Stavins, Robert N. “Linking Tradable Permit Systems.” The Environmental Forum 25 (2008): 16. column_23.pdf


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. “A Meaningful U.s. Cap-and-Trade System to Address Climate Change.” Harvard Environmental Law Review 32 (2008): 293–371. Publisher's Version helr_cap_trade_stavins.pdf


Stavins, Robert N. “Ongoing Drivers of Wetlands Depletion.” The Environmental Forum 25 (2008): 16. column_26.pdf


Stavins, Robert N, and Lawrence H Goulder. “State Fight Against Climate Change Benefits Everyone.” The Sacramento Bee (2008). Publisher's Version


Lubowski, Ruben N, Andrew J Plantinga, and Robert N Stavins. “What Drives Land-Use Change in the United States? A National Analysis of Landowner Decisions.” Land Economics 84 (2008): 529–550. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Land-use changes involve important economic and environmental effects with implications for international trade, global climate change, wildlife, and other policy issues. We use an econometric model to identify factors driving land-use change in the United States between 1982 and 1997. We quantify the effects of net returns to alternative land uses on private landowners' decisions to allocate land among six major uses, drawing on detailed micro-data on land use and land quality that are comprehensive of the contiguous United States. This analysis provides the first evidence of the relative historical importance of markets and federal farm policies affecting land-use changes nationally. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Land Economics is the property of University of Wisconsin Press and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)



Architectures for Agreement: Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto World
Aldy, Joseph E, and Robert N Stavins, ed. Architectures for Agreement: Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto World. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.


Stavins, Robert N. “Book Review: Jancis Robinson, Tasting Pleasures – Confessions of a Wine Lover.” Journal of Wine Economics 2 (2007): 106–108. Publisher's Version tasting_pleasure_by_jancis_robinson_review_by_stavins_proof.pdf


Stavins, Robert N. “Comments on the Recommendations of the Market Advisory Committee to the California Air Resources Board, 'Recommendations for Designing a Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade System for California.” Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2007. stavins_comments_on_draft_mac_report.pdf


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. “Free GHG Cuts: Too Good to Be True? (greenhouse Gases).” The Environmental Forum 24 (2007): 16. column_18.pdf


Jaffe, Judson, and Robert N Stavins. “Linking Tradable Permit Systems for Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Opportunities, Implications, and Challenges.” Geneva, Switzerland: International Emissions Trading Association, 2007. ieta_linking_report.pdf


Stavins, Robert N. “Managing Water Demand – Price vs. Non-Price Conservation Programs.” Boston, Massachusetts: Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, 2007. pioneer_olmstead_stavins_water.pdf


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.



Olmstead, Sheila M, and Robert N Stavins. “A Meaningful Second Commitment Period for the Kyoto Protocol.” The Economist's Voice (2007): 1–6. olmstead_stavins_for_economist_voice1.pdf


Stavins, Robert N. “Misconceptions About H2O Pricing.” The Environmental Forum 24 (2007): 18. column_20.pdf


Stavins, Robert N. “Policies Can Work in Strange Ways.” The Environmental Forum 24 (2007): 16. column_16.pdf


Bennear, Lori Snyder, and Robert N Stavins. “Second-Best Theory and the Use of Multiple Policy Instruments.” Environmental and Resource Economics 37 (2007): 111–129. bennear_stavins_for_ere_revisied.pdf


Stavins, Robert N. “A Sensible Way to Cut CO2 Emissions.” The Environmental Forum 24 (2007): 18. column_21.pdf


Stavins, Robert, Judson Jaffe, and Todd Schatzki. “Too good to be true? An examination of three economic assessments of California climate change policy.” National Bureau of Economic Research, 2007. Publisher's Version too_good_to_be_true.pdf