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Molly K. Macauley
Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow
202-328-5043
macauley@rff.org
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PROFILE
Molly Macauley's research interests include space economics and policy, the economics of new technologies for research and understanding of the interactions between people and natural resources, the use of economic incentives in environmental regulation, climate and earth science, and recycling and solid waste management. She serves on numerous special committees of the National Academy of Sciences and federal agencies.
  
Featured Publications
Strategically Placing Green Infrastructure: Cost-Effective Land Conservation in the Floodplain
Kousky, C., S. M. Olmstead, M. A. Walls, and M. Macauley
Environmental Science & Technology | DOI: 10.1021/es303938c
 
Forest Carbon Economics: What We Know, What We Do Not, and Whether it Matters
Molly K Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Climate Change Economics | December 2012 | Vol. 3, No.4
 
Policy for Robust Space-Based Earth Science, Technnology, and Applications
Molly Macauley, Molly E. Brown, Vanessa M. Escobar, Josef Aschbacher, Maria Pilar Milagro-Perez, Bradley Doorn and Lawrence Friedl
Space Policy | February 2013 | Vol. 29, No. 1 | pp. 76-82
 
Earth Observations and Space Strategy
Molly K. Macauley
Space Strategy in the 21st Century | Eligar Sadeh | New York: Routledge | 2013
 
Prizes, Patents and Technology Procurement: A Proposed Analytical Framework
Timothy J. Brennan, Molly K. Macauley, Kate Whitefoot
RFF Discussion Paper 11-21-REV | December 2012
 
Challenges in Managing Long-Lived Environmental Problems
Molly K Macauley
US Department of the Interior | DOI Office of Policy Analysis | Washington DC | November 5, 2012
 
Forest Carbon Offsets: Challenges in Measuring, Monitoring and Verifying
Roger Sedjo and Molly Macauley
Environment Magazine | July/August 2012 | Vol. 54, No. 4 | pp. 16-23
 
Forever Ours: Technology, Economics, and Institutions for Managing Long-Lived Environmental Problems
Molly K. Macauley
The Carolyn and Edward Wenk, Jr. Lecture in Technology and Public Policy | Johns Hopkins University | Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD | April 27, 2012
 
Managing Risk through Liability, Regulation, and Innovation: Organizational Design for Spill Containment in Deepwater Drilling Operations
Nathan D. Richardson, Molly K. Macauley, Mark A. Cohen, Robert Anderson, and Adam Stern
Risk, Hazards, and Crisis in Public Policy | 2011 | Vol. 2, No. 2 | Related Discussion Paper 10-63
 
Seeing the Forests and the Trees: Technological and Regulatory Impediments for Global Carbon Monitoring
Molly K. Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Berkeley Technology Law Journal | 2011 | 26(3): 1387-1408
 
Forests in Climate Policy: Technical, Institutional and Economic Issues in Measurement and Monitoring
Molly Macauley and Roger Sedjo
Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. | June 2011 | Vol. 15, No. 5 | pp. 499-513
 
Forest Carbon Offsets: Possibilities and Limitations
Molly K. Macauley and Roger Sedjo
Journal of Forestry | December 2011 | 109(8): 470-473
 
The Value of Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications
Ramanan Laxminarayan and Molly K. Macauley
London: Springer | 2012
 
Using Satellites to Sustain Earth
Molly K. Macauley
LiveBetter Magazine | May/June No. 10 | Spring 2011
 
Seeing the Forests and the Trees: The Role of Technology, Economics, and Law in US Climate Policy
Molly K. Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Berkeley Symposium on Law and Technology | UC Berkeley School of Law | Berkeley CA | March 3, 2011
 
Organizational Design for Spill Containment in Deepwater Drilling Operations in the Gulf of Mexico: Assessment of the Marine WellContainment Company (MWCC)
Robert Anderson, Mark A Cohen, Molly K. Macauley, Nathan Richardson, Adam Stern
RFF Discussion Paper 10-63 | January 2011
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Adapting to Climate Change:The Public Policy Response
Daniel F. Morris, Molly K. Macauley, Raymond J. Kopp, Richard D. Morgenstern, Tiffany Clements
Issue Brief 10-19 | November 2010
 
Earth Observations in US National Space Strategy
Molly K Macauley
Astropolitics | Vol. 8, No. 2-3 | 205-219
 
Valuing Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications for Realizing Social Benefits
Molly K. Macauley and Ramanan Laxminarayan
Space Policy | November 2010 | Vol. 26, No. 4. | pp. 249-551
 
Climate Adaptation Policy: The Role and Value of Information
Molly K. Macauley
Issue Brief 10-10 | May 2010
 
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BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS
Earth Observations and Space Strategy
Molly K. Macauley
Space Strategy in the 21st Century | Eligar Sadeh | New York: Routledge | 2013
 
The Value of Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications
Ramanan Laxminarayan and Molly K. Macauley
London: Springer | 2012
 
Earth Observations in a National Space Strategy
Molly K. Macauley
Space Strategy | Eligar Sadeh | NY, NY: Routledge | 2011
 
Smarter Budgeting for Space Missions
Molly K. Macauley
New Approaches on Energy and the Environment: Policy Advice for the President | Richard D. Morgenstern and Paul R. Portney, eds. | RFF Press | 2004 | Chapter 19
 
Economics of Space
Molly K. Macauley
Space Politics and Policy | Eligar Sadeh, ed. | Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers | 2002
 
The Effects of Environmental Liability on Industrial Real Estate Development
James Boyd, Winston Harrington, and Molly Macauley
Economics and Liability for Environmental Problems | Kathleen Segerson, editor | Burlington, VT: Ashgate | 2002
 
Enforcing Environmental Regulation: Implications of Remote Sensing
Molly K. Macauley and Timothy J. Brennan
Improving Regulation: Cases in Environment, Health and Safety | Paul Fishbeck and Scott Farrow, eds. | RFF Press | 2001
 
Private Eyes in the Sky: Implications of Remote Sensing Technology for Enforcing Environmental Regulation
Molly K. Macauley and Timothy J. Brennan
Improving Regulation: Cases in Environment, Health, and Safety | Paul S. Fischbeck and R. Scott Farrow, eds. | RFF Press | 2001 | Chapter 14
 
Estimating Future Benefits from ATP Funding of Digital Data Storage
Molly K. Macauley and David Austin
The Advanced Technology Program: Assessing Outcomes | Charles W. Wessner, ed. | Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press | 2001
 
Solid Waste Reduction and Resource Conservation: Assessing Goals of Government Policy
Molly Macauley and Margaret Walls
Public Policies for Environmental Protection, 2nd ed. | Paul Portney and Robert Stavins, eds. | RFF Press | 2000
 
Economic Issues in Innovation in Satellite Communications
Molly K. Macauley
Space Communications Research and Development | Washington, D.C.: National Research Council, Space Applications Board | March 1988 | pp. 191-197
 
Exchanging Environmental Resource Management for Peaceful Space Practices: Blue Sky or Blue Sky?
Molly K. Macauley
Space Power Interests | Peter Hayes, ed. | San Francisco, CA: Westview Press | 1996
 
In Pursuit of a Sustainable Space Environment: Economic Issues in Regulating Space Debris
Molly K. Macauley
Preservation of Near-Earth Space for Future Generations | John A. Simpson, ed. | Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press | 1994
 
Using Economic Incentives to Regulate Toxic Substances
Molly K. Macauley, Michael D. Bowes, and Karen L. Palmer
RFF Press | 1993
 
In Pursuit of Cost Effective Regulation of Toxic Chemicals
Molly K. Macauley
Enhancing Environmental Quality through Economic Growth | Washington, D.C.: American Council on Capital Formation | December 1993
 
Advanced Materials
Molly K. Macauley
Competitiveness in Metals: The Impact of Public Policy | Merton J. Peck, Hans H. Landsberg and John E. Tilton, eds. | London, U.K.: Mining Journal Books | 1992
 
The NASA Budget: For Whom, For What, and How Big?
Molly K. Macauley
Space Policy Alternatives | Radford Byerly, ed. | San Francisco, CA: Westview Press | 1992
 
Communications in Space: Economics and Public Policy Issues
Molly K. Macauley
Telecommunications, Values, and the Public Interest | Sven Lundstedt, ed. | Norwood, NJ: Ablex Press | 1990
 
Rethinking Space Policy: The Need to Unearth Economics
Molly K. Macauley
Space Policy Reconsidered | Radford Byerly, ed. | San Francisco, CA: Westview Press | 1989
 
Economics and Technology in U.S. Space Policy
Molly Macauley, Editor
RFF Press | 1987
 
The Contribution of a Partnership Between Economics and Technology
Molly K. Macauley
Economics and Technology in U.S. Space Policy | Molly K. Macauley, ed. | RFF Press | 1987
 
Space Transportation Policy: Commercial Policies and International Competition
Molly K. Macauley and Michael A. Toman
Economics and Technology in U.S. Space Policy | Molly K. Macauley | RFF Press | 1987
 
  
NEWS
How did space become junk’s final frontier?
Friday, November 08, 2013
FT Magazine
X Prize Foundation will crowdfund three new prizes. How it's a game-changer.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Christian Science Monitor
Space trash is a big problem. These economists have a solution.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The Washington Post
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