Applied Environmental Economics Seminars

Our Applied Environmental Economics Seminar Series 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, February 16th, 2017 (NY)
    “The Impact of Air Pollution on Medical Expenditures: Evidence from Spending on Chronic Respiratory Conditions”
    Austin Williams, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 (NY)
    “The Effects of Bat Population Losses on Infant Mortality through Pesticide Use in the U.S.”
    Eyal Frank, Columbia University
  • Monday, February 13th, 2017 (NY)
    “Air Pollution as a Cause of Violent Crime: Evidence from Los Angeles and Chicago”
    Evan Herrnstadt, Harvard University
  • Friday, February 3rd, 2017 (NY)
    “Effects of weather on daily school attendance decisions and academic performance”
    Laura Villalobos-Fiatt, Gothenburg University
  • Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 (NY)
    “Compliance, Efficiency, and Instrument Choice: Evidence from Air Pollution Control in China”
    Thomas Stoerk, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 (NY)
    “Technical Change and Gender Wage Inequality: Long-Run Effects of India’s Green Revolution”
    Anthony D’Agostino, Columbia University
  • Thursday, September 29th, 2016 (Boston)
    “Compatibility and Investment in the U.S. Electric Vehicle Market”
    Jing Li, Harvard University
  • Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 (NY)
    “The Environmental Implications of Distributed Energy Resources - Estimating Marginal Emission Rates for Bulk Electric Systems”
    Nicholas Martin, PACE University
  • Friday, September 9th, 2016 (Boston)
    “Federal Coal Program Reform, the Clean Power Plan, and the Interaction of Upstream and Downstream Climate Policies”
    James Stock, Harvard University
  • Thursday, September 8th, 2016 (NY)
    “The Non-Abatement of Methane Leaks”
    Lucija Muehlenbachs, University of Calgary
  • Thursday, August 4th, 2016 (NY)
    “Bayesian Learning and Regulatory Deterrence: Evidence from Oil & Gas Production”
    Peter Maniloff, Colorado School of Mines
  • Friday, March 25th, 2016 (NY)
    “Strategic Response to Environmental Regulation: Theory, and Evidence from the U.S. Freight Truck Industry”
    Katherine Rittenhouse, EDF
  • Friday, February 26th, 2016 (NY)
    “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Three Key Policy Concerns Related to Fracking”
    Chuck Mason, University of Wyoming
  • Thursday, December 17th, 2015 (NY)
    “Strategic social cost of carbon”
    Matthew Kotchen, Yale University
  • Thursday, November 19th, 2015 (NY)
    “The Welfare Effects of Nudges” (joint with Judd Kessler/Wharton) and “Measuring the Welfare Effects of Energy Efficiency Programs” (joint with Michael Greenstone/Chicago)
    Hunt Allcott, New York University
  • Thursday, October 29th, 2015 (Boston)
    “Who Bears the Burden of Energy Taxes? The Critical Role of Pass-Through”
    Sam Stolper, Harvard University
  • Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 (NY)
    “The Norwegian Electric vehicle experience”
    Mads Greaker, Statistics Norway
  • Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 (NY)
    “Innovation in the EU ETS – Have design deficiencies hindered the scheme’s capacity to stimulate innovation and drive technological change”
    Peter Clinch, University College Dublin
  • Thursday, June 18th, 2015 (NY)
    “The road to and from Paris”
    Carlo Carraro, University of Venice
  • Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 (NY)
    “Competing regimes for global energy governance: China’s emergence in international power finance”
    Phillip Hannan, Princeton University
  • Thursday, April 30th, 2015 (Boston)
    “Belt and Suspenders and More: The Incremental Impact of Energy Efficiency Subsidies in the Presence of Existing Policy Instruments” (joint with Sebastien Houde)
    Joseph E. Aldy, Harvard University
  • Thursday, March 26th, 2015 (NY)
    “Design and Enforcement of Environmental Regulation in India”
    Nicholas Ryan, Yale
  • Monday, March 16th, 2015 (NY)
    “Air pollution and perception-based averting behavior in the Jinchuan mining area, China”
    Henk Folmer, University of Groningen
  • Thursday, February 26th, 2015 (DC)
    Energy Price Reform: A Guide for Policymakers [PDF]“(with Chandara Veung and Dirk Heine)
    Ian Parry, IMF
  • Thursday, January 8th, 2015 (London, via vcon)
    “Knowledge spillovers from clean technologies” (joint with Ralf Martin and Myra Mohnen)
    Antoine Dechezleprêtre, London School of Economics
  • Thursday, December 4th, 2014 (NY)
    “Forest law enforcement through district blacklisting in the Brazilian Amazon” (joint with S. Zhou and E. Cisneros)
    Jan Börner, University of Bonn
  • 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)
    “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

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