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What Can an Economist Possibly Have to Say about Climate Change?

Mar 4, 2015 04:30PM to 06:00PM

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Open to the Public
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Robert N. Stavins - Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program

Robert Stavins, the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and director of the Harvard University’s Environmental Economics Program at the Kennedy School of Government, will present a public talk titled, “What Can an Economist Possibly Have to Say about Climate Change?” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Stavins is visiting the School as part of the 2015 Dean’s Innovation Science, Technology and Environmental Policy initiative.

Stavins’ research has focused on diverse areas of environmental economics and policy, including examinations of market-based policy instruments, regulatory impact analysis, innovation and diffusion of pollution-control technologies, environmental benefit valuation, policy instrument choice under uncertainty, competitiveness effects of regulation, depletion of forested wetlands, political economy of policy instrument choice and costs of carbon sequestration.

Stavins’ is also chairman of the environment and natural resources faculty group at the Kennedy School, director of graduate studies for the doctoral program in public policy and the doctoral program in political economy and government and co-chair of the Harvard Business School-Kennedy School joint degree programs as well as director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements.

Prior to coming to Harvard, Stavins was a staff economist at the Environmental Defense Fund, and he also previously managed irrigation development in the Middle East. In addition, he spent four years working in agricultural extension in West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer.