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Good News for Incentive-Based Conservation: New Study Finds that Paying Communities for Forest Management Activities Supports Social Relationships

June 16, 2018

Research by economists at Amherst College and Oregon State University is the first to study the social capital impacts of a national-scale, globally relevant forest conservation incentives program.

(AMHERST, Mass., June 16, 2018) — Paying communities to conserve and manage their jointly owned property doesn’t just benefit the environment—it strengthens social relationships and a sense of community within those areas as well, according to new research led by professors Katharine Sims of Amherst College and Jennifer Alix-Garcia of...

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2018 HEEP paper prize winners

HEEP Awards Student Prizes for 2017-2018 Academic Year

May 16, 2018

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program has, for the ninth 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. Each prize was accompanied by a monetary award. The Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP) is a University-wide initiative based in the...

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Saying No to Energy Savings. Economics is Helping to Explain the Energy-Efficiency Gap.

December 18, 2017

Whether replacing a light bulb or buying a car, investing in energy-efficient products can help people to reduce their carbon footprint while saving money. So why do consumers still opt for energy-inefficient goods?

In a new paper in the December issue of the Journal of Economic Literature, co-authors Todd Gerarden,...

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HEEP Director with Current and Former Pre-Doctoral Fellows Publish Article on Energy-Efficiency Gap

December 11, 2017

Robert Stavins, HEEP Director, Todd Gerarden, HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow, and Richard Newell, former HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow, co-authored an article published in December 2017 in the Journal of Economic Literature, titled “Assessing the Energy-Efficiency Gap.” Mr. Gerarden is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School; Dr. Newell received his Ph.D. in Public Policy in...

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