Applied Environmental Economic Seminars

Our Applied Environmental Economic Seminar is a forum on issues significant to U.S. domestic and international environmental policy with some of the field's leading experts.

Each seminar will be 90 minutes and give speakers a chance to present upcoming work as well as engage in an open dialogue with EDF staff and the wider environmental and economics and policy community.

When and Where

Presentations are typically scheduled for Thursdays from 11:40am to 1:00pm. They take place in our Boston, DC, New York or San Francisco offices, with video links to the others.

Past Seminars

  • Thursday, April 17th, (NY) "California Energy Efficiency: Lessons for the Rest of the World, or Not?"
    Arik Levinson, Georgetown University
  • Thursday, April 3rd, (NY) "The Rebound Effect and Energy Efficiency Policy" (joint with Dave Rapson and Gernot Wagner)
    Ken Gillingham, Yale University
  • Monday, March 24th, 2014 (NY) "The Housing Market Impacts of Shale Gas Development" (joint with Lucija Anna Muehlenbachs and Chris Timmins)
    Beia Spiller, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Thursday, February 27th, 2014 (Boston) "The politics of market linkage: Linking domestic climate policies with international political economy" (joint with Jessica F. Green and Thomas Sterner)
    Gernot Wagner, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Monday, December 9th, 2013 (NY)
    "Achieving markets that support economic growth and protect the environment"
    Frank Convery, UCD Earth Institute, University College, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 (NY)
    "The Green Paradox and the Limits to Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions" (joint with Carolyn Fischer)
    Steve Salant, University of Michigan
  • Friday, October 4th, 2013 (NY)
    "When (if ever) is it Ethical (or at least appropriate) to Tell the Truth, Nothing but the Truth, but not Necessarily the Whole Truth?"
    Gary Yohe, Wesleyan University
  • June 4, 2013 (NY)
    "Finding a Green Nudge: An Evolutionary Perspective"
    Lorenzo Cerda Planas, Paris School of Economics
  • May 9, 2013 (NY)
    "The SO2 Allowance Trading System: The Ironic History of a Grand Policy Experiment"
    Richard Schmalensee, MIT, and Robert Stavins, Harvard
  • April 18, 2013 (NY)
    "Uncertainty and Climate Change"
    Geoff Heal, Columbia Business School
  • April 11th, 2013 (NY)
    "Do Environmental Messages Work on the Poor? Experimental Evidence from Brazilian Favelas"
    Chantal Toledo, UC Berkeley
  • April 3rd, 2013 (NY)
    "Climate metrics and their application to Methane and Black Carbon"
    Erik Sterner, Chalmers University of Technology
  • February 14, 2013 (NY)
    "The Price of Climate Risk"
    Bob Litterman, Kepos Capital
  • December 6, 2012 (NY)
    "The Causal Effect of Environmental Catastrophe on Long-Run Economic Growth"
    Solomon Hsiang, Princeton and Berkeley (joint work with Amir Jina)
  • November 15, 2012 (NY)
    "Regulating Greenhouse Gases from Coal Power Plants under the Clean Air Act"
    Joshua Linn, Resources for the Future (joint with Erin Mastrangelo and Dallas Burtraw)
  • November 8, 2012 (NY)
    "The Cost of Potential Cap-and-Trade Policy: An Event Study using Prediction Markets and Lobbying Records"
    Kyle Meng, Columbia University
  • October 23, 2012 (NY)
    "The EU ETS: Lessons and Challenges”
    Denny Ellerman, MIT emeritus
    (See PDF slides)
  • October 18, 2012 (NY)
    "Deconstructing the 'Rosenfeld Curve': Why is per capita residential energy consumption in California so low?”
    Anant Sudarshan, Harvard
  • October 11, 2012 (DC)
    "Water quality in Gasland: an analysis of the impacts of shale gas development"
    Sheila Olmstead, Resources for the Future (joint work with Lucija Muehlenbachs, Jhih-Shyang Shih, Jessica Chu, and Alan Krupnick)
  • December 1, 2011 (NY)
    "A New (Economic) Approach to Environmental Technology Standards"
    Maria Damon, NYU
  • November 17, 2011 (NY)
    "Beliefs and Identification in Dynamic Hedonic Models"
    Matthew Ranson, Harvard
  • July 28th, 2011 (DC)
    "Strategic Trading Behavior and Technology Innovation"
    Luca Taschini, LSE
  • May 26th, 2011 (DC)
    "Induced development in risky locations: fire suppression and land use in the American West"
    Sheila Olmstead, RFF
  • April 14, 2011 (NY)
    "Identifying Supply and Demand Elasticities of Agricultural Commodities: Implications for the US Ethanol Mandate" (Paper)
    Wolfram Schlenker, Columbia
  • February 11, 2011 (NY)
    "Externalizing the Internality"
    Hunt Allcott, MIT
  • February 4, 2011 (NY)
    "Energy Conservation 'Nudges' and Environmentalist Ideology: Evidence from a Randomized Residential Electricity Field Experiment"
    Matt Kahn, UCLA & NBER
  • January 6, 2011 (NY)
    "The Impact of Regulation on Green Innovation"
    Antoine Dechezleprêtre, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • December 16, 2010 (NY)
    "Do Changes in the Global Climate Generate Violence? Evidence from El Nino and Civil Conflicts since 1950"
    Solomon Hsiang, Columbia
  • October 21, 2010 (NY)
    "Allocation in environmental markets: A field experiment with tree planting contracts in Malawi"
    Kelsey Jack, Harvard
  • October 7, 2010 (NY)
    "Leveling the playing field: Border taxes on embodied carbon"
    Kirk Hamilton, The World Bank
  • May 6,  2010 (NY) (rescheduled from February 25th)
    "The Good, the Bad and the Reality of Environmental Offsets"
    Matthew Kotchen, Yale
  • February 25, 2010 (NY)
    "The Good, the Bad and the Reality of Environmental Offsets"
    Matthew Kotchen, Yale
  • February 11, 2010 (NY)
    “A Focus on Individuals to Guide Nations Towards a Low Carbon World”
    Massimo Tavoni and Shoibal Chakravarty, Princeton
  • January 28, 2010 (NY)
    "Valuing Future Costs and Benefits: A Key Issue in Climate Economics"
    Thomas Sterner, EAERE
  • January 14, 2010 (DC)
    "Information and Price Discovery with Price Controls: An Application to Carbon Markets"
    Andrew Stocking, CBO
  • January 7, 2010 (DC)
    "Climate Change and Extreme Events: Managing Catastrophic and Dependent Risks"
    Carolyn Kousky, RFF
  • November 24, 2009 (DC)
    "Social Cost of Carbon and its Regulatory Role"
    Steven Rose, EPRI
  • November 19, 2009 (NY)
    "Measuring the Impact of Climate Change on Damages from Extreme Events"
    Robert Mendelsohn, Yale
  • October 15, 2009 (DC)
    "An Analysis of Adaptation as a Response to Climate Change"
    Enrica De Cian (Bio PDF), FEEM(joint presentation with Francesco Bosello and Carlo Carraro)
  • September 10, 2009 (NY)
    "Positive Energy and Applications of Behavioral Economics to Energy Conservation"
    Hunt Allcott, MIT and NYU

Comments, questions or suggestions?

If you would like to attend one of the upcoming seminars, or have suggestions for other speakers or topics, please contact Gernot Wagner.

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