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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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JOURNAL ARTICLES
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
 
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
 
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
 
Forests in Climate Policy: Technical, Institutional and Economic Issues in Measurement and Monitoring
Molly K. Macauley and Roger A. Sedjo
Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change | Forthcoming
 
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
 
Waste Not, Want Not: Economic and Legal Challenges of Regulation-Induced Innovation in Waste Technology and Management
Molly K Macauley
Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management | Vol. 37, No. 2. | pp. 113-128 | Related Discussion Paper 09-11
 
From Science to Applications: Determinants of Diffusion in the Use of Earth Observations
Molly K. Macauley, Joe Maher, and Jhih-Shyang Shih
Journal of Terrestrial Observation | Spring 2010 | Vol. 2, No. 1 | pp. 22-35 | Related Discussion Paper 10-03
 
Public-Private Co-Production of Risk: Government Indemnification of the Commercial Space Launch Industry
Tim Brennan, Carolyn Kousky, and Molly Macauley
Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy | 2010 | Vol. 1, Issue 1 | Article 7 | Related Discussion Paper 09-38
 
Public-Private Co-Production of Risk: Government Indemnification of the Commercial Space Launch Industry
Tim Brennan, Carolyn Kousky, and Molly Macauley
Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy | 2010 | Related Discussion Paper 09-38
 
From Science to Applications: Determinants of Diffusion in the Use of Earth Observations
Molly K. Macauley, Joe Maher, Jhih-Shyang Shih
Journal of Terrestrial Observations | Forthcoming
 
Earth Observations in Social Science Research for Management of Natural Resources and the Environment: Identifying the Landsat Contribution
Molly K. Macauley
Journal of Terrestrial Observation | Spring 2009 | Vol. 1, No. 2 | pp. 31-53 | Related Discussion Paper 09-01
 
The Supply of Space Infrastructure: Issues in the Theory and Practice of Estimating Costs
Molly K. Macauley
Space Policy | May 2008 | Vol. 24, No. 2
 
Environmentally Sustainable Human Space Activities: Can Challenges of Planetary Protection be Reconciled?
Molly K. Macauley
Astropolitics | November 2007 | Vol. 5 Issue 3
 
Ascribing Societal Benefit to Applied Remote Sensing Products: An Examination of Methodologies Based on the Multi-Angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer Experience
Molly K. Macauley and David J. Diner
Journal of Applied Remote Sensing | September 2007 | Vol. 1 | Related Discussion Paper 06-09
 
Satellite Solar Power: Renewed Interest in an Era of Climate Change?
Molly K. Macauley and Jhih-Shyang Shih
Space Policy | May 2007 | Vol. 23, No. 2 | DOI: 10.1016/j.spacepol.2007.02.010 | pp. 108-120
 
The Value of Information: Measuring the Contribution of Space-Derived Earth Science Data to Resource Management
Molly K. Macauley
Space Policy | Winter 2006 | Vol 22, No. 4 | pp. 274-282 | Related Discussion Paper 05-26
 
Private Markets, Contracts, and Government Provision: What Explains the Organization of Local Waste and Recycling Markets?
Margaret Walls, Molly Macauley, Soren Anderson
Urban Affairs Review | May 2005 | Vol. 40, no. 5 | pp. 590-613 | Related Discussion Paper 02-35-REV
 
Flying in the Face of Uncertainty: Human Risk in Space Activities
Molly K. Macauley
Chicago Journal of International Law | Summer 2005 | Vol. 6, No. 131
 
Is the Vision of the Earth Observation Summit Realizable?
Molly K. Macauley
Space Policy | February 2005 | Vol. 21 | pp. 29-39
 
Advantages and Disadvantages of Prizes in a Portfolio of Financial Incentives for Space Activities
Molly K. Macauley
Space Policy | May 2005 | vol. 21, no. 2 | pp.121-128
 
A Herculean Task? Economics, Politics, and Realigning Government in the Case of U.S. Polar-Orbiting Weather Satellites
Molly K. Macauley
Space Policy | May 2005 | Vol. 19 no. 2 | pp. 249-259 | Related Discussion Paper 04-21
 
Dealing with Electronic Waste: Modeling the Costs and Environmental Benefits of Computer Monitor Disposal
Molly Macauley, Karen Palmer, and Jhih-Shyang Shih
Journal of Environmental Management | May 2003 | DOI: 10.1016/S0301-4797(02)00228-1 | Related Discussion Paper 01-27
 
Spatially and Intertemporally Efficient Waste Management: The Costs of Interstate Trade Restrictions
Molly K. Macauley, Eduardo Ley, and Stephen Salant
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | May 2002 | Vol. 43, No. 2 | pp. 188-218
 
An Economic Assessment of Space Solar Power as a Source of Electricity for Space Based Activities
Molly K. Macauley and James F. Davis
Space Policy | February 2002
 
Cutting through Environmental Issues: Technology as a Double-Edged Sword
Molly K. Macauley and David Austin
Brookings Review | Winter 2001 | Vol. 19, No. 1 | pp. 24-27
 
Report: Can Power from Space Compete?
Molly K. Macauley
Space Policy | February 2000 | Vol. 16, No. 4 | pp. 283-285
 
Restricting the Trash Trade
Molly K. Macauley, Edwardo Ley, and Stephen Salant
American Economic Review | May 2000 | Vol. 90, No. 2 | pp. 243-246
 
NASA's Affiliated Research Center Program: Bridging Basic Research and the Quality of Life
Molly K. Macauley and Bruce A. Davis
Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing | November 2000
 
Heredity or Environment: Why is Automobile Longevity Increasing?
Molly K. Macauley and Bruce Hamilton
Journal of Industrial Economics | June 1999 | Vol. 47
 
Allocation of Orbit and Spectrum Resources for Regional Communications: What's At Stake?
Molly K. Macauley
Journal of Law and Economics | October 1998 | pp. 737-764
 
Managing Foreign Participation in Government-Funded Applied Space Research and Product Development
David Austin, Molly Macauley, R. David Simpson, and Michael A. Toman
Space Policy | August 1997 | Vol. 13, No. 3 | pp. 203-214
 
Technology and Coordination: Antitrust Implications of Remote Sensing Satellites
Molly K. Macauley and Timothy Brennan
Antitrust Bulletin | Summer 1997 | Vol. 42 | pp. 477-502
 
The Impact of Uncertain Environmental Liability on Industrial Real Estate Development: Developing a Framework for Analysis
with Jim Boyd, Winston Harrington and Mary Elizabeth Calhoun
Journal of Law, Economics, and Real Estate | Spring 1996 | Vol. 12, No. 1
 
The Effects of Environmental Liability on Industrial Real Estate Development
James Boyd, Winston Harrington, and Molly Macauley
Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics | 1996 | Vol. 12, No. 1 | pp. 37-58
 
Remote Sensing Satellites and Privacy: A Framework for Policy Assessment
Molly K. Macauley and Timothy Brennan
Law, Computers, and Artificial Intelligence | 1995 | Vol. 4, No. 3 | pp. 233-248
 
NASA's Earth Observations Commercialization Application Program: A Model for Government Promotion of Commercial Space Opportunities
Molly K. Macauley
Space Policy | February 1995 | Vol. 11, No. 1 | pp. 53-66
 
Close Encounters of the Trash Kind
Molly K. Macauley
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management | 1994 | Vol. 13, No. 3 | pp. 560-564
 
Land Remote Sensing Policy Act - Analysis Reveals Deficiencies, Implications
Molly K. Macauley
GIS World | July 1993 | Vol. 6, No. 7 | pp. 42-47
 
Supplying Earth Observation from Space
Michael A. Toman and Molly K. Macauley
Space Policy | February 1992
 
Highway Robbery: Social Costs of Hazardous Materials Incidents on the Capital Beltway
Molly K. Macauley, Ted Glickman, and Paul R. Portney
Transportation Research Record | 1992 | No. 1313 | pp. 27-32
 
Providing Earth Observation Data From Space: Economics and Institutions
Michael A. Toman and Molly K. Macauley
American Economic Review | May 1991 | Vol. 81, No. 2 | pp. 38-41
 
Determinants and Consequences of the Public-Private School Choice
Molly K. Macauley and Bruce Hamilton
Journal of Urban Economics | May 1991 | Vol. 29, No. 3
 
Consumption of Fuelwood and Other Household Cooking Fuels in Indian Cities
Molly K. Macauley, J. Dunkerley, M. Naimuddin, and P. C. Agarwal
Energy Policy | January/February 1990 | Vol. 18, No. 1
 
No Free Launch: Efficient Space Transportation Pricing
Michael A. Toman and Molly K. Macauley
Land Economics | May 1989 | Vol. 65, No. 2 | pp. 91-99
 
Fuelwood in Urban Areas: A Case Study of Raipur, India
Molly K. Macauley, J. Dunkerley, M. Naimuddin, and P. C. Agarwal
The Energy Journal | July 1989 | Vol. 10, No. 3 | pp. 157-180
 
Launch Vouchers for Space Science Research
Molly K. Macauley
Space Policy | November 1989 | Vol. 5, No. 4 | pp. 311-320
 
Tracing News Orbits: Cooperation and Competition in Global Satellite Development
Molly K. Macauley
Information Economics and Policy | September 1988
 
Risk Aversion and the Insurance Value of Strategic Oil Stockpiling
Michael A. Toman and Molly K. Macauley
Resources and Energy | June 1986 | Vol. 8, No. 2
 
Out of Space? Regulation and Technical Change in Communications Satellites
Molly K. Macauley
American Economic Review | May 1986 | Vol. 76, No. 1
 
Recent Behavior of Urban Population and Employment Density Gradients
Molly K. Macauley
Journal of Urban Economics | September 1985 | Vol. 18
 
Slicing the Geostationary Pie: Property Rights in Orbit
Molly K. Macauley and Paul R. Portney
AEI Journal on Regulation | July/August 1984
 
Ras Maden Koentjaraningrat
Molly K. Macauley
Third World Anthropology Research Bulletin | Spring 1979
 
  
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