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Thu, 11/17/2016

Most people would agree that energy is fundamental to economic growth. And at the macroeconomic level, the correlation between...

Thu, 10/20/2016

Energy efficiency has become a pillar of government policy in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy supply. In the United States, it is a fixture of the Obama Administration’s...

Tue, 09/20/2016

Every year, representatives of 197 countries meet to engage in international negotiations and assess progress on dealing with global climate change. The inaugural ‘Conference of the Parties’ (COP) was held in Berlin, Germany in 1995; we are now three months ahead of COP-22, to be held in...

Tue, 08/02/2016

Inequality is a primal threat to sustainability. For evidence of this, one can look to politics: the notion that a shrinking middle class threatens American progress is central to presidential campaigns this...

Mon, 05/30/2016

No matter how much money you make, and no matter how much you know about economics, the minimum wage is a compelling topic of discussion. It has the potential to affect large swaths of society, from the workers whose earnings lay precisely at the minimum, to the employers who make decisions...

Fri, 02/12/2016

Here are two big questions in the struggle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:

  1. Should carbon pricing (via a tax, or cap-and-trade) be a part of the policy portfolio?
  2. How should natural gas figure into our plans?

Both of these questions polarize. On carbon...

Wed, 06/10/2015

These are some pretty cool and accessible maps documenting public opinion on climate change. They are the result of research conducted by investigators at Utah State, Yale, and George Mason Universities and ...

Mon, 05/04/2015

Advocating for tax hikes is sometimes termed “political suicide”. And yet, The Washington Post twice, here and ...

Mon, 03/23/2015

When does pollution policy work? Is there a fail-safe formula that applies regardless of political, environmental, and public health context? In the economics research literature, there is now a substantial body of work documenting the efficacy of policies targeting pollution in the United...

Fri, 01/23/2015

The logic of preventive medicine is tangible: Spend a little on prevention now to reduce the later risk of coming down with a serious illness whose treatment is much more costly. That logic becomes even stronger when we acknowledge that individualhealth behavior has social ...