Russia and the Post-Paris World: A New Energy Landscape?

In a new CEEPR working paper, the authors find that climate-related actions outside of Russia decrease Russia’s energy exports and lower Russia’s GDP growth rate. The paper offers suggestions for key elements of the Post-Paris strategy, including diversification of economy, moving to low-carbon energy, and investing in human capital development.

Helping Mexico Design an Effective Climate Policy

MIT researchers are working with the Mexican government on carbon pricing options to meet the country’s climate goals under the Paris Agreement. For further reading please visit the MIT News site here.

Linking Heterogeneous Climate Policies (Consistent with the Paris Agreement)

International linkage of climate policies can play an important role in ensuring adequate climate ambition under the Paris Agreement. A new Working Paper looks at the opportunities for – and barriers to – linkage of heterogeneous regional, national and subnational climate policies.

New Study Finds Expected Savings from School Energy Efficiency Upgrade Outpace Actual Returns

Innovative study finds energy efficiency investments made at California public schools may not provide as much benefit as officials expected.

Fuel-efficient Cars Often Paired with Gas Guzzlers, Study Finds

A study released Tuesday by economists at UC Davis, Yale, and MIT shows that families who own fuel-efficient cars tend to buy big, powerful gas guzzlers as their second vehicle, largely defeating the purpose of the little petrol sippers in their garages.

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Sep 15, 2017

Replacing Coal by Gas: An Effective Strategy to Reduce CO2 Emissions?

Now more than ever, natural gas is hoped to effectively help shale gas producing regions reduce their CO2 emissions, by largely replacing their coal energy input. At the same time, the domestic...

Aug 17, 2017

Black Carbon Problems in Transportation

Black carbon particulates in “soot” emissions have significant detrimental impacts on public health, climate change and food production; and diesel engines in the transportation sector are a major...

Jul 17, 2017

The Behavioral Effect of Pigovian Regulation: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Market-­based regulation, and in particular Pigovian taxes/subsidies, have the potential to make consumers internalize socially harmful external effects associated with their choices. Recent...

May 9, 2017

Modeling Unit Commitment in Political Context

Electricity sector restructuring processes can undergo long, protracted transition periods that are not well-captured in typical power systems operation models. We create a tractable dispatch...

Apr 13, 2017

Early Nuclear Retirements in Deregulated U.S. Markets

U.S. nuclear reactors have been retiring at an unprecedented pace for the last few years. Tens of gigawatts of zero-emission nuclear capacity are now at risk of retiring prematurely, before the end...

Mar 21, 2017

A Green Bargain? Impacts of an Energy Saving Program on China's Iron and Steel Industry

The impact of environmental regulation on firm productivity has been long been debated, however, mainly for western economies and with limited firm-level evidence. We study the impact of a...

Mar 17, 2017

Tropical Forests, Tipping Points, and the Social Cost of Deforestation

The existence of a forest-savanna tipping point implies that changes in forest resilience affect the marginal economic value of a standing forest. We propose a new framework for calculating the...

Mar 17, 2017

When Do States Disrupt Industries? Electric Cars in Germany and the United States

When do states drive green industrial change? We show that in mature industries with powerful incumbents the ability of the state to organize private interests in support of technological change is...

Feb 10, 2017

Anticipation and Environmental Regulation

Environmental standards can affect new-equipment sales and used-equipment retirements. We identify two additional effects, of anticipation, on the flow and stock of regulated equipment, and discuss...

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