Stavins, Robert N. “CSR Through an Economic Lens.(corporate Social Responsibility).” The Environmental Forum 25 (2008): 16. column_25.pdf


Stavins, Robert N. “Enviro Justice and Cap-and-Trade.” The Environmental Forum 25 (2008): 20. column_24.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. “Land-Use Change and Carbon Sinks.” The Environmental Forum 25 (2008): 16. column_27.pdf


Jaffe, Judson, and Robert N Stavins. “Linkage of Tradable Permit Systems in International Climate Policy Architecture.” Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, 2008. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Cap-and-trade systems have emerged as the preferred national and regional instrument for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases throughout the industrialized world, and the Clean Development Mechanism — an international emission-reduction-credit system — has developed a substantial constituency, despite some concerns about its performance. Because linkage between tradable permit systems can reduce compliance costs and improve market liquidity, there is great interest in linking cap-and-trade systems to each other, as well as to the CDM and other credit systems. We examine the benefits and concerns associated with various types of linkages, and analyze the near-term and long-term role that linkage may play in a future international climate policy architecture. In particular, we evaluate linkage in three potential roles: as an independent bottom-up architecture, as a step in the evolution of a top-down architecture, and as an ongoing element of a larger climate policy agreement. We also assess how the policy elements of climate negotiations can facilitate or impede linkages. Our analysis throughout is both positive and normative.



Jaffe, Judson, and Robert N Stavins. “Linking a U.S. Cap-and-Trade System for Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Opportunities, Implications, and Challenges.” Washington, D.C. AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, 2008. aei-brookings_epri_paper.pdf


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