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CURRENT: VISITING SCHOLARS & POST-DOCTORAL AFFILIATES

Massimo Filippini
Visiting Scholar (January-May 2014))
Massimo Filippini has held a dual professorship in public economics and energy economics at the ETH Zurich and the University of Lugano since October 1999. He is member of the Center for Economic Research at ETH Zurich (CER-ETH) and director of the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE) at ETH Zürich. Professor Filippini was born in 1963. He studied economics at the University of Zurich, where he also received his doctorate. He has been a research fellow at the Economics Department of Harvard University and visiting researcher at the University of York, University of British Columbia and at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. He completed the requirements for his postdoctorate degree "Habilitation" at the University of Zurich in 1996. In 2003 he was given the title of a Professor (Titularprofessor) in economics at the University of Zurich. Professor Filippini´s main research areas are the empirical analysis of energy demand, the economics of energy efficiency, the regulation and deregulation of the energy markets, the measurement of the productive efficiency of public firms, fiscal federalism and the empirical analysis of the demand for drugs. Massimo Filippini is member of several editorial boards and has published several books and book chapters and more than fifty articles in peer-reviewed journals on the following subjects: energy economics and policy, transport economics, health economics, and the economics of public services.

Emmanuelle Lavaine
Harvard Environmental Economcis Program Postdoctoral Affiliate (January-May 2014))
Emmanuelle Lavaine is a postdoctoral fellow at Lerna, Toulouse School of Economics, in France and also with the Center for Risk Analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonnne University, Paris School of Economics. Her main research areas are environmental economics and health economics. She is particularly interested in environmental valuation methods. Emmanuelle's main research concerns the impact of pollution on health, social inequalities, environmental standards, and labor productivity. She has developed a keen interest in analyzing and understanding how we can draw policy implications from environmental and health economics.

Anant Sudarshan
Giorgio Ruffolo Postdoctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science, Sustainability Science Program, Harvard Kennedy School (2011-2014)
Anant Sudarshan works at the intersection of energy policy, behavioral science, environmental economics and engineering. He is interested in exploring engineering and economic solutions that can be used to address features of demand contributing to the overconsumption of resources. His doctoral research at Stanford explored the determinants of residential energy consumption and the role California efficiency policies in reducing energy intensity in the state. More recently he has carried out randomized trials to understand the effects of providing real-time feedback to households. This work is part of a broader agenda aimed at understanding how different incentive structures - both financial and behavioral - can be used to change household energy behaviors. Currently he is working alongside Professors Michael Greenstone (MIT) and Rohini Pande, on a project for the Indian government, with the object of evaluating an emissions trading program for Indian industry.

PAST: VISITING SCHOLARS & POST-DOCTORAL AFFILIATES

Scott Barrett
Harvard University Center for the Environment Visiting Scholar (April 2007)
Scott Barrett was the first Harvard University Center for the Environment Visiting Scholar, in April 2007. He was hosted during his visit by Prof. Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, and participated in several meetings and seminars with Harvard economics faculty and Ph.D. students. Dr. Barrett is Professor of Environmental Economics and International Political Economy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where he also directs the International Policy Program. He is the author of Environment and Statecraft: The Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making (Oxford University Press 2005) and numerous research and policy papers on climate change. He has also advised a number of international bodies on the subject, including different agencies of the United Nations, the European Commission, the OECD and, most recently, the International Task Force on Global Public Goods. He was a lead author of the second assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was previously a member of the Academic Panel of Environmental Economists to the UK’s Department of Environment. He received his PhD in economics from the London School of Economics. His latest book, Why Cooperate? The Incentive to Supply Global Public Goods, will be published by Oxford University Press in September 2007. Prof. Barrett has also written a chapter for Architectures for Agreement: Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto World, edited by Prof. Stavins and Joseph Aldy, Fellow at Resources for the Future, to be published by Cambridge University Press in August 2007.


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Carsten Helm
Visiting Scholar (2013)
Carsten Helm is Professor for Public Economics at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. Before that he was Associate Professor at the Technical University Darmstadt and Assistant Professor at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg and the Humboldt University Berlin, where he also did his PhD in Economics. The analysis of international environmental agreements has been a central focus of his research over the last 15 years, using different approaches from non-cooperative and cooperative game theory as well as fair division theory. During his visit at the Harvard Environmental Economics Program he applied insights from contract theory to explore the role of asymmetric information for the negotiation of international climate agreements. Further ongoing research on climate agreements focuses on R&D investments, technology transfer and border carbon adjustment. He is also interested in the economic analysis of renewable energies and their interaction with existing energy markets. He is an author of more than 50 publications, including 2 books.

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Garth Heutel
Environmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment (2007-2009)
Garth Heutel is a Harvard University Center for the Environment Fellow during academic years 2007-09. His faculty sponsor is Prof. Richard Zeckhauser, the Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a HEEP Faculty Fellow. Dr. Heutel is an economist who studies the dynamic interactions between environmental policies and economic issues. He earned his B.S. in physics and philosophy from the University of Michigan in 2000 and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. His dissertation studied the effect of the Clean Air Act on electric utilities’ decisions to invest in new technologies, developed a model to examine the distribution of the costs of different types of environmental policies, and studied the interaction between public and private funding sources for public goods. As an Environmental Fellow, Dr. Heutel plans to continue modeling and analyzing environmental policies using recently developed computational methods. His first research project at Harvard will examine cases of grandfathering in environmental policies, such as the New Source Review policy of the Clean Air Act or Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards for new automobiles.


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Pinar Keskin
Giorgio Ruffolo Postdoctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science, Sustainability Science Program, Harvard Kennedy School (2009-2010)
Pinar Keskin, an environmental and development economist, joined the faculty of Wesleyan University in July 2010. She remains a research fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Pinar received her Ph.D. in May 2009 from the Department of Economics at Yale University, where she worked under the supervision of Mark Rosenzweig, Chris Udry and Mushfiq Mobarak. Her research focuses primarily on the environmental challenges facing decision makers in developed and developing countries. In particular, she is interested in understanding the economic causes of and responses to groundwater scarcity.
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Charles D. Kolstad
Harvard University Center for the Environment Visiting Scholar (December 2007)
Charles Kolstad will be the newest Harvard University Center for the Environment Visiting Scholar, in December 2007. He will be hosted by Prof. Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program. On Monday December 3, Prof. Kolstad will give a public talk entitled, ""Climate Change: is economics the source of the problem or the key to the solution?" Prof. Kolstad (PhD, Stanford, 1982), a former president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE), is an environmental economist, jointly appointed in the Bren School and the Economics Department at UCSB. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Illinois, MIT, Stanford, and the New Economic School (Moscow) and served for two years in the Peace Corps in Ghana. Prof. Kolstad’s research interests are broadly in environmental and natural resource economics. He is interested how information and learning influence the timing, strength and effectiveness of environmental regulation. Much of his applied work is in the area of climate change and energy markets. Prof. Kolstad is a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), a member of the US National Academy of Sciences committee evaluating the US Climate Change Research Program, and a co-editor of the new journal Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. He is an author of over 100 publications, including his undergraduate text, Environmental Economics, which has been translated into Chinese, Spanish and Japanese.
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William Pizer
Harvard University Center for the Environment Visiting Scholar (April 2008)
William Pizer was the third Harvard University Center for the Environment Visiting Scholar. He was hosted during his visit by Prof. Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program. Dr. Pizer (PhD ’96) delivered a brown bag talk entitled, “Let's Get Serious about Climate Change Policy: What's Really Achievable at What Cost?” as part of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government’s New Directions in Regulation seminar. At Resources for the Future Pizer's research seeks to quantify how the design of environmental policy affects costs and effectiveness. Specific research has focused on the aggregate level and distribution of these costs; uncertainty about cost; technological change; banking, trading and other flexibility mechanisms; and valuation over long time horizons. He applies much of this work to the question of how to design and implement policies to reduce the threat of climate change caused by man-made emissions of greenhouse gases. Currently, he is working on projects that look at the effectiveness of voluntary programs, the role of technology programs in pollution control efforts, and the effect of regulation on competitiveness.
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Eduardo Souza Rodrigues
Kernan Brothers Postdoctoral Fellow in Environment, Harvard University Center for the Environment, Harvard University (2012-2013)
Eduardo Souza Rodrigues is an economist interested in the causes of the deforestation in the Amazon and in the costs and effectiveness of the policies that promote conservation. Eduardo received a B.A. in 2000 and a M.Sc. in 2003 both in Economics from the University of Sao Paulo. He then worked for three years at the Brazilian Central Bank. After that, he started in the Economics program at Yale University in 2006 and completed his Ph.D. in 2012. His Ph.D. research estimated the demand for deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and, based on this estimate, investigated the impacts of three policy intervention: (a) payments to avoid deforestation; (b) Pigouvian taxes on agricultural land; and (c) quantitative limits in land-use. He concluded that both payments and taxes would have been effective in avoiding deforestation, while quantitative limits would have been too costly for local farmers. He also developed nonparametric estimators that can be applied to land-use choice models using micro data, as well as to other similar contexts. As an Environmental Fellow, Eduardo worked with Professor Ariel Pakes. He developed and estimated a dynamic model of land use decision for the Brazilian Amazon. The model serves two purposes: First, it is used to estimate the elasticity of deforestation (and of emissions of carbon) with respect to commodity prices. Second, it is used to evaluate dynamic implications of environmental policies.

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Katharine R.E. Sims
Visiting Scholar (2011-2012)
Katharine R. E. Sims visited the Harvard Environmental Economics Program while on junior sabbatical from Amherst College. At Amherst, she is an assistant professor in the Economics Department and affiliate of the Environmental Studies program. Her research explores the economics of land conservation policies, including protected areas, local land-use regulations, and payments for ecosystem services. Her current work includes a collaborative project supported by the NSF and 3ie to evaluate the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of Mexico’s national payments for ecosystem services program. Kate earned her B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University in 1998 and her Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Economy and Government in 2008. She has previously been a Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the Harvard Environmental Economics Program and with the Sustainability Science Program at the Center for International Development. Prior to graduate studies, she worked as a researcher for non-profit and business organizations in the field of socially responsible investing and taught science in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Yao Wang
Visiting Fellow, Department of Economics, Harvard University (2010-2011)
Dr. Yao Wang is an Associate Professor in the Research Institute of Finance and Economics at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, China. She is interested in the low-carbon economy and carbon finance and capital markets. Dr. Wang is the author of Carbon Finance: Global Vision and Distribution in China (China Economic Publishing House, 2010) and several other publications and working papers on carbon finance. She has directed related projects, including Research on the Mechanism of Carbon Finance to Support the Development of China’s Low-carbon Economy (supported by the National Social Science Fund), Research on China’s Green Securities Policies (Ministry of Environmental Protection of China), How to Develop Carbon Finance in Beijing: Route and Strategy (Beijing Municipal Bureau of Finance), Strategic Proposals on China’s Development of Carbon Finance (Beijing Environment Exchange). Dr. Wang previously worked as a senior manager in investment banking. She is working primarily with HEEP Faculty Fellow Richard Cooper in the Department of Economics.
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