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News: Harvard Environmental Economics Program Awards Student Prizes for 2011-2012 Academic Year

For Immediate Release: May 17, 2012
Media Contact: Bryan Galcik (617) 384-8415; bryan_galcik@harvard.edu

CAMBRIDGE, MA – 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.

The papers were judged by David Drake, Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and a Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP); and Katharine Sims, Assistant Professor of Economics at Amherst College, Visiting Scholar with HEEP during the 2011-2012 academic year, and a former HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow. The prizes were supported by the Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics at Harvard, Christopher P. Kaneb ‘90, and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation.

According to Robert N. Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, “The papers submitted for this third annual HEEP prize competition were of excellent quality--demonstrating impressive research skills and deep insights into important public-policy problems.”

The Winners are:

The Enel Endowment Prize for the Best Paper by a Doctoral Student

Robyn Meeks, “Water Works: The Economic Impact of Water Infrastructure.” Ph.D. Committee Chair: Rohini Pande, HEEP Faculty Fellow and Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

The Christopher P. Kaneb Prize for the Best Paper by a Masters Student

Tim Marlowe and Francis Choi, “The Value of America’s Greatest Idea: Framework for Total Economic Evaluation of National Park Service Operations and Assets.” Policy Analysis Exercise (Master in Public Policy capstone project). Advisors: Linda Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; and Thomas Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, Harvard Kennedy School.

The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Prize for the Best Senior Thesis

Eric Lu, “The Impacts of Green Pigovian Taxes on Urban Inequality in China.” Advisors: Dale Jorgenson, HEEP Faculty Fellow and Samuel W. Morris University Professor, Harvard University Department of Economics; and William Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy, and Human Development, Harvard Kennedy School.

Further information about the prize-winners and sponsors:

Robyn Meeks will receive her Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University in May 2012. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University, Robyn taught environmental studies as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan. She then received a Master of Environmental Management in water resources management from Yale University. After obtaining her master’s degree, Robyn consulted for the Energy and Environment Group at the United Nations Development Programme. She has accepted the position of Assistant Professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, beginning September 2012.

Tim Marlowe will receive his Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School in May 2012. He received his B.A. in Government and Anthropology from the College of William and Mary. He is currently a Fellow at UPD Consulting and was a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School in the summer of 2011. Tim taught International Baccalaureate Economics and was a Model U.N. Director at the American School Foundation in Mexico City from 2007-2010.

Francis Choi will receive his Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School in May 2012.  He received his B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Ethnic Studies, from the University of California at San Diego. Francis was a Legislative Affairs Intern at the White House Council on Environmental Quality in the summer of 2011. He also worked for various political and government offices in California and Oregon.

Eric Lu will receive his A.B. in Environmental Science and Public Policy, with Economics as a secondary field, from Harvard College in May 2012. Eric was a Summer Consultant at Oliver Wyman in 2011 and a Research Assistant at the Energy and Natural Resources Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, working with Senior Lecturer and Jassim M. Jaidah Family Director Henry Lee, from 2010 to 2011.

The Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics, at Harvard University, was established in February 2007 through a generous capital gift from Enel SpA, a progressive Italian corporation involved in energy production worldwide.

Christopher P. Kaneb works in real estate development as a Principal at Catamount Management Corporation. He holds an A.B. from Harvard University (’90).

James M. Stone is chair of the Plymouth Rock Companies. He holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees from Harvard University, where he also taught the economics of securities markets.

Cathleen Douglas Stone has been Special Assistant for Environment to the Mayor of the City of Boston since 1997.

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program is based in the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. For more information, see: www.hks.harvard.edu/m-rcbg/heep.



News: Harvard Environmental Economics Program Student Paper Prizes for Academic Year 2011-2012

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program will award three prizes in May 2012 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 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

Following are the rules for authorship of submitted papers:

  • Submitted papers and theses must have been completed during the 2011-2012 academic year;
  • Co-authored papers are acceptable, as long as all authors are students, whether at Harvard or elsewhere;
  • At least one author must be a qualified Harvard student;
  • Papers co-authored with non-students (faculty members, consultants, outside researchers, etc.) are not allowed;
  • Competitions for the masters and doctoral student prizes are open to students in any of Harvard’s schools.

Important dates and guidelines for submission:

  • The deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday, May 4, 2012, 4:00 pm. In the interest of fairness, there will be no exceptions with regard to the deadline.
  • Please submit paper and C.V. in electronic form to Bryan Galcik, Project Assistant for the Harvard Environmental Economics Program: Bryan_Galcik@harvard.edu
  • Winners will be announced by Friday, May 18, 2012.

Regarding the prize:

  • Submitted papers will be reviewed—and the winners chosen—by a specially appointed committee.
  • If a submitted paper is co-authored by two or more students in the same prize category, then each of these students will be acknowledged as a prize winner;
  • The monetary award will be presented to only one student—the student submitting the paper by email—regardless of co-authorship (if any). The recipient of the monetary award is free to distribute it as he or she wishes.
  • The Harvard Environmental Economics Program may ask prize-winning authors if the Program may release their papers as part of its Discussion Paper series.

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