Schmalensee, Richard, and Robert N. Stavins. “Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Experience with Cap and Trade.” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 11, no. 1 (2017): 59–79. Publisher's Version


Stavins, Robert N.California Steps Forward on Climate but Emphasizes a Poor Policy Choice.” The Environmental Forum 34, no. 2 (2017): 15. column_77.pdf


Stavins, Robert N.Onerous for Experts, IPCC Process in Danger of Becoming Politicized.” The Environmental Forum 34, no. 1 (2017): 15. column_76.pdf


Stavins, Robert N.What Does Trump’s Victory Mean for Climate Change Policy?.” PBS NewsHour, 2016. Publisher's Version


Stavins, Robert N.Goodbye to the Climate.” The New York Times, 2016, sec. Op-Ed. Publisher's VersionAbstract

If Trump lives up to his campaign rhetoric, the country’s efforts to reverse climate change will themselves be reversed....


Goulder, Lawrence H., and Robert N. Stavins. “New Emissions Targets Make Cap and Trade the Best Low-Cost, Market-Based Approach.” The Sacramento Bee, 2016. Publisher's Version


Stavins, Robert N.A Key Challenge for Sustained Success of the Paris Agreement.” The Environmental Forum 33, no. 6 (2016): 15. column_75.pdf


Stavins, Robert N.Cap-and-Trade: How California Can Lead on Climate Policy.” The Environmental Forum 33, no. 5 (2016): 15. column_74.pdf


Stavins, Robert N.The Ever-Evolving Interrelationship Between GDP and Carbon Dioxide.” The Environmental Forum 33, no. 4 (2016): 17. column_73.pdf


Stavins, Robert N.The Paris Agreement Lays a Good Foundation for Climate Progress.” The Environmental Forum 33, no. 3 (2016): 13. column_72.pdf


Stavins, Robert N.The Paris Agreement – A Good Foundation for Meaningful Progress.” Green Fiscal Policy Network Newsletter, no. 4 (2016): 1–4. Publisher's Version


Stavins, Robert N.State’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Doesn’t Cut Net Emissions.” Capitol Weekly (2016). Publisher's Version


Stavins, Robert N.Trade Talks Can Follow Path of Paris Climate Change Agreement.” The Environmental Forum 33 (2016): 15. column_71.pdf


Chan, Gabriel, Carlo Carraro, Ottmar Edenhofer, Charles Kolstad, and Robert Stavins. “Reforming the IPCC’s Assessment of Climate Change Economics.” Climate Change Economics 7 (2016). Publisher's VersionAbstract

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is broadly viewed as the world’s most legitimate scientific assessment body that periodically assesses the economics of climate change (among many other topics) for policy audiences. However, growing procedural inefficiencies and limitations to substantive coverage have made the IPCC an increasingly unattractive forum for the most qualified climate economists. Drawing on our observations and personal experience working on the most recent IPCC report, published last year, we propose four reforms to the IPCC’s process that we believe will lower the cost for volunteering as an IPCC author: improving interactions between governments and academics, making IPCC operations more efficient, clarifying and strengthening conflict of interest rules, and expanding outreach. We also propose three reforms to the IPCC’s substantive coverage to clarify the IPCC’s role and to make participation as an author more intellectually rewarding: complementing the IPCC with other initiatives, improving the integration of economics with other disciplines, and providing complete data for policymakers to make decisions. Despite the distinct characteristics of the IPCC that create challenges for authors unlike those in any other review body, we continue to believe in the importance of the IPCC for providing the most visible line of public communication between the scholarly community and policymakers.



Stavins, Robert N.Are the Pope’s Critiques of Markets on Point or Somewhat Misguided?.” The Environmental Forum 33 (2016): 15. column_70.pdf


Stavins, Robert N.From the Science to the Economics and Politics of Climate Change: An Introduction.” In Our World and Us: How Our Environment and Our Societies Will Change, edited by Katinka Barysch, 20–36. Munich, Germany: Allianz Group, 2015. stavins_allianz_book_chapter.pdf


Stavins, Robert N.COP21 is Still on Track as Countries Drop Their More Unfeasible Ambitions.” The Conversation, 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Progress is being made at the Paris climate talks, as negotiators being to accept the limits of what can and can't be delivered.


Stavins, Robert N.A Five-Point Scorecard That Predicts Success at the Paris Climate Talks.” The Conversation, 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

I returned from a brief trip to Paris two days before the horrific events of November 13, which shocked and saddened civilised people everywhere. I was in Paris for discussions regarding climate change…


Stavins, Robert N.Thanks to Paris, We Have a Foundation for Meaningful Climate Progress.” The Conversation, 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The Paris deal has laid the foundations for real global progress on climate change. On that score, it must be judged a huge success.


Lawrence, Robert, and Robert N. Stavins. “What the WTO Can Learn from Paris Climate Talks.” The Boston Globe (2015). Publisher's VersionAbstract

Negotiators for the discussions to take place in Nairobi should emulate the progress made in the climate change agreements.