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Cynthia Lin Lawell

Cynthia Lin Lawell to Join Faculty at Cornell University

May 26, 2017

Former HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow C.-Y. Cynthia Lin Lawell will be joining the faculty at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University on July 1, 2017 as the Rob Dyson Sesquicentennial Chair of Resource Economics.

Professor Lin Lawell received her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 2006. Her undergraduate thesis was awarded the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize, and her… Read more about Cynthia Lin Lawell to Join Faculty at Cornell University

Karl Aspelund, Shauna Theel, and Andreas Westgaard

HEEP Awards Student Prizes for 2016-2017 Academic Year

May 18, 2017

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Harvard Environmental Economics Program has, for the eighth consecutive year, awarded three prizes to Harvard University students for the best research papers addressing a topic in environmental, energy, or natural-resource economics—one prize each for an undergraduate paper or senior thesis, master’s student paper, and doctoral student paper. … Read more about HEEP Awards Student Prizes for 2016-2017 Academic Year

Why the US Should Stay in the Paris Climate Agreement

April 20, 2017

[The Boston Globe ] Ban Ki-moon and Robert N. Stavins: In the five decades since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, remarkable economic growth around the world has been accompanied by significant environmental challenges. Great progress has been made to address many of these challenges, but leaders around the world continue to struggle to address global climate change due to the accumulation of greenhouse gases.

Renewable Energy Tax Cut Rewrite May Be Uphill Battle for GOP

April 16, 2017

[The Washington Times ]...“These tax expenditures don’t represent a shift — there have been no changes in the tax provisions that deliver fossil fuel tax expenditures over the past decade — but an increase in the renewable power investment and output that qualifies for the renewable tax expenditures,” said Joseph Aldy, a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School who studies energy and tax policy.

N. Gregory Mankiw

New HEEP Faculty Fellow

April 10, 2017

N. Gregory Mankiw has been named a Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program. Mankiw is the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University. As a teacher, he has taught macroeconomics, microeconomics, statistics, and principles of economics. His research includes work on price adjustment, consumer behavior, financial markets, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth. His published articles have appeared in academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy… Read more about New HEEP Faculty Fellow

Delighted and Depressed

April 8, 2017

[Robert Stavins' blog] I’m pleased to announce that my blog website – An Economic View of the Environment – has been thoroughly cleaned and purged of the malware that had plagued it since the website was attacked in January.  That’s the source of my being delighted.

It’s probably not necessary to state that the source of my “depression” is the ongoing attack by President Trump and his administration on sensible public policy – in the environmental and energy realm, as well as so many others.  In nearly every case, the administration’s… Read more about Delighted and Depressed

Why Democrats Should Work With Trump

March 30, 2017

[The New York Times ]...Democrats should also insist that Mr. Trump put new revenue on the table, specifically an economywide carbon tax. Otherwise, it will be difficult if not impossible to finance both a comprehensive tax overhaul and the nation-building infrastructure push Mr. Trump has promised. According to the Harvard economist Joe Aldy, a $25-per-ton carbon tax going up 5 percent a year could raise from $130 to $200 billion a year by 2030. Crucially for Democrats, it would also provide a powerful, market-based alternative for the… Read more about Why Democrats Should Work With Trump

Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies

March 28, 2017

[The New York Times ]...“One of the greatest concerns is what other key countries, including China, India and Brazil, will do when the U.S. reneges on the Paris agreement,” said Robert Stavins, a professor of environmental economics at Harvard, mentioning some of the world’s other largest carbon dioxide polluters.

“The worst-case scenario is that the Paris agreement will unravel,” Mr. Stavins said. “That would be a great tragedy.”… Read more about Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies