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Current Presentations

THE WORLD KLEMS INITIATIVE, at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow,  Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

World Economic Growth – Retrospect and Prospect, at The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC,  Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Presentation at the Growth Prospects and Fragilities in the Global Economy Conference.

THE INTERMEDIATE-TERM OUTLOOK FOR U.S. ECONOMIC GROWTH: Lessons from Postwar History, at the Future of U.S. Economic Growth Conference at the Cato Institute, Washington, D.C., Thursday, December 4, 2014. Presentation for the panel discussion of "Forecasting the Long-Term Growth Outlook." (video)

Samuel W. Morris University Professor

Dale Jorgenson’s research includes information technology and economic growth, energy and the environment, tax policy and investment behavior, and applied econometrics. His most recent book, Double Dividend: Environmental Taxes and Fiscal Reform in the United States, co-authored with Richard Goettle, Mun Ho, and Peter Wilcoxen and published by The MIT Press in 2013, designs environmental taxes to improve economic performance and enhance environmental quality. An earlier book, Technology and the American Growth Resurgence, co-authored with Mun Ho and Kevin Stiroh and published by The MIT Press in 2005, led to establishment of the World KLEMS Initiative at Harvard in 2010 to provide international comparisons of productivity at the industry level. Results for more than forty countries were presented at the Third World KLEMS Conference, held in Tokyo, Japan, in May 2014.

Office Address:
Littauer Center 122

EMail: djorgens@fas.harvard.edu
Tel: 617-495-4661
Fax: 617-495-4660

Office Hours:
Mondays, 2-4 p.m.  (by appointment)

Staff Support:
Trina Ott
EMail: ott@fas.harvard.edu
Tel: 617-496-3293

Harvard Magazine, Sept. -Oct. 2014

Time to Tax Carbon
Enhancing environmental quality and economic growth

Next year, representatives from nations around the world will meet in Paris to discuss a global climate-change agreement that would take effect in 2020. Central to those discussions will be setting a price on carbon and its equivalents—a figure that captures the social costs of releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The impacts of those emissions range from the health effects of burning fossil fuels, to inundation and adaptation of coastal cities threatened by rising seas, to extinction of plant and animal species as a consequence of rapidly changing environmental conditions. These costs amount to nearly $1.6 trillion annually worldwide, based on Yale scholars’ estimates of the damages at $44 per metric ton of CO2 and 2013 emissions of 36 billion metric tons.

As the no doubt fraught scientific and political discussion in the French capital nears, the work of Morris University Professor Dale Jorgenson, an economist known for his ability to marry theory and practice, is  especially important. (Read More)