Stavins, Robert N.The Economics (and Politics) of Trump's Paris Withdrawal.” PBS NewsHour (2017). Publisher's VersionAbstract
The announcement by President Trump that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement was based neither on real science nor sound economics.
Stavins, Robert N.Goodbye Paris, Hello Nicaragua: Why Trump’s Withdrawl From The Climate Accord Is Bad For America.” WGBH News (2017). Publisher's VersionAbstract
President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement was both confused and misguided, and his justifications were, for the most part, false.
Stavins, Robert N.Will the Trump Administration Realize the Many Benefits of Paris?.” The Environmental Forum 34, no. 4 (2017): 17. column_79.pdf
Stavins, Robert N.Why Trump Pulled the U.S. Out of the Paris Accord.” Foreign Affairs (2017). Publisher's VersionAbstract
Trump’s decision to withdraw the nation from the Paris climate agreement was not based on science or sound economics, but on a confused, misguided, and simply dishonest desire to score some short-term political points with his voters. What he sacrifices in the long term will be immensely more difficult for the country to win back at the ballot box: authority, credibility, and influence.
Stavins, Robert N.California’s Climate-Change Advances Could Be Jeopardized by Ill-Conceived Senate Bill.” The Sacramento Bee (2017). Publisher's Version


Stavins, Robert N.The Evolution of Environmental Economics: A View from the Inside.” The Singapore Economic Review 62, no. 2 (2017): 251–274. Publisher's VersionAbstract

This essay provides one economist’s perspective on the two-decade evolution of the field of environmental economics, by tracing it through personal reflections on the professional path that has led to my research and writing. Also, the article summarizes the highlights of some of my research and writing during this period.



Ki-moon, Ban, and Robert N. Stavins. “Why the US Should Stay in the Paris Climate Agreement.” The Boston Globe (2017). Publisher's Version


Stavins, Robert N.Is President Trump’s Climate Policy an Oxymoron?.” The Environmental Forum 34, no. 3 (2017): 17. column_78.pdf


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