, including: environmental policy analysis; economic analysis of environmental policy instruments; economics and technical change; natural resource economics – land and water; and domestic and international climate change policy. The first volume of Professor Stavins' papers was published in 2000 — also by Edward Elgar — covering the period 1988-1999.


Joseph Aldy was cited in the March 19, 2013 edition of The Atlantic, "America's Most Obvious Tax Reform Idea: Kill the Oil and Gas Subsidies."


HEEP Student Paper Prize 2012-2013
March 14, 2013

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program will award three prizes in May 2013 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

Christopher P. Kaneb Prize for best masters student paper: $1,500

The Enel Endowment Prize for best doctoral student paper: $2,000

Read the details here


Robert Stavins
was interviewed in the March 1, 2013 edition of PBS News Hour, "Is Obama's Climate Change Policy Doomed to Fail? Maybe Not."


Joseph Aldy was cited in the February 25, 2013 edition of The Washington Post, "Brookings wants to revamp the federal budget. Here are its 11 best ideas."


Professor Gilbert Metcalf named new Associate Scholar of HEEP
February 20, 2013

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program welcomes Professor Gilbert (Gib) Metcalf as an Associate Scholar of the Program. Gib is Professor of Economics at Tufts University and is a leading scholar in the field of energy and environmental economics. During 2011 and 2012, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at the U.S. Department of Treasury. While at the Treasury, among other duties, he was the first U.S. Board member for the Green Climate Fund, a multilateral climate-finance fund established in December 2011 at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in Durban, South Africa. Gib is the second Associate Scholar of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program. In this role, he joins Professor Michael Greenstone of MIT. Read more about Gib's background here and here.


Michael Toffel
was quoted in the February 13, 2013 edition of Forbes, "How Governments Spur Private-Sector Demand for Green Buildings."

Robert Stavins was cited in the January 19, 2013 edition of The Economist, "The voice of public choice."


Robert Stavins was quoted in the January 17, 2013 edition of The Washington Post, "As State Department nears completion of Keystone XL review, both sides dig in."

Joseph Aldy was quoted in the January 9, 2013 edition of The Washington Post, "Solyndra stunk. The green stimulus didn't."


HEEP releases two new discussion papers
January 3, 2013

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program regularly releases discussion papers that cover a range of topics in environmental economics. Two new papers were posted on January 3, 2013, both by HEEP Faculty Fellow Michael Toffel and colleagues. Topics include the impact of governmental mandates on the private sector regarding the adoption of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard, and how some firms choose to selectively disclose their environmental performance. To view the papers in the collection, click here.

{back to top}

 


The Kyoto Protocol: Hot air
December 18, 2012

Robert N. Stavins, HEEP Director, and Jeffrey Frankel, HEEP Faculty Fellow, were quoted in "The Kyoto Protocol: Hot air" in the journal, Nature. Author Quirin Schiermeier revisits the Kyoto Protocol and the events that sparked its creation; the Kyoto Protocol is a pact to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by developed countries. A discussion paper from the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements was referenced in the article, "Sustainable Cooperation in Global Climate Policy: Specific Formulas and Emission Targets to Build on Copenhagen and Cancun."


Robert Stavins
was quoted in the December 9, 2012 edition of the Financial Times, "Sleepless nights over climate change" (subscription required).


Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 26, 2012 edition of ClimateWire, "Qatar and some other Persian Gulf nations begin to walk their climate talk."

Joseph Aldy and Robert Stavins were quoted in the November 19, 2012 edition of The Boston Globe, "Bipartisan steps urged on climate change policy."

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 5, 2012 edition of The Washington Post, "Climate policy advances in the states, but slowly."


Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman co-authored an article in the November 1, 2012 edition of The Wall Street Journal, "Was Hurricane Sandy the 'Fat Tail' of Climate Change?"


Dale Jorgenson was cited in the November 1, 2012 edition of Fox News, "Eco-Taxes? Study Financed by U.S. Treasury Will Link Tax Code to Carbon Emissions."


Geoengineering and Climate Change
October 26, 2012

Martin Weitzman, a HEEP Faculty Fellow, and Gernot Wagner, a former Pre-Doctoral Fellow of HEEP, recently wrote an article in Foreign Policy, "Playing God," exploring various options for "geoengineering"—and changing attitudes toward these options. The urgency of climate change has convinced some government and private-sector leaders to consider seriously such emerging techniques to shield the Earth from the sun or directly remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, despite their possible negative side effects.


Michael Toffel co-authored an article in the October 24, 2012 edition of the Harvard Business Review, "The Big Flaw in Corporate Sustainability Rankings."


Rebecca Henderson was featured in the October 22, 2012 edition of the Harvard Impact Report, "The Next Great Transition."


Robert Stavins was quoted in the October 5, 2012 edition of NationalJournal, "Dusted" (subscription required).


HEEP Director presents research at seminar

October 1, 2012

Robert N. Stavins, HEEP Director, recently spoke at a Regulatory Policy Program seminar at Harvard University explaining the SO2 Allowance Trading Program and the four ironies of this ground breaking policy to combat acid rain. He explained how this same cap-and-trade system could potentially be used for climate change policy. The seminar was covered by the Harvard Gazette, and was also filmed.


The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements new policy brief, "Climate Negotiations Open a Window: Key Implications of the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action" was cited in the September 27, 2012 edition of The Energy Collective blog post by David Hone, "In order to control climate change, do we need to unlock CERs?"


Joseph Aldy was cited in the September 19, 2012 edition of the Harvard Gazette, "Emergency Planning."


HEEP releases five new discussion papers
September 7, 2012

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program regularly releases discussion papers that cover a range of topics in environmental economics. Five new papers were posted on September 7, 2012, all by HEEP Faculty Fellows (in some cases co-authored by colleagues). Topics include behavioral barriers to the adoption of cleaner cooking stoves in developing countries and the relationship between climate policy and trade. To view the papers in the collection, click here.


Martin Weitzman was quoted in the September 4, 2012 edition of The Australian, "Costly decarbonisation of the economy is based on a flawed review" (login required).


Robert Stavins was quoted in the August 6, 2012 edition of Reuters, "Green growth not targets needed for 2015 climate deal."


New opportunity to shape international climate policy
August 31, 2012

In a new article in Science magazine, "Climate Negotiators Create an Opportunity for Scholars," authors Joseph Aldy, Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP), and Robert N. Stavins, HEEP Director, challenge researchers, think tanks, and advocacy groups to devise new policy approaches to combat climate change. A key part of any such new approach would be to involve all major emitting countries—both developed and developing. Link to online version here.

 

New discussion paper examines the SO2 Allowance Trading System

In a new discussion paper, "The SO2 Allowance Trading System: The Ironic History of a Grand Policy Experiment," authors Richard Schmalensee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Robert N. Stavins, director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, explore four ironic outcomes associated with the otherwise very successful sulfur-dioxide cap-and-trade system created by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.


Rema Hanna was interviewed in the August 8, 2012 edition of Rediff Good news: Air is cleaner. Bad news: Water still dirty.


Kaneb Prize winner publishes paper on the economic impact of natural resources

Torben Mideksa, winner of the Christopher P. Kaneb Prize for the Best Paper by a Masters Student for the 2010-2011 academic year, recently published a revised version of his paper, "The Economic Impact of Natural Resources,"  in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Mideksa examines the importance of natural resource endowment to the success of a nation's economy. The author defends his case by taking an in-depth look at Norway's economy.


HEEP Releases Two Student Papers

Two winning papers from the Harvard Environmental Economics Program 2012 paper competition will be released as HEEP Discussion Papers:

Eric Lu's paper, "The Impacts of Green Pigovian Taxes on Urban Inequality in China," examines the social impact of environmental taxes in China.

Robyn Meeks' paper, "Water Works: The Economic Impact of Water Infrastructure," explores the various benefits of advancing water collection technology in developing countries.

Each year HEEP awards three prizes to Harvard University students for the best research papers addressing a topic in environmental, energy, or resource economics—one prize each for a senior thesis, master's student paper, and doctoral student paper. Read the press release here.


Robert Stavins was quoted in the July 21, 2012 edition of The New York Times There's Still Hope for the Planet.


Robert Stavins was featured in the July 13 and 18, 2012 edition of the International Trade Centre Environment Blog Market based instruments to address climate change.


The Cost of Clean Energy

In a new study, “Willingness to pay and political support for a US national clean energy standard,” co-author Joseph Aldy, Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program and Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, examines how much Americans are willing to pay for clean renewable energy. Research suggests that on average they were willing to tolerate a 13 percent increase in electricity costs in pursuit of cleaner energy. The study was published in the journal Nature Climate Change, and cited in multiple outlets, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Hill, Yale University, Ars Technica, and the Huffington Post.


Rema Hanna and Edward Glaeser, Faculty Fellows of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP), and Michael Greenstone, HEEP Associate Scholar, were featured in a New York Times article on programs to distribute clean cookstoves to poor rural areas in the developing world. Such stoves have the potential to reduce indoor air pollution, with attendant environmental and health benefits, but these HEEP affiliates argue that behavioral factors limit the realization of the technology’s potential. See also a related working paper by Hanna, Greenstone, and colleague Esther Duflo.


Forest Reinhardt, a Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, was featured in an article exploring the importance of water and who controls it in a Harvard Business School Working Knowledge article. The author, Maggie Starvish, cites a discussion between Professor Reinhardt and his students regarding the case of “Woolf Farming & Processing,” which examines all the factors in play when it comes to farming and water use.


The Harvard Environmental Economics Program has 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 a senior thesis, master’s student paper, and doctoral student paper. Each prize was accompanied by a monetary award. The Harvard Environmental Economics Program is a University-wide initiative based in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government that seeks to develop innovative answers to today’s complex environmental challenges. Read the press release.


Michael Kremer, a Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, was featured in an article in the Harvard Gazette discussing the importance of clean drinking water. Kremer recently spoke to a packed audience at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study about his research on approaches to delivering chlorinated water in developing countries. Kremer argues that providing clean drinking water would save the lives of many of the 4,000 children who die each day, on average, from diarrhea.


The Sixth Edition of Economics of the Environment: Selected Readings, edited by Robert Stavins, was recently published by W. W. Norton & Company of New York and London.  Through five previous editions, Economics of the Environment has served as a valuable supplement to environmental economics texts and as a stand-alone collection of original readings in the field of environmental economics.  Nearly seven years have passed since the previous edition of this volume was published, and it is now more than three decades since the first edition appeared, edited by Robert and Nancy Dorfman.  The Sixth Edition continues this tradition. Read more about the book here.


The Harvard Environmental Economics Program released, on January 31, a policy brief based in large part on a research workshop and policy roundtable held in May 2011, "The SO2 Allowance Trading System and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990: Reflections on Twenty Years of Policy Innovation." The workshop and roundtable, as well as the preparation of the policy brief, were supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. To read the brief, click here.


Current Pre-Doctoral Fellows Robyn Meeks and Matthew Ranson have accepted positions following completion of their doctorates—both in Public Policy— this spring. Matt will be a Senior Analyst in the Environment and Resources Division at Abt Associates Inc. Robyn Meeks will be Assistant Professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. Congratulations to both Matt and Robyn!


Erich Muehlegger, a Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, along with Assistant Professor Shanjun Li of Cornell University and Resources for the Future Fellow,  Joshua Linn, have released a HEEP Discussion Paper detailing the effects of gasoline taxes on personal consumption and purchasing behavior.  This paper was featured in The Washington Post, Harvard Gazette, and WGBH. Read the Discussion Paper here.


Katharine R. E. Sims, former Pre-Doctoral Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP), is a winner of the 2011 Cozzarelli Prize. The Prize is awarded by the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) to the authors of six papers published in the Proceedings, and “recognizes outstanding contributions to the scientific disciplines represented by the National Academy of Sciences [NAS].” The six papers are selected from over 3,500 published in PNAS—a highly respected, peer-reviewed scientific journal—in 2011 and “represent the six broadly defined classes under which the [NAS] is organized.” Read the article here.


Gerhard Clemenz, Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, has released a HEEP Discussion Paper examining relationships among trade policy and environmental policies intended to reduce emissions of pollutants. Prof. Clemenz is currently on leave from the University of Vienna, where he is a professor of economics. Read the Discussion Paper here.


Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, joined colleagues in Changwon, Republic of Korea in mid-July to begin preparing the climate-change mitigation portion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) Fifth Assessment Report. Four other HEEP affiliates participated in the Changwon session: Karen Fisher-Vanden, Charles Kolstad, Som Somanathan, and Martin Weitzman. Read the article here.


Esther Duflo, Michael Greenstone, Rema Hanna, and Radha Muthiah authored an article in the June 18, 2012 edition of National Geographic Clean Cookstoves Must Be Rethought so They Actually Get Used in Developing World.


Dale Jorgenson was cited in the June 15, 2012 edition of Schirach Report Harvard Dale Jorgenson Proposed a 39 Cent Gasoline Tax – It Would Cause A Revolution Because Americans Are Unaware Of The Advantages Of Less Consumption – No Energy Policy In the USA.


Robert Stavins was cited in the June 7, 2012 edition of The Huffington Post Breaking the "Believe in Climate Science" = "Big Government" Association.


Joseph Aldy was cited in the May 11 edition of Yale News Americans Support National Clean-Energy Standard.


Robert Stavins was featured in the March 28 edition of The Washington Post The EPA’s odd double standard on pollution rules.


Eric Maskin was featured in the March 15 edition of Energy Live News US economists urge Obama to push for global carbon tax.


Martin Weitzman was cited in the March 14 edition of The Huffington Post Just Price Carbon.


Robert Stavins was quoted in the January 24 edition of The New York Times Signs of New Life as U.N. Searches for a Climate Accord.


Rebecca Henderson, Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management at Harvard Business School, gave a presentation, Energy Environment and Business Strategy to the International Advisory Board at its annual meeting on November 13, 2009, at Harvard. Additional presentations by Prof. Henderson on how to transform firms can be found here and here.


Jeffrey Frankel, a Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, posted a blog titled Escaping the Oil Curse on December 15, which was reposted at the Bangkok Post. Frankel discusses the importance of utilizing natural resources for long-term success, instead of falling into the trap of the short-term economic boom that many countries have suffered from in the past. Frankel goes on to explain the six major pitfalls that can afflict natural-resource exporters. Read the article here.


Martin Weitzman, a Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, was recently featured in articles in two New Zealand publications, Business Day and Business.Scoop, regarding his views on climate change. Weitzman talks about geo-engineering tactics to curb the effects of greenhouse gas emissions in the article Giant sunshades on the horizon to combat climate change. In the Business Day article Erratic swings from denial to catastrophe, Weitzman speaks of the benefit of taxing carbon as a realistic policy approach to several environmental problems.


Gernot Wagner, a former Pre-Doctoral Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP), has published a book entitled But Will the Planet Notice?: How Smart Economics Can Save the World. Gernot is a staff economist with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a global environmental research and advocacy organization based in New York. Read the article here.


Rebecca Henderson, a Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, recently received the highest honor that Harvard University bestows on a faculty member—a University Professorship. Henderson is the former Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management at the Harvard Business School (HBS); she became the John and Natty McArthur University Professor, a chair established in honor of the former dean of HBS and his wife, on September 27, 2011. Read the article here.


Rohini Pande, a HEEP Faculty Fellow, is a Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and an NBER Research Associate. Associate Scholar Michael Greenstone is the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professors Pande and Greenstone, along with their colleagues in India, prepared a working plan for an emissions-trading system for the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests last year, which was officially launched on March 24, 2011. Read the article here.


Richard Newell, a former Pre-Doctoral Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, left his position as Administrator of the Energy Information Administration on July 1 to return to his faculty position at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Newell obtained a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in 1997. “Richard has been an invaluable resource to me, to the Department, and to the Administration, and we will miss his leadership,” Energy Secretary Steven Chu was quoted in The Hill.


The Harvard Environmental Economics Program has 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 a senior thesis, masters student paper, and doctoral student paper. The prizes were supported by the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation, Christopher P. Kaneb, and the Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics at Harvard. Read more about the winning submissions here.


Sendil Mullainathan, a HEEP Faculty Fellow, is Professor of Economics at Harvard University, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Mullainathan is a co-founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a past Macarthur Fellow (recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius Award”). Read the full press release here.


Robert Stavins publishes in 100th Anniversary Edition of The American Economic Review: "The Problem of the Commons: Still Unsettled After 100 Years." In this paper, HEEP Director Robert N. Stavins reviews economics research on open-access resources over the last century; the development of market-based policies to respond to commons problems; and the application of policy-relevant scholarship in economics to the “ultimate commons problem,” global climate change. Read the announcement here.


Robert Stavins was quoted in a May 16th, 2008 article from Reuters. The article, entitled "Complex Climate Treaty Challenges Experts," features a brief summary of a recent academic workshop in Venice, Italy, co-hosted by The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM).


Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 14 edition of The New York Times U.S. Envoy Relieved by Climate Talks’ Outcome.

Martin Weitzman was featured in the December 9 edition of stuff.co.nz Business Day Erratic swings from denial to catastrophe.

Robert Stavins authored an article in the December 5 edition of Outreach: a multi-stakeholder magazine on climate change and sustainable development A Wave of the Future: International Linkage of Carbon Markets.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 29 edition of Bloomberg EPA Rule Shows Regulations That Kill Jobs Can Create New Ones.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 25 edition of Bloomberg Renewable Power Trumps Fossils for First Time as UN Talks Stall.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 24 edition of Bloomberg Businessweek Carbon Collapse Shows Weaker EU Manufacturing: Energy Markets.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 22 edition of Nature Showdown nears for climate deal.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 19 edition of Bloomberg U.S. Sets High Bar for Post-2020 Climate Accord After Durban, Stern Says.

Robert Stavins was featured in the November 17 edition of ClimateWire POLICY: How a Republican anti-pollution measure, expanded by Democrats, got rooted in Europe and China. (Subscription Required).

Robert Stavins was featured in the November 9 edition of ClimateWire NEGOTIATIONS: Continuing lack of trust between rich and poor nations may derail Durban talks. (Subscription Required).

Joe Aldy and Robert Stavins' work was cited by the Washington Post's Ezra Klein in an October 31 blog entry: The future of carbon pricing.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the October 31 edition of Media Matters Ignorant And Proud.

Robert Stavins was interviewed in the October 30 edition of The New York Times Cleaning Up After Nature Plays a Trick.

Robert Stavins' work was cited by the Washington Post's Ezra Klein in an October 25 blog entry: Will California’s cap-and-trade experiment catch on?

Robert Stavins was interviewed in the October 5 edition of American Public Media's Marketplace Rough economy for environmental regulators.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the September 14 edition of Politico Cooking Dinner in the Shower.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the September 6 edition of Bloomberg Businessweek Carbon Cap Revival Led by Gillard Called Stupid by Xstrata.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the August 16 edition of Reuters Analysis: Republicans turn sights on "activist" EPA.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the August 14 edition of The Washington Post Obama administration encounters opposition to international climate agenda.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the August 2 edition of ClimateWire in The New York Times Debt Deal, Promising Energy Budget Cuts, Appears to Chill Hopes for a Carbon Tax. (Subscription Required).

Robert Stavins was interviewed in the July 7 edition of NPR's All Things Considered EPA Issues New Standards For Coal-Burning Plants.

Robert Stavins was interviewed in the July 6 edition of NPR's Morning Edition White House Study Explains Why GOP Targets EPA.

Robert Stavins was featured in the July 6 edition of Bloomberg View Why We Care About the Price of Water in China.

Robert Stavins was featured in the June 13 edition of ClimateWire Small nations pledge carbon neutrality; big ones haggle over Kyoto future. (Subscription Required).

Robert Stavins was featured in the June 2 edition of The New Yorker: Political Scene podcast Political Scene: Christie and Reggie.

Robert Stavins was interviewed in the May 29 edition of The New York Times An Unclear Course on Emissions Policy.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Names Sendhil Mullainathan Assistant Director for Research. Mullainathan, a HEEP Faculty Fellow, is Professor of Economics at Harvard University, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Mullainathan is a co-founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a past Macarthur Fellow (recipient of the MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius Award”).Read the full press release here.

Robert Stavins was interviewed in the April 29 edition of NPR's Living on Earth China Adopts Cap-and-Trade to Curb Emissions.

Robert Stavins was interviewed in the April 29 edition of Bloomberg News Disaster Needed for US to Act on Climate Change, Harvard's Stavins Says.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the April 14 edition of ClimateWire Politics: Obama, entering the budget fray, warns agains clean energy cuts. (Subscription Required).

Robert Stavins was interviewed in the April 13 edition of the Los Angeles Times California is expanding its carbon-trading program to three Canadian provinces.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the April 7 edition of GreenWire Regulations: European study finds noise can kill, as EPA lies dormant. (Subscription Required).

Robert Stavins was interviewed in the April 3 edition of The New York Times Pragmatism Influencing Energy Debates.

Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman were quoted in the March 19 editon of The New York Times, A Crisis That Markets Can't Grasp.

Joseph Aldy was interviewed in the February 22 edition of Nature Climate strife and political life

Robert Stavins publishes in 100th Anniversary Edition of The American Economic Review: "The Problem of the Commons: Still Unsettled After 100 Years"

Robert Stavins authored an article in the March/April 2011 edition of The MIT Technology Review Curbing Carbon (Subscription required)

Edward Glaeser was featured in the February 14 edition of The New York Times blog Freakonomics To Get America Growing Again, It's time to Unleash our Cities: A Guest Post by Edward Glaeser.

Martin Weitzman was cited in the February 9 edition of The Economist Are economists erring on climate change?

Joseph Aldy was quoted in the January 31 edition of The New York Times Why are new U.S. Nuclear Reactor Projects Fizzling?

Robert Stavins was quoted in the January 20 edition of ClimateWire China: Obama brings U.S. clean energy trade issues to table in U.S.-China talks. (Subscription Required).

Robert Stavins authored an essay in January 18 edition of The New York Times' Room for Debate series. Stavins' piece Pitfalls in Public Policies, is part of a larger debate: Can the U.S. Compete With China on Green Tech?

Robert Stavins' blog post with Richard Schmalensee, Renewable Irony and its subsequent follow-up post, Renewable Energy Standards: Less Effective, More Costly, but Politically Preferred to Cap-and-Trade? were cited in the January 14 edition of The Washington Post's Ezra Klein's blog: Something is better than nothing -- but how much better?.--The Post was also cited in the January 18 edition of the Economist Give me green, and jobs, but not green jobs.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the January 13 edition of the National Journal Member An Uncommon Bright Spot.

Robert Stavins was interviewed on the January 4 edition of NPR's The Patt Morrison Show Congress to Obama: you can't regulate carbon emissions. Obama to Congress: watch me.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the January 3 edition of Politico White House hires veteran environmental economist. Nat Keohane, former HEEP pre-doctoral fellow, and incoming Special Advisor to the President for Energy and the Environment at the White House is the subject of the article.

Robert Stavins' work was cited in the January 3 edition of The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial Needed from Jerry Brown: more pragmatism.

Robert Stavins' work was cited in the December 23 edition of Radio Free Europe's blog A Tree with Roots: Beyond the Zero-Sum World?

Robert Stavins authored an Op-Ed in December 20 edition of The Christian Science Monitor Why Cancun Trumped Copenhagen: Warmer relations on rising temperatures.

Robert Stavins was interviewed on the December 17 edition of the American Public Media's Marketplace California takes lead in cap-and-trade carbon market.

Robert Stavins was interviewed on the December 16 edition of the EcoShock Radio Show Cancun Climate Talks: Fraud or Forward?

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 14 edition of David Bosco's blog for Foreign Policy "The Multilateralist" How Mexico mastered multilateralism.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 10 edition of ClimateWire Administration: Whitehouse is losing key climate expert. (Subscription Required). Joseph Aldy, former HEEP pre-doctoral fellow, and outgoing Special Advisor to the President for Energy and the Environment at the White House is the subject of the article.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 10 edition of ClimateWire Nations: Is China or the U.S. the better carbon citizen?. (Subscription Required).

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 10 edition of The New York Times Climate Talks Reach Final Day with No Deal.

Robert Stavins was interviewed on the December 7 edition of PBS NewsHour Cancun Climate Talks: Signs of Progress or More Stumbling Blocks?

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 8 edition of Wild Singapore.com Upbeat UN Climate Talks Work on Hiccups.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 8 edition of Energy and Environment Daily Cancun: Ministers Plead for Climate Deal but Negotiators See Little Progress. (Subscription Required).

Robert Stavins was interviewed on the December 7 edition of NPR's Marketplace China announces plans to slow growth of its carbon emissions.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 6 edition of The Green Reporter The Alternative Agenda: Cancun Talks Plod Onward, China Solar on a Hot Streak.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 3 edition of The National Journal Daily China Turns the Tables and Turns on the Charm.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 2 edition of ClimateWire Politics: Deficit panel cuts energy subsidies and perhaps carbon emissions, too. (Subscription Required).

Robert Stavins authored an article in the November 29 edition of Outreach: a multi-stakeholder magazine on the environment and sustainable development Knowing Success if You See It.

Robert Stavins and Richard Schmalensee authored an Op-Ed in November 24 edition of the Huffington Post Renewable Irony.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 22 edition of Bloomberg: BusinessWeek Climate Talks Echo 50-Year Bretton Woods Process.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 21 edition of The Boston Globe Returning to the Scene of the Grime.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 20 edition of The Washington Post White House takes a more modest Plan B to Cancun Climate Talks.

Robert Stavins was interviewed on the November 16 edition of NPR's Living on Earth series Congressional Fight Over CO2.

Robert Stavins' An Economic View of the Environment October 21 Blog post Both Are Necessary, But Neither is Sufficient: Carbon-Pricing and Technology R&D Initiatives in a Meaningful National Climate Policy was featured in the October 25 edition of The New York Times blog Dot Earth Real-World Steps on Energy and C02.

Robert Stavins' An Economic View of the Environment October 21 Blog post Both Are Necessary, But Neither is Sufficient: Carbon-Pricing and Technology R&D Initiatives in a Meaningful National Climate Policy was featured in the October 22 edition of The New York Times blog Economix Why Research Alone Won't Fix the Climateand a subsequent post The Fight Among Environmentalists.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the October 18 edition of ClimateWire in The New York Times 'Red China' Energy Jobs Play in House Races.

Robert Stavins was featured in the October 8 edition of The New Yorker: Political Scene podcast The "Glorious Mess" of Climate-Change Legislation.

Robert Stavins' new HEEP Discussion paper The Problem of the Commons: Still Unsettled After 100 Years was featured in a September 29 editorial by The Globe and Mail Climate won't be solved by conferences alone.

Edward Glaeser authored an Op-Ed for the September 7 edition of The New York Times Reform Before New Building.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the September 2 edition of Bloomberg BusinessWeek Lisa Jackson's High-Wire Act on Carbon Controls.

Robert Stavins was interviewed on the August 19 edition of NPR's Marketplace series BP Oil Spill: Ripple Effects Trying to quantify the intangible.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the July 29 edition of Reuters Analysis-Action on global climate may drift for years.

Robert Stavins and HEEP International Advisory Board member Richard Schmalensee co-authored an Op-Ed for the July 27 edition of The Boston Globe The Power of Cap and Trade.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the July 20 edition of The New York Times Overcome by heat and inertia.

Robert Stavins was interviewed on the July 15 edition of the New Yorker magazine's podcast The Purity of "Pollution".

Robert Stavins was interviewed on the July 13 edition of NPR's Marketplace series BP Oil Spill: Ripple Effects'Think twice, act once,' says new BP cap.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the July 13 edition of The Los Angeles Times Teaching 'stuff' about ecology: Animated Web video spreads environmental message to millions worldwide.

Robert Stavins was interviewed on the July 2 edition of NPR's Living Earth Climate Bill Backup Plan.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the June 29 edition of The New York Times Dot Earth Blog U.S. Options and the Global Greenhouse.

Robert Stavins participated in a June 21 panel on the future of Global Climate Change Policy at the International Peace Institute. A recap of the event can be found here.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the June 9 edition of Ezra Klein's Washington Post Blog What to do in the absence of cap-and-trade?

Robert Stavins was quoted in the June 6 edition of The New York Times Sunday Magazine Spillonomics: Underestimating Risk.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the May 13 edition of ClimateWire as featured in The New York Times Venture, Clean-Tech Sectors Brace for $50 Million Attack on Climate Law.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the May 12 edition of Reuters Analysis-Global Cap and Trade decades off, US unveils plan.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the May 12 edition of The Boston Globe States may get more of a voice on oil drilling.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the May 10 edition of The San Francisco Chronicle Business Leaders Split on bid to delay AB32.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the April 27 edition of The San Diego News Room Killing California's economic engine.

Robert Stavins authored an Op-Ed in the April 22 edition of the Boston Globe All states need to embrace bipartisan climate bill.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the April 15 edition of the Hill.com's Energy and Environment blog E2 Wire State Department meeting aimed at climate change progress.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the April 15 edition of the Harvard Gazette Battling Climate Change on All Fronts.

Jeffrey Frankel and Robert Stavins were quoted in the April 13 edition of The Wall Street Journal's Blog: Real Time Economics Secondary Sources: Recession Dating, Recovery Risks, Cap and Trade.

Robert Stavins and Robert Hahn co-authored an Op-Ed for the April 13 edition of Vox Why cap-and-trade should (and does) have appeal to politicians.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the April 12 edition of the Harvard Crimson Professor Advocates Cap-and-Trade.

Robert Stavins was interviewed April 9 on NPR's Living on Earth The Politics of Capping Emissions.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the April 2 edition of ClimateWire Economics: 'Social cost' of tailpipe and other C02 emissions should be higher--report. (Subscription required)

Robert Stavins was quoted in the March 29 edition of the Economist's blog: Free Exchange A messy business.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the March 29 edition of Financial Times' Blog: Energy Source Cap-and-trade is/isn't dead - and what it could mean.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the March 28 edition of USA Today Getting paid to save energy, recycle? Incentives expand.

Enel North America seeks Summer Public Policy Intern in Washington DC, for further details, click here.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the March 17 edition of BusinessWeek Cold Tuna, Hot Baseball Face New Rules in Tokyo Carbon Caps.

Robert Stavins was a featured guest of The Economist Debates: Green Jobs, March 15.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the March 12 edition of Energy and Environment Daily Climate: Rust Belt Senators Win Concessions to Protect Manufacturers. (Subscription required)

Robert Stavins was interviewed March 1 by the Council on Foreign Relations Energy Plan and Climate Bill: Tactical Link.

Robert Stavins was quoted on air in the February 24 edition of NPR's Marketplace Baby steps to stem greenhouse gases.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the February 18 edition of The Christian Science Monitor UN Climate Chief Resigns.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the February 18 edition of BusinessWeek De Boer Quits UN post in 'Sad Day' for Carbon Market.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the February 15 edition of ClimateWire Politics: Cantwell-Collins Bill Generates Lobbying Frenzy. (Subscription required)

Robert Stavins was quoted in the February 11 edition of Reuters ANALYSIS G-20, U.N. Vote Reform Could Help Climate Deal.

Robert Stavins participated in a February 5 panel at MIT, entitled, "The Road from Copenhagen." The panel is described by the MIT News, A silver lining to the Copenhagen cloud?

Robert Stavins was cited in the February 3 edition of the Progressive Policy Institute's Progressive Fix blog Can a Cap-and-Dividend Scheme Pass?

Robert Stavins was quoted in the February 3 edition of ClimateWire Legislation: Under Republican Pressure EPA raises cost estimates of house climate bill. (Subscription required)

Robert Stavins participated in a webinar for The Energy Collective Prospects for International Climate Agreements.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the January 21 edition of BusinessWeek Climate Bill Prospects Fade with Republican U.S. Senate Victory.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the January edition of The Deloitte Review If We Can Put a Man on the Moon.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the January 12 edition of The New York Times California Panel Considers Money from Climate Rules.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the January 12 edition of The Wall Street Journal California Ties Cash to Energy.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the January 12 edition of ClimateWire Obama, Senate allies weigh strategy in face of double-digit unemployment. (Subscription required)

Robert Stavins was quoted in the January 11 edition of the Christian Science Monitor Kyoto to Copenhagen: Why UN's glacial global warming talks need overhaul.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 21 edition of Bloomberg US Brokered Climate Deal May Give Obama More Sway in Senate.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 18 edition of a BusinessWeek special report Climate Summit Accord Is a Step Toward Progress.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 18 edition of The Christian Science Monitor Copenhagen Summit: Major powers broker compromise voluntary climate pact.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 18 edition of The Boston Globe Negotiations get tense, draft accords circulate.

Robert Stavins authored an op-ed in the December 17 edition of the Progressive Policy Institute's Progressive Fix blog Dispatch from Copenhagen, Obama, Kyoto and the Prospects for a Deal.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 17 edition of The Boston Globe Clinton says US will join $100b-a-year climate deal.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 15 edition of ClimateWire Politics: 'Cap-and-dividend' gets some favorable scrutiny. (Subscription required)

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 14 edition of The Boston Globe Despite stalemates, hope flickers on climate.

Robert Stavins had a letter to the editor published in the December 11 edition of The New York Times The Best Way to Cut Carbon Emissions.

Robert Stavins and Sheila Olmstead, a former HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow, authored an op-ed in the December 11 edition of CBSNews.com After Kyoto: Solving the Climate Conundrum.

Robert Stavins was interviewed December 10 for a pod cast for New Yorker Audio: The Political Scene.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 8 edition of The New York Times Climate Deal Likely to Bear Big Price Tag.

Robert Stavins authored an op-ed in the December 6 edition of The Boston Globe A sliver lining in the climate talks cloud.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 4 edition of ClimateWire STATES: Obama should highlight state emissions cuts in Copenhagen--study. (Subscription required)

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 30 edition of Miller McCune U.S. Lethergy at Copenhagen Might be Best for Climate.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 27 edition of Bloomberg Rudd Struggles to Deliver Climate Deal before Obama, Copenhagen.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 25 edition of Bloomberg Rudd Nears Climate Deal to Boost his Copenhagen Stock.

Kate Emans Sims, former HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow, and Assistant Professor of Economics at Amherst College, wrote this letter to The Nation, discussing market-based solutions to climate change. The letter was written in response to an article by Naomi Klein entitled, Copenhagen: Seattle Grows Up.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 14 edition of Xinhua Sino-US talks helpful, but too late for Copenhagen.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 13 edition of The Boston Globe Kerry's green side takes center stage.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 4 edition of The Harvard Gazzette Prepping for Copenhagen.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the October 27 edition of Bloomberg.com Senate Climate Bill Receives Complaints of Coal-Dependent States.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the October 27 edition of Bloomberg.com Deal-Breaker for Climate-Change Treaty May Be Obama's Congress.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the October 22 edition of Bloomberg.com China, India Forge Alternative to UN Climate Treaty.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the October 20 edition of Boston University's The Daily Free Press Professors claim Kyoto Protocol insufficient in regulating global pollution.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the October 19 edition of the Sacramento Bee Fiscal impact of state climate law disputed.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the September 25 edition of ClimateWire article entitled Markets: The possiblity of carbon trading fraud elbows into Senate Debate. (Subscription Required).

September 24th and 25th the Harvard Environmental Economics Program hosted an Alumni Workshop. For more about the event click here.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the September 23 China Radio International story published on CRIenglish.com China's Active Climate Policy Thread of Hope to Copenhagen Talks.

Robert Stavins wrote an essay September 21 for The Wall Street Journal entitled Yes: The Transition Can be Gradual--and Affordable.

Robert Stavins and Sheila Olmstead co-authored an op-ed September 20 for The Boston Globe entitled The essential pillars of a new climate pact.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the August 6 Bloomberg article entitled China Balks at Global Warming-Gas Capture Costs.

Jeffrey Frankel assesses the feasibility of a multilateral climate change agreement in his July 18th Op-Ed on Vox How to Set Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets for all Countries.

Robert Stavins was interviewed July 10 by Salon.com on the Waxman-Markey bill. Overheated by clean energy

Robert Stavins was quoted in a July 8 blog post from the PBS News Hour The Business Desk with Paul Solman The Cap & Trade Debate.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the July 8 GreenWire article entitled Climate: Calif. air chief still fighting for changes to Waxman-Markey bill. (Subscription required).

Robert Stavins was appeared on the July 1 edition of On Point, on NPR. Climate Politics Heating Up.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a June 29 article in Reuters Republicans see opportunity in US climate bill fight.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a June 27 article in The Christian Science Monitor What a national cap-and-trade program might look like.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a June 26 article in Congressional Quarterly: Climate Change Bill Narrowly Passes in House.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a June 26 article in BusinessWeek House Passes Carbon Cap-and-Trade Bill.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a June 26 article in Reuters SNAP ANALYSIS: US climate vote boosts Washington's credibility.

Robert Stavins is quoted in the Clean-Energy Debate Guide released by the Center for American Progress.

Robert Stavins was interviewed June 22 by Marketplace, on NPR. Climate change cost boosts supporters.

Robert Stavins was interviewed June 17 by The Patt Morrison Show on Southern Califnornia Public Radio, an NPR affiliate. The Changing Climate of Climate Change Negotiations.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a June 16 article in ChinaStakes US Special Envoy for Climate Change: The Quintessential Optimist.

Robert Stowe was quoted in a June 15 article in ClimateWire Negotiations: Some progress in Bonn, but delegates take the slow road to Copenhagen. (Subscription Required)

Robert Stavins was quoted in a June 12 article in US News and World Report How the Global Warming Bill Will Affect Your Wallet.

Robert Stowe was quoted in a June 12 article in ClimateWire Concerns grow that Kyoto sucessor may not be finished in Copenhagen. (Subscription Required)

Robert Stavins' blog entry entitled The Wonderful Politics of Cap-and-Trade: A Closer Look at Waxman-Markey was featured June 12 in ft.com/energysource, a blog of The Financial Times, in a post entitled Cap-and-trade versus everything else.

Robert Stavins' blog entry entitled The Wonderful Politics of Cap-and-Trade: A Closer Look at Waxman-Markey was featured June 9 in The Vine, a blog of The National Review, in a post entitled A Closer Look at those Climate Bill Giveaways.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a June 5 article in The New Scientist Poor countries could be paid to go nuclear.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a June 5 article in GreenWire Experts plumb cap-and-trade bill in search of bottom line.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a June 4 article in The State Journal Cap-and-Trade Allocation Scheme May Keep Rates Down.

Robert Stavins' blog entry entitled The Wonderful Politics of Cap-and-Trade: A Closer Look at Waxman-Markey was featured May 28 in ft.com/energysource, a blog of The Financial Times, in a post entitled Another view on cap-and-trade giveaways.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a May 26 article in GreenWire Carbon Allowances: The glue in House energy package.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a May 26 article in The Washington Post Caps, Trades and Offsets: Can Climate Plan Work?

Robert Stavins was quoted in a May 26 article in The Los Angeles Times entitled U.S. business-government relations undergo a climate change.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a May 23 article in The Wall Street Journal entitled Pollution Politics and the Climate-Bill Giveaway.

Robert Stavins was interviewed May 22 by National Public Radio's Morning Edition House Panel Approves Climate Change Bill.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a May 21 article in The Seattle Times entitled Seattle's day to tell EPA how to fix climate.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a May 20 USA Today article entitled New fuel-economy rules could backfire if people drive more.

Robert Stavins wrote an op-ed May 20 for National Public Radio's website entitled Obama's fuel efficiency plan? Not so efficient.

Robert Stavins was interviewed May 20 by National Public Radio's Morning Edition Environmentalists Say Obama's Auto Plan Is a Start.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a May 20 New York Times article entitled In U.S., Steps Towards Industrial Policy in Autos.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a May 19 Financial Times article entitled Greens hail tough standards on fuel use.

Robert Stavins was interviewed May 18 by The Patt Morrison Show on Southern Califnornia Public Radio, an NPR affiliate. Calinfornia Paves the Way to Higher MPG...and the Rest of the Country Finally Follows.

Robert Stavins was named to the Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. This newly expanded group will focus for the first time on carbon dioxide and other emissions trading markets. Stavins will be part of a committee that strives to examine energy markets and review pending legislation on Capitol Hill to regulate the role of speculators in commodity markets.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the May 13 edition of GreenWire article entitled CFTC girds for oversight of carbon markets. (Subscription required).

Robert Stavins was quoted in a May 7 Yale 360 article entitled Putting a Price on Carbon: An Emissions Cap or a Tax?

Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman were mentioned in a May 4 article in ClimateWire entitled Academia unleashes a blizzard of papers in climate debate. (Subscription Required)

Robert Stavins was quoted in a May 3 Reuters article entitled U.S. climate law may not be needed for global deal

Robert Stavins and Dale Jorgenson were quoted in the May/June 2009 edition of MIT's Technology Review entitled Can Technology Save the Economy? (Free Log-in required)

Robert Stavins was quoted in a April 27 article in The Christian Science Monitor entitled Is a bad economy good for the environment?

Robert Stavins was interviewed for the April 27 edition of NPR's Marketplace entitled Utilities concerned over cap-and-trade.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a April 21 article in The Oregonian entitled Oregonians sending less to landfills in economic downturn.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the April 20 ClimateWire article entitled A brawl over numbers breaks out in cap-and-trade debate. (Subscription required).

Robert Stavins and Robert C. Stowe were quoted in the April 1 Boston Globe article entitled Harvard students, professors share advice for G-20.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the April 1 ClimateWire article entitled Lobbyists spar over gaps in Markey-Waxman bill. (Subscription required).

Robert Stavins was quoted in the March 31 Christian Science Monitor article entitled House fast-tracks major changes on energy and climate.

Robert Stavins was featured on NPR's Living on Earth, March 14, 2009. The segment was entitled Cap and Trade by Numbers.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the March 13 ClimateWire article entitled Obama erred on key cap-and-trade features, economists say. (Subscription required).

Robert Stavins was quoted in the March 11 Boston Globe article entitled Recession byproduct - a cut in emissions.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the March 6 ClimateWire article entitled Recession may help on climate front--for a while.(Subscription required).

Robert Stavins was quoted in the February 27 Reuters article entitled U.S. gives cap and trade boost for climate treaty.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the February 25 edition of The New York Times in an article entitled Economic Crisis Complicates California's Goals on Climate.

Robert Stavins was cited in the February 16 edition of The Nation in an article entitled Doing the Recovery Right.

Robert Stavins was cited in the Wall Street Journal blog Environmental Capital Green Ink: Is California the Model?

Robert Stavins was quoted on 'Marketplace' a program of National Public Radio. What jobs that are 'green' really mean.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a January 31, 2009 Wall Street Journal article California's 'Green Jobs' Experiment isn't Going Well.

Robert Stavins' Hamilton Project analysis of a cap-and-trade sytem for carbon emissions was featured in a New York Times article by David Leonhardt The Big Fix.

Robert Stavins was quoted in a January 29, 2009 Boston Globe article Will the economy take the wind out of Patrick's plan?

Robert Stavins was quoted in a January 19, 2009 article Politics: Bush's critics and defenders spar over his environmental legacy. (Subscription Required).

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 19, 2008 edition of the Greenwire. NATIONS: Obama's 4-minute speech invigorates int'l negotiations. (Subscription Required)

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 18, 2008 edition of the Greenwire. REGULATION: Not fearing feds, regions continue building carbon caps. (Subscription Required)

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 18, 2008 edition of the Greenwire. EMISSIONS: Industrial nations' greenhouse gases rose between 2000 and 2006. (Subscription Required)

Robert Stavins authored an Op-Ed in the November 12, 2008 edition of the Boston Globe. Inspiration for climate change.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the November 6, 2008 edition of the Boston Globe. Bay State already on path to clean, renewable energy.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the October 14, 2008 edition of the Chicago Tribune. Carbon Cordon.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the September 30, 2008 edition of Greenwire States: Carbon auction is a success, but will emissions drop?. (Subscription Required)

Robert Stavins was quoted in the September 30, 2008 article on Bloomberg.com Carbon Credits Auctioned.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the September 29, 2008 article on ScienceNow. Bells Ring for First U.S. Carbon Auction.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the September 29, 2008 article on Bloomberg.com First U.S. Carbon Dioxide Permits Sell for $3.07/Ton.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the September 23, 2008 article on Bloomberg.com Air Pollution Market Debut Tests Cap-and-Trade Model.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the September 09, 2008 edition of Greenwire CAMPAIGN 2008: Biden seen as primed to play leading role in post-Kyoto climate talks. (Subscription Required)

Robert Stavins was quoted in the July 31, 2008 edition of The Wall Street Journal on support in the Senate for a Cap-and-Trade based internatinoal climate change regime. Trade Talks' Failure Weighs on Other Issues.

Robert Stavins comments on emissions allowances and the potential for emissions trading scheme linkages between the European Union and the United States in a ClimateWire Article: Markets: Increasing use of coal in Europe drives up the price of CO2 emissions trades. (subscription required).

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program was mentioned in the June 22, 2008 edition of The Washington Post. Higher Learning Adapts To a Greening Attitude.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the June 8th, 2008 edition of St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the costs associated with addressing global climate change. Global Warming: Numbers game confounds debate.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the June 2nd, 2008 edition of The New York Times. Industries Allied to Cap Carbon Differ on the Details.

Hunt Allcott, a Ph.D. student in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, is the recipient of a Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship with Resources for the Future (RFF), a Washington, D.C.- based environmental think tank. While at RFF, Hunt will complete his research on energy demand, including household electricity usage and the response of the American auto industry to changes in corporate average fuel economy standards.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the April 18th, 2008 edition of USA Today. Environmentalists Hope for Progress with New President.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the April 18th, 2008 edition of The Christian Science Monitor. Bush's Climate Goals Vague--But a Start.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the April 17th, 2008 edition of The Los Angeles Times. President Bush Offers Goals to Fight Climate Change.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the April 10, 2008 edition of ClimateWire. Can the Senate sidestep a 67-vote climate treaty ratification?. (Subscription Required)

Robert Stavins was quoted in the April 2, 2008 edition of ClimateWire. Prospect of 'gap' worries climate change negotiators. (Subscription Required)

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements' March research workshop, Workshop ponders: Post-Kyoto, What Next? was featured in an online edition of the Harvard Gazette, March 20th 2008.

Robert Stavins co-authored an op-ed in the March 16th, 2008 edition of the Sacramento Bee. The article, entitled, Lawrence Goulder and Robert Stavins: State fight against climate change benefits everyone, applauds California's passage of Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act.

Robert Stavins was quoted in the March 13, 2008 edition of The Wall Street Journal. Economist Strikes Gold in Climate-Change Fight

Robert Stavins and Joseph Aldy were quoted in the March 11, 2008 edition of ClimateWire. Congress: Behind 'safety valve' debate resides 30+ years of history. (Subscription Required)

Robert Stavins was featured in the March 3, 2008 edition of The Wall Street Journal. McCain's Economy Platform: Big Tax Cuts, With Caveats

Robert Stavins was recently profiled in Upstream. The article discusses Stavins' work as Co-Director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements. This article was originally published in Upstream on 18 January 2008, and is protected by copyright.

Two former HEEP pre-doctoral fellows, both of whom have gone on to become professors at Yale University, Nathaniel Keohane (Ph.D. Political Economy and Government, 2001) and Sheila Olmstead (Ph.D. Public Policy, 2002), have just published their co-authored book, Markets and the Environment (Island Press, 2007). A cover quote by HEEP Director, Professor Robert Stavins, describes the book: "Two of the world's leading young environmental economists offer a concise, balanced, and highly accessible treatment of one of the most dynamic fields of contemporary scholarship. Here is a book that will serve both as a superb text for an introductory course and an entertaining and effective introduction for a solo reader who wishes to learn about this growing field of inquiry."

Project Co-Directors Joseph Aldy and Robert Stavins, along with Carlo Carraro of the University of Venice and Resources for the Future's William Pizer, spoke at a Project-sponsored side event at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia. More information on the event can be found here. The Presentation given at the Bali COP was entitled, "Architectures for Agreement: Issues and Options for Post-2012 International Climate Change Policy" Carraro's presentation from the side-event was entitled, "Climate Policy in the Post-Kyoto World. Incentives, Institutions and Equity" Pizer's presentation was entitled, "Why start with a bottom-up approach to international climate policy?"

Charles Kolstad's public talk entitled, "Climate Change: is economics the source of the problem or the key to the solution?" was featured in the Harvard Crimson's Dec. 4th synopsis of the event "Ec. Prof Leads Climate Change Talk"

Robert Stavins was featured in the December 3, 2007 edition of The Warsaw Business Journal Poland's Place, post-Kyoto

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 3, 2007 Greenwire article "Climate: Expectations Low as Bali Talks Begin" (Subscription Required)

Robert Stavins was quoted in the December 1, 2007 Wall Street Journal article "Bali Talks Aim to Set Path for Post-Kyoto Pact" (Subscription Required to View)

Harvard Project on Climate Agreements Co-Directors Robert Stavins and Joseph Aldy were featured in the journal, Nature, Vol. 450, in an article entitled, "Climate Politics: Beyond Bush"

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is launching, in fall 2007, a new “Program on Environmental and Energy Economics.” Martin Feldstein, NBER President, has announced the election of six new NBER Research Associates as part of the program, including two Faculty Fellows of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP): Robert Stavins and Martin Weitzman. The other newly appointed NBER Research Associates are Maureen Cropper (World Bank), Charles Kolstad (University of California, Santa Barbara), Matthew Kahn (University of California, Los Angeles), and Kerry Smith (Arizona State University). Fifty-four other NBER Research Associates are also affiliated with the new program, including HEEP Faculty Fellows David Bloom and Richard Zeckhauser. The program is directed by Professor Don Fullerton of the University of Texas. More information is available at:
http://www.nber.org/programs/eee/eee.html

Robert Stavins was quoted in the May 17, 2007 New York Times article "Energy Standards Needed, Report Says"

Nathaniel Keohane, Associate Professor of Economics, Yale School of Management, is leaving Yale to become Director of Economic Policy and Analysis, Environmental Defense, in New York City. Nat received his Ph.D.
in Political Economy and Government (Environmental Economics) from Harvard in 2001.

Robyn Meeks has been awarded the 2007 Vicki Norberg Bohm Fellowship by the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program and the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the KSG. Her project is titled "Investigations into integrated water resource management and development: Linkages between local, national and international levels."

Robert Stavins was quoted in the March 7, 2007 New York Times article "A Coal Executive With a Cleanup Mission"

Robert Stavins' work on water-efficiency improvements cited in a February 2, 2007 High Country News article on "The Efficiency Paradox: Why water conservation along the Colorado River — a much-vaunted silver bullet for the West’s coming era of shortage — could have devastating environmental costs." PDF version of High Country News article.

On February 6th, 2007, it was announced that Enel, the Italian energy company, has made a gift of $5 million to establish The Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics. This endowment will allow EEPHU, which will be renamed as the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, to substantially expand its research efforts. Read more here.

On January 23rd, 2007, Professor Robert Stavins was interviewed in a BBC article on President Bush's energy policy. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6288957.stm

 

A Boston Globe story on Have yourself a carbon-neutral Christmas..., published December 17, 2006, quotes Prof. Robert Stavins on the merits of buying carbon offsets.

Profs. Richard Cooper and Robert Stavins were quoted in a New York Times story on The Cost of an Overheated Planet published on December 12, 2006, as part of a continuing series exploring "The Energy Challenge."

Prof. Robert Stavins was featured on NPR's All Things Considered commenting on the Stern Report on Climate Change on October 30, 2006.

Kelsey Jack is among the first recipients of the Norberg-Bohm Fellowship, awarded by the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center's Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP) and Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP).

The Harvard Board of Overseers selected Prof. Robert Stavins to serve on the Faculty advisory group for the Harvard presidential search. (PDF version of article in Harvard Gazette.)

Prof. Robert Stavins is co-editing the new Journal of Wine Economics. (PDF version of article in Harvard Gazette.)

Michael W. Toffel's doctoral dissertation "Voluntary Environmental Management Initiatives: Smoke Signals or Smoke Screens?" won the 2006 "Best Dissertation Award" from the Academy of Management's Social Issues in Management Division, and was a finalist for the "Best Dissertation Award" from the Academy of Management's Organizations and Natural Environment Division.

Michael W. Toffel and Jodi L. Short's paper "Coerced Confessions: How Regulatory Deterrence Drives Self-Policing" won the 2006 Charles H. Levine Award for Best Conference Paper from the Academy of Management's Public and Non-Profit Division.

Fan Zhang won the 2006 International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) Best Student Paper Award.

The Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, which publishes the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, is launching a new companion journal, the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. Kennedy School Professor Robert Stavins has agreed to serve as the new journal's Editor. He will be assisted by two Co-Editors, Professor Carlo Carraro of the University of Venice and Professor Charles Kolstad of the University of California, Santa Barbara, plus a 25-person Editorial Board, and a managing editor. The Review of Environmental Economics and Policy will fill a gap between the popular press and scholarly environmental and resource economics journals, by publishing articles that will serve several goals: to synthesize and integrate lessons learned from active lines of environmental economic research; to provide economic analysis of environmental policy issues; to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas among the various sub-fields and perspectives of environmental economics; to offer readers an accessible source for state-of-the-art thinking; to suggest directions for future research; to provide insights and readings for classroom use; and to address issues relating to the environmental economics profession. Most articles appearing in the journal will be solicited by the Editor, though all will be subject to peer review. The Association anticipates that this will be a highly regarded and very well read periodical within its targeted audience -- economists and others interested in environmental and resource policy in academia, government, the private sector, and the advocacy world. The journal -- which is being published by Oxford University Press -- will initially be produced twice per year, with each issue having 300 pages of material.

{back to top}

NEWS QUICK LINKS

Current News
News Archives

SEARCH