Robert StavinsRobert N. Stavins is the A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, Director of Graduate Studies for the Doctoral Program in Public Policy and the Doctoral Program in Political Economy and Government, Co-Chair of the Harvard Business School-Kennedy School Joint Degree Programs, and Director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements.

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Aldy, Joseph E., and Robert N. Stavins. “Rolling the Dice in the Corridors of Power: William Nordhaus's Impacts on Climate Change Policy.” Harvard Environmental Economics Program Discussion Paper Series (2020).Abstract
The seminal contributions of William Nordhaus to scholarship on the long-run macroeconomics of global climate change are clear. Much more challenging to identify are the impacts of Nordhaus and his research on public policy in this domain. We examine three conceptually distinct pathways for that influence: his personal participation in the policy world; his research’s direct contribution to the formulation and evaluation of public policy; and his research’s indirect role informing public policy. Many of the themes that emerge in this assessment of the contributions of one of the most important economists to have worked in the domain of climate change analysis apply more broadly to the roles played by other leading economists in this and other policy domains.

My Blog: An Economic View of the Environment

Environmental Insights Podcast

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Roles and Responsibilities

A. J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development, Harvard Kennedy School

Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program

Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Director of Graduate Studies for Ph.D. in Public Policy, and Political Economy & Government

Co-Chair, HKS/HBS Joint Degree Program

Faculty Chair, Exec Ed Course Climate Change & Energy: Policy Making for the Long Term

University Fellow, Resources for the Future

Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research

Co-Editor, The Journal of Wine Economics

Conversations on Climate Change and Energy Policy

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements is conducting a series of virtual forums addressing key issues in climate-change and related energy policy. Each forum will feature an expert guest and will be moderated by Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Project, or another Harvard faculty member. We hope you can join us!

Next Scheduled Event:

Monday, October 19, 2020
9:00 – 10:00 am (U.S./Canada Eastern Time)

Joe Aldy

Joseph Aldy

"Greening Economic Stimulus: Lessons from the 2009 Recovery Act"

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The COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated an economic crisis in the United States and around the world. Once the public health risk is managed, the U.S. economy will likely face its highest unemployment rate and largest shortfall of economic activity since the Great Depression. Other economies across the world are likewise suffering through significant economic contractions that necessitate economic recovery programs. Environmental stakeholders, the heads of the International Monetary Fund and the International Energy Agency, and major politicians have called for the greening of future economic stimulus so that it simultaneously promotes job creation and addresses the climate crisis. Drawing from the lessons learned from the unprecedented U.S. spending on clean energy in the 2009 Recovery Act – from first-hand experience negotiating these provisions with Congress as a member of President Obama’s transition team, overseeing their implementation in practice at the White House, and conducting and synthesizing academic research on their performance – Joe Aldy will explore the potential design of and prospects for climate-oriented economic stimulus.


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