Misguided economic forces are the root of most environmental problems. That’s why EDF’s Office of Economics and Policy Analysis (OEPA) works to advance policies that make market forces work for – rather than against – the environment.
Our work is guided by two closely linked missions:
- Program support: We work closely with all of EDF’s programs to ensure their work is based on sound economics and policy design.
- Thought Leadership: Through research and analysis, we work to strengthen economics throughout EDF, as well as with lawmakers, policymakers and other stakeholders throughout the environmental community.
Our staff has deep expertise in climate and energy policy, though we also work on issues related to ecosystems and oceans.
The OEPA hosts regular seminars on key issues in domestic and international environmental policy as part of our Applied Environmental Economic Seminar forum.
Examples of OEPA’s recent work and publications can be found on this page. In addition to the projects the OEPA focuses on, economic approaches strengthen EDF’s work across all of our program areas.
Our environmental markets experts
Economics Advisory Council
We’ve tapped the best minds available to help us expand our impact. The council is comprised of top academics, applied policy economists and practitioners.
The Office of Economics and Policy Analysis is making an impact in EDF’s core areas.
- Nature: “Push renewables to spur carbon pricing,” Gernot Wagner, Katherine Rittenhouse, and Thomas Sterner.
September 3, 2015
- Crain’s New York: “Smart energy policy deserves advanced meters,” Beia Spiller.
May 12, 2015
- “Stakeholders Gather to Discuss How Time-Variant Electricity Pricing Can Work in New York,” Beia Spiller.
April 8, 2015
- NY REV Forum
March 31, 2015
- “The Rebound Effect and Energy Efficiency Policy”
Gernot Wagner. [PDF version]
- Climate impacts of heavy duty natural gas trucks, Jonathan Camuzeaux, Ramón Alvarez, Susanne Brooks, Thomas Sterner.
- Wall Street Journal: “Trucks Powered by Natural Gas: Help or Hindrance to Emissions-Reduction Efforts?”
May 19, 2015
- Methane leakage modeling tool
- Joint comments on the use of the Social Cost of Carbon to assess the costs and benefits of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. More at costofcarbon.org.
Updated: January 15, 2016
- Philosophical Transactions: “Climate Sensitivity Uncertainty: When is Good News Bad?,” Gernot Wagner.
- Review of Environmental Economics and Policy: “An Introduction to the Green Paradox: The Unintended Consequences of Climate Policies,” Kristina Mohlin, Thomas Sterner.
November 4, 2015
- Review of Environmental Economics and Policy: “Reflections—Managing Uncertain Climates: Some Guidance for Policy Makers and Researchers,”
Frank J. Convery and Gernot Wagner.
- New York Times: “Pluses and Minuses of a Carbon Tax,” Nathaniel Keohane, Gernot Wagner.
Letter to the editor
June 15, 2015
- Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet
Gernot Wagner, Princeton University Press.
February 22, 2015
- Nature Climate Change: “A Balance of ‘bottom-up’ and ‘top-down’ in Linking Climate Policies,” Thomas Sterner, Gernot Wagner.
November 26, 2014
- “Additionality, GHG Offsets, and Avoiding Grassland Conversion in the Prairie Pothole Region,” Jeremy Proville.