William Pizer

William Pizer

Harvard University Center for the Environment Visiting Scholar (April 2008)
Associate Professor of Public Policy, Economics and Environment at the Sanford School at Duke University
William Pizer was the third Harvard University Center for the Environment Visiting Scholar. He was hosted during his visit by Prof. Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program. Dr. Pizer (PhD ’96) delivered a brown bag talk entitled, “Let's Get Serious about Climate Change Policy: What's Really Achievable at What Cost?” as part of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government’s New Directions in Regulation seminar. At Resources for the Future Pizer's research seeks to quantify how the design of environmental policy affects costs and effectiveness. Specific research has focused on the aggregate level and distribution of these costs; uncertainty about cost; technological change; banking, trading and other flexibility mechanisms; and valuation over long time horizons. He applies much of this work to the question of how to design and implement policies to reduce the threat of climate change caused by man-made emissions of greenhouse gases. Currently, he is working on projects that look at the effectiveness of voluntary programs, the role of technology programs in pollution control efforts, and the effect of regulation on competitiveness.

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