Chapters in Books

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.Linkage of Regional, National, and Sub-National Policies in a Future International Climate Agreement.” In Towards a Workable and Effective Climate Regime, 283–296. London, U.K. Center for Economic Policy Research, 2015. stavins_linkage_for_barrett_book.pdf


Stavins, Robert, Ji Zou, Thomas Brewer, Mariana Conte Grand, Michel den Elzen, Michael Finus, Joyeeta Gupta, et al.International cooperation: Agreements & instruments.” In Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, edited by Ottmar Edenhofer, Ramon Pichs-Madruga, Youba Sokona, Ellie Farahani, Susanne Kadner, Kristin Seyboth, Anna Adler, et al.. Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press, 2015. ipcc_wg3_ar5_final-draft_postplenary_chapter13.pdf


Stavins, Robert N, and With Coordinating Lead Authors Lead all other plus selected Authors. “Summary for Policymakers.” In Climate Change 2014: Mitigation, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Fifth Assessment Report, Working Group III, 2015. ipcc_wg3_ar5_summary-for-policymakers_approved.pdf


Stavins, Robert N, and Joseph E Aldy. “Designing the Post‑Kyoto Climate Regime.” In A New Global Covenant: Protection without Protectionism, edited by Mary H Kaldor and Joseph E Stiglitz, 205-230. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. desiging_the_post-kyoto_climate_regime_aldy_stavins.pdf


Stavins, Robert N. “Navigating a Two-Way Street Between Academia and the Policy World.” In Introduction to Economics of Climate Change and Environmental Policy: Selected Papers of Robert N. Stavins, Volume II, 2000-2011. Northampton, Massachusetts: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc. 2013. stavins_introduction_selected_papers_2.pdf


Stavins, Robert N, and Lawrence H Goulder. “Interactions between State and Federal Climate Change Policies.” In The Design and Implementation of U.S. Climate Policy, edited by Don Fullerton and Catherine Wolfram, 109–121. Cambridge, Massachusetts: National Bureau of Economic Research, 2012. goulder_stavins_for_nber_climate_policy_book.pdf


Stavins, Robert N. “Towards a Post-Kyoto International Climate Policy Regime.” In Beyond Copenhagen: A Climate Policymaker's Handbook, edited by Juan Delgado and Stephen Gardner, 53–62. Brussels, Belgium: Bruegel Books, 2009. aldy_stavins_bruegel_book_chapter.pdf


Stavins, Robert N. “Environmental Economics.” In The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, edited by Steven N Durlauf and Lawrence Blume. 2nd ed. Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. environmental-economics.pdf


Stavins, Robert N. “An International Policy Architecture for the Post-Kyoto Era.” In Global Warming: Looking Beyond Kyoto, edited by Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León, 145–153. Washington, D.C. Brookings Institution Press, 2008.Abstract

"Comprehensive examination of the economic, social, and political context of climate policy in industrialized and developing nations. Calls for a multilateral approach that goes beyond the mitigation-focused Kyoto policies and stresses the importance of generating policies that work within a time frame commensurate with that of climate change itself"–Provided by publisher.



Stavins, Robert N, and Sheila M Olmstead. “A Meaningful Second Commitment Period for the Kyoto Protocol.” In The Economists' Voice: Top Economists Take on Today's Problems, edited by Joseph E Stiglitz, Aaron S Edlin, and Bradford J Delong, 28–36. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008.Abstract

From the Publisher: In this valuable resource, more than thirty of the world's top economists offer innovative policy ideas and insightful commentary on our most pressing economic issues, such as global warming, the global economy, government spending, Social Security, tax reform, real estate, and political and social policy, including an extensive look at the economics of capital punishment, welfare reform, and the recent presidential elections. Contributors are Nobel Prize winners, former presidential advisers, well-respected columnists, academics, and practitioners from across the political spectrum. Joseph E. Stiglitz takes a hard look at the high cost of the Iraq War; Nobel Laureates Kenneth Arrow, Thomas Schelling, and Stiglitz provide insight and advice on global warming; Paul Krugman demystifies Social Security; Bradford DeLong presents divergent views on the coming dollar crisis; Diana Farrell reconsiders the impact of U.S. offshoring; Michael J. Boskin distinguishes what is "sense" and what is "nonsense" in discussions of federal deficits and debt; and Ronald I. McKinnon points out the consequences of the deindustrialization of America. Additional essays question whether welfare reform was successful and explore the economic consequences of global warming and the rebuilding of New Orleans. They describe how a simple switch in auto insurance policy could benefit the environment; unravel the dangers of an unchecked housing bubble; and investigate the mishandling of the lending institutions Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Balancing empirical data with economic theory, The Economists' Voice proves that the unique perspective of the economist is a vital one for understanding today's world.



Stavins, Robert N, and RL Revesz. “Environmental Law.” In Handbook of Law and Economics, edited by Mitchell A Polinsky and Steven Shavell, 1:499–589. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Science, 2007.Abstract

Law can be viewed as a body of rules and legal sanctions that channel behavior in socially desirable directions for example, by encouraging individuals to take proper...



Stavins, Robert N. “Market-Based Environmental Policies: What Can We Learn From U.S. Experience (and Related Research)?” In Moving to Markets in Environmental Regulation: Lessons from Twenty Years of Experience, edited by Jody Freeman and Charles D Kolstad, 19–47. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.Abstract

Over the last decade, market-based incentives have become the regulatory tool of choice when trying to solve difficult environmental problems. Evidence of their dominance can be seen in recent proposals for addressing global warming (through an emissions trading scheme in the Kyoto Protocol) and for amending the Clean Air Act (to add a new emissions trading systems for smog precursors and mercury–the Bush administration's "Clear Skies" program). They are widely viewed as more efficient than traditional command and control regulation. This collection of essays takes a critical look at this question, and evaluates whether the promises of market-based regulation have been fulfilled.



Stavins, Robert N. “Implications of the U.S. Experience with Market-Based Environment Strategies for Future Climate Policy.” In Emissions Trading for Climate Policy: US and European Perspectives, edited by Bernd Hansjürgens, 63–77. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.Abstract

Review: "The 1997 Kyoto Conference introduced emissions trading as a new policy instrument for climate protection. Bringing together scholars in the fields of economics, political science, and law, this book provides a description, analysis, and evaluation of different aspects of emissions trading as an instrument to control greenhouse gases. The authors analyse theoretical aspects of regulatory instruments for climate policy, provide an overview of US experience with market-based instruments, draw lessons from existing trading schemes for the control of greenhouse gases, and discuss options for emissions trading in climate policy. They also highlight the background of climate policy and instrument choice in the USA and Europe, and of the emerging new systems in Europe, particularly the new EU directive for a CO[subscript 2] emissions trading system."–Jacket.



Jaffe, Adam B, Richard G Newell, and Robert N Stavins. “Economics of Energy Efficiency.” In Encyclopedia of Energy, edited by Cutler J Cleveland, 2:79–90. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2004. encyclopedia_of_energy_2004.pdf


Stavins, Robert N. “Environmental Protection and Economic Well-Being: How Does (and How Should) Government Balance These Two Important Values?” In Tackling the Critical Conundrum: How Do Business, Government and Media Balance Economic Growth and a Healthy Environment? edited by John A Riggs, 43–56. Washington, D.C. The Aspen Institute, 2004. aspen_paper_published_jan_2004.pdf


Stavins, Robert N. “Introduction.” In The Political Economy of Environmental Regulation. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, Mass: Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc. 2004. introduction_to_political_economy_of_environmental_regulation.pdf


Jaffe, Adam B, Richard G Newell, and Robert N Stavins. “Technology Policy for Energy and the Environment.” In Innovation Policy and the Economy, edited by Adam B Jaffe, Josh Lerner, and Scott Stern, 4:35–68. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press for the National Bureau of Economic Research, 2004. technology_policy_for_energy_and_environment.pdf


Stavins, Robert N. “Experience with Market-Based Environmental Policy Instruments.” In Handbook of Environmental Economics, edited by Karl-Göran Mäler and Jeffrey Vincent, I:355–435. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Science, 2003. handbook_chapter_on_mbi.pdf


Jaffe, Adam B, Richard G Newell, and Robert N Stavins. “Technological Change and the Environment.” In Handbook of Environmental Economics, Vol. 1, edited by K-G Mäler and JR Vincent, 1:461–516. Amsterdam and Boston: Elsevier Science B.V. 2003.Abstract

Environmental policy discussions increasingly focus on issues related to technological change. This is partly because the environmental consequences of social activity are frequently affected by the rate and direction of technological change, and partly because environmental policy interventions can themselves create constraints and incentives that have significant effects on the path of technological progress. This chapter summarizes current thinking on technological change in the broader economics literature, surveys the growing economic literature on the interaction between technology and the environment, and explores the normative implications of these analyses. We begin with a brief overview of the economics of technological change, and then examine theory and empirical evidence on invention, innovation, and diffusion and the related literature on the effects of environmental policy on the creation of new, environmentally friendly technology. We conclude with suggestions for further research on technological change and the environment.