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William A. Pizer
Associate Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Faculty Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Pizer's research seeks to quantify how the design of environmental policy affects costs and effectiveness. Specific research has focused on the aggregate level and distribution of these costs; uncertainty about cost; technological change; banking, trading and other flexibility mechanisms; and valuation over long time horizons. He applies much of this work to the question of how to design and implement policies to reduce the threat of climate change caused by manmade emissions of greenhouse gases. Currently, he is working on projects that look at the effectiveness of voluntary programs, the role of technology programs in pollution control efforts, and the effect of regulation on competitiveness.  
Featured Publications
Comparing Emissions Mitigation Efforts across Countries
Joseph E. Aldy, William A. Pizer, Keigo Akimoto
RFF Discussion Paper 15-32 | June 2015
The Road to Paris and Beyond: Comparing Emissions Mitigation Efforts
Joseph E. Aldy, William A. Pizer
Resources | 2015 (189)
Terminating Links between Emission Trading Programs
William A. Pizer, Andrew J. Yates
RFF Discussion Paper 14-28 | August 2014
Goings On: Highlights of RFF's Recent Contributions to Shaping Environmental Policy
Molly K. Macauley, James W. Boyd, Karen L. Palmer, Dallas Burtraw, P. Lynn Scarlett, William A. Pizer, Richard D. Morgenstern
Resources | 2013 (184)
How Should Benefits and Costs Be Discounted in an Intergenerational Context? The Views of an Expert Panel
Kenneth J. Arrow, Maureen L. Cropper, Christian Gollier, Ben Groom, Geoffrey Heal, Richard G. Newell, William Nordhaus, Robert S. Pindyck, William A. Pizer, Paul R. Portney, Thomas Sterner, Richard S.J. Tol, Martin L. Weitzman
RFF Discussion Paper 12-53 | December 2012
Carbon Markets: Past, Present, and Future
Richard G. Newell, William A. Pizer, Daniel Raimi
RFF Discussion Paper 12-51 | December 2012
Voluntary Environmental Regulation in Developing Countries: Mexico's Clean Industry Program
Allen Blackman, Bidisha Lahiri, William A. Pizer, Marisol Rivera Planter, Carlos Muñoz Piña
RFF Discussion Paper 07-36-REV | August 2010
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Designing Climate Mitigation Policy
Joseph E. Aldy, Alan J. Krupnick, Richard G. Newell, Ian W.H. Parry, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 08-16 | May 2009
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Managing Costs in a U.S. Greenhouse Gas Trading Program: A Workshop Summary
Marika Tatsutani, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 08-23 | July 2008
The Performance of Voluntary Climate Programs: Climate Wise and 1605(b)
William A. Pizer, Richard D. Morgenstern, Jhih-Shyang Shih
RFF Discussion Paper 08-13-REV | July 2008
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