Energy Policy and Environmental Economics

May 17–18, 2018

The workshop is of primary interest to Northeast scholars involved in research in energy policy and environmental economics. A set of papers will be presented on a variety of topics reflecting the latest advances in energy and environmental economics.

The workshop will feature plenary sessions with papers with individual presentations, a discussant, and audience discussion. In addition, we will include a few short presentations by graduate students, giving an opportunity to sketch out an area of their current research and highlight some central findings.

The conference organizers are Geoffrey Heal (Columbia), Erin Mansur (Dartmouth), Kenneth Gillingham (Yale), Shanjun Li (Cornell) and Joe Aldy (Harvard). This workshop is the latest in a series of occasional Northeast Workshops, most recently held at Yale, Cornell and Dartmouth.

If you have questions, please reach out to Geoffrey Heal at [email protected].

Agenda: May 17

8:30–9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

9:00–10:00 a.m.

Do Pilot Projects Alter Non-Participant Behavior? Evidence From A Green Building Standard

  • By Christopher J. Blackburn, Mallory E. Flowers, Daniel C. Matisoff, and Juan Moreno-Cruz
  • Discussant: Wolfram Schlenker
10:00–11:00 a.m.

Payments for Environmental Services Supported Social Capital While Increasing Land Management

  • By Jennifer M. Alix-Garcia, Katharine R.E. Sims, Victor Hugo Orozco Olvera, Laura Costica, Jorge David Fernandez Medina, and Sofía Romo Monroy
  • Discussant: Richard Sweeney
11:00–11:30 a.m.


    11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

    Environmental Policy, Full-Employment Models, and Employment: A Critical Analysis

    • By Marc A. C. Hafstead, Roberton C. Williams III, and Yunguang Chen
    12:00–12:30 p.m.

    Demanding Innovation: The Impact of Consumer Subsidies on Solar Panel Production Costs

    • By Todd Gerarden
    12:30–1:30 p.m.


    1:30–2:30 p.m.

    Crowding in With Joint Production of a Public Good: Evidence From Volunteerism in National Parks

    • By Matthew J. Kotchen and Katherine Wagner
    • Discussant: Scott Barrett
    2:30–3:00 p.m.

    Coal Demand, Market Forces, and US Coal Mine Closures

    • By Brett Jordan, Ian Lange, and Joshua Linn
    3:00–3:30 p.m.

    General Bayesian Learning in Dynamic Stochastic Models: Estimating the Value of Science Policy

    • By Ivan Rudik, Maxwell Rosenthal, and Derek Lemoine
    3:30–4:00 p.m.


    4:00–4:30 p.m.

    The Environmental and Distributional Consequences of Emissions Markets: Evidence From the Clean Air Interstate Rule

    • By Mehdi Benatiya Andaloussi and Elisabeth Thuestad Isaksen
    4:30–5:00 p.m.

    International Environmental Agreements and Directed Technological Change: Evidence From the Ozone Regime

    • By Eugenie Dugoua
    6:30 p.m.


    Agenda: May 18

    8:00–8:30 a.m.

    Breakfast and Registration

    8:30–9:30 a.m.

    Pollution Offshoring and Infant Health: The Case of Battery Recycling

    • By Shinsuke Tanaka, Kensuke Teshima, and Eric Verhoogen
    • Discussant: Cynthia Lin Lawell
    9:30–10:30 a.m.

    Short- and Long-run Impacts of Environmental Regulations on Firm Productivity: Evidence From the U.S. Electricity Sector, 1938-1999

    • By Karen Clay, Akshaya Jha, Joshua Lewis, and Edson Severnini
    • Discussant: Becka Brolinson
    10:30–11:00 a.m.

    Variances: Regulatory Flexibility for Good or for Ill

    • By Dietrich Earnhart, Sarah Jacobson, Yusuke Kuwayama, and Richard Woodward
    11:00–11:15 a.m.


    11:15–11:45 a.m.

    A Structural Econometric Model of the Dynamic Game Between Petroleum Producers in the World Petroleum Market

    • Khaled H. Kheiravar, C.-Y. Cynthia Lin Lawell, and Amy Myers Jaffe
    11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

    Adoption of Hybrid Corn Reduced Heat Sensitivity and Increased Drought Tolerance

    • By Claire Palandri, David Popp, and Wolfram Schlenker
    12:15–1:00 p.m.


    1:00–2:00 p.m.

    Coercive Trade Agreements for Supplying Public Goods

    • By Astrid Dannenberg and Scott Barrett
    • Discussant: Joe Aldy
    2:00–2:30 p.m.

    The Electric Gini: Income Redistribution Through Energy Prices

    • By Arik Levinson and Emilson Silva
    2:30–3:00 p.m.

    Network Externality and Subsidy Structure in Two-Sided Markets: Evidence From Electric Vehicle Incentives

    • Katalin Springel
    3:00–3:15 p.m.


    3:15–3:45 p.m.

    Individual Discount Rates During the Great Depression: Evidence From Firewood Prices in Portland, Oregon

    • By Nicholas Z. Muller
    3:45–4:15 p.m.

    The Effects of Climate on Leisure Demand: Evidence From North America

    • By Nathan W. Chan and Casey J. Wichman