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Retrospective Analysis of US Climate Policy
RFF Workshop
September 19, 2013

About the Event

This one-day workshop at Resources for the Future, featuring top climate policy researchers, will focus not on evaluating policy options themselves but on addressing few simple questions: What does success look like? How can it be measured? And how can policy be designed now so that accurate assessments are possible in the future?

The answers are likely to be complex, and vary depending on the policy pathway in question. At the workshop, retrospective analysis of three plausible types of climate policy will be examined:

  • Regulation under the Clean Air Act
  • State-level cap and trade
  • A federal carbon tax

Sessions will consider information needs, research methods, and institutional mechanisms that would enable ex-post analysis in three areas: 1) environmental benefits, 2) cost effectiveness, and 3) distributional consequences.

The workshop will take place on September 19th at RFF, located at 1616 P St. NW in Washington, DC, and will be open to invitees only. To foster open discussion, the event will follow the Chatham House rule.

For related RFF research on ex-post analysis of climate policy, click here.

 

Tentative Agenda

​9:00 a.m. Phil Sharp: Welcome and Introduction
Session I: The Clean Air Act
​9:15 - 9:20 Nathan Richardson (RFF): Introduction
​9:20 - 9:35 ​Nick Bianco (WRI): A Regulatory Approach to Climate in Policy Context
​9:35 - 9:50 Dick Morgenstern (RFF): Retrospective Analysis of Clean Air Act Regulation
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​9:50 - 10:05 Dallas Burtraw (RFF): Economic Analysis of Regulatory Climate Policy
​10:05 - 10:15 David Evans (EPA): Discussant
​10:15 - 10:30 ​Q&A
​10:30 - 10:45 ​Break
Session II: State Cap-and-trade Policies
​10:45 - 10:50 Karen Palmer (RFF): Introduction
​10:50 - 11:05 Franz Litz (Pace University): Status of State Climate Policy
​11:05 - 11:20 ​Susan Tierney (Analysis Group): Measuring Cost Effectiveness
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​11:20 - 11:35 Daniel Shawhan (RPI/RFF): Measuring Environmental Effectiveness
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​11:35 - 11:50 ​Daniel Kammen (Berkeley): Measuring Distributional Impacts
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​11:50 - 12:00 ​Blas L. Pérez Henríquez (Berkeley): Discussant
​12:00 - 12:15 p.m. ​Q&A
​12:15 - 1:15 ​Lunch
​Session III: Carbon Tax
​1:15 - 1:20 Ray Kopp (RFF): Introduction
​1:20 - 1:35 Marc Hafstead (RFF): Measuring Environmental Effectiveness
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​1:35 - 1:50 Billy Pizer (Duke): Measuring Cost Effectiveness
​1:50 - 2:05 Gilbert Metcalf (Tufts): Measuring Distributional Impacts
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​2:05 - 2:15 Terry Dinan (CBO): Discussant
​2:15 - 2:30 ​Q&A
​2:30 - 3:15 Ray Kopp (RFF): Audience Discussion
​3:15 - 4:30 ​Reception
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