MIT Economics doctoral students are researching a wide range of energy and environmental policy issues. Pictured above, from left to right, are Joseph Shapiro, Manasi Abhay Deshpande and Jennifer Peck.

Joseph Shapiro studies trade and the environment. His current research analyzes components of the EU Emissions Trading System, the Waxman-Markey Bill, and the global Kyoto Protocols, which regulate the CO2 emissions from transportation.

Manasi Abhay Deshpande studies the economic and health effects of environmental regulation and firm responses to regulation. She is currently working on a project on firm compliance and trading behavior in the U.S. Acid Rain Program. 

Jennifer Peck’s work focuses on the political economy of global oil markets and on the microeconomic development issues of resource-rich countries. A current line of her research explores the relationship between oil imports and domestic politics in the United States. Another evaluates the effectiveness of Saudi labor market policies in combating unemployment and encouraging the growth of the private sector.

(December 2012)