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William A. Pizer
Associate Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Faculty Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
919-613-8729
william.pizer@duke.edu
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PROFILE
 
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
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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Balancing Cost and Emissions Certainty: An Allowance Reserve for Cap-and-Trade
Brian C. Murray, Richard G. Newell, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 08-24 | July 2008
 
Prices versus Quantities versus Bankable Quantities
Harrison Fell, Ian A. MacKenzie, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 08-32 REV | July 2008
 
Managing Costs in a U.S. Greenhouse Gas Trading Program: Workshop Summary
William A. Pizer, Dallas Burtraw
Resources | Spring 2008 (168)
 
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DISCUSSION PAPERS
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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Balancing Cost and Emissions Certainty: An Allowance Reserve for Cap-and-Trade
Brian C. Murray, Richard G. Newell, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 08-24 | July 2008
 
Prices versus Quantities versus Bankable Quantities
Harrison Fell, Ian A. MacKenzie, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 08-32 REV | July 2008
 
Issues in Designing U.S. Climate Change Policy
Joseph E. Aldy, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 08-20 | June 2008
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Modeling Endogenous Technological Change for Climate Policy Analysis
Kenneth T. Gillingham, Richard G. Newell, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 07-14 | May 2007
 
Endogenizing Technological Change: Matching Empirical Evidence to Modeling Needs
William A. Pizer, David Popp
RFF Discussion Paper 07-11 | March 2007
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A U.S. Perspective on Future Climate Regimes
William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 07-04 | February 2007
 
Decentralization in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and Lessons for Global Policy
Joseph A. Kruger, Wallace E. Oates, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 07-02 | February 2007
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The Evolution of a Global Climate Change Agreement
William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 07-03 | February 2007
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The Economics of Climate Change
Lawrence H. Goulder, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 06-06 | June 2006
 
Economics versus Climate Change
William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 06-04 | June 2006
 
Indexed Regulation
Richard G. Newell, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 06-32 | June 2006
 
Climate Policy Design Under Uncertainty
William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 05-44 | October 2005
 
Climate Policy in the United States andJapan: Prospects in 2005 and Beyond,Workshop Summary
William A. Pizer, Kentaro Tamura
RFF Discussion Paper 05-28 | August 2005
 
Carbon Mitigation Costs for the Commercial Sector: Discrete-Continuous Choice Analysis of Multifuel Energy Demand
Richard G. Newell, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 05-13 | June 2005
 
Modeling Economywide versus Sectoral Climate Policies Using Combined Aggregate-Sectoral Models
William A. Pizer, Dallas Burtraw, Winston Harrington, Richard G. Newell, James N. Sanchirico
RFF Discussion Paper 05-08 | April 2005
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The Case for Intensity Targets
William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 05-02 | February 2005
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The EU Emissions Trading Directive: Opportunities and Potential Pitfalls
Joseph A. Kruger, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 04-24 | April 2004
 
Climate Policy in the United States and Japan: A Workshop Summary
William A. Pizer, Kentaro Tamura
RFF Discussion Paper 04-22 | April 2004
 
Economies of Scale and Technical Efficiency in Community Water Systems
Jhih-Shyang Shih, Winston Harrington, William A. Pizer, Kenneth T. Gillingham
RFF Discussion Paper 04-15 | March 2004
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Managing Permit Markets to Stabilize Prices
Richard G. Newell, William A. Pizer, Jiangfeng Zhang
RFF Discussion Paper 03-34 | June 2003
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Climate Change Catastrophes
William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 03-31 | May 2003
 
Calculating the Cost of Environmental Regulation
William A. Pizer, Raymond J. Kopp
RFF Discussion Paper 03-06 | March 2003
 
Technology Adoption and Aggregate Energy Efficiency
William A. Pizer, Winston Harrington, Raymond J. Kopp, Richard D. Morgenstern, Jhih-Shyang Shih
RFF Discussion Paper 02-52 | October 2002
 
How Large Are the Welfare Gains from Technological Innovation Induced by Environmental Policies?
Ian W.H. Parry, William A. Pizer, Carolyn Fischer
RFF Discussion Paper 02-57 | October 2002
 
How Large Are the Welfare Gains from Technological Innovation Induced by Environmental Policies?
Ian W.H. Parry, William A. Pizer, Carolyn Fischer
RFF Discussion Paper 00-15-REV | October 2002
 
Workshop Report: Pollution Abatement Costs and Expenditures (PACE) Survey Design for 2000 and Beyond
Dallas Burtraw, Alan J. Krupnick, William A. Pizer, Richard D. Morgenstern, Jhih-Shyang Shih
RFF Discussion Paper 01-09 | April 2001
 
Discounting the Distant Future: How Much Do Uncertain Rates Increase Valuations?
Richard G. Newell, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 00-45 | October 2000
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The Analysis of Randomized Experiments with Missing Data
Guido W. Imbens, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 00-19 | May 2000
 
How Important is Technological Innovation in Protecting the Environment?
Ian W.H. Parry, William A. Pizer, Carolyn Fischer
RFF Discussion Paper 00-15 | March 2000
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The Cost of Environmental Protection
Richard D. Morgenstern, William A. Pizer, Jhih-Shyang Shih
RFF Discussion Paper 98-36-REV | August 1999
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Jobs Versus the Environment: An Industry-level Perspective
Richard D. Morgenstern, William A. Pizer, Jhih-Shyang Shih
RFF Discussion Paper 99-01-REV | May 1999
 
Instrument Choice for Environmental Protection When Technological Innovation is Endogenous
Carolyn Fischer, Ian W.H. Parry, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 99-04 | October 1998
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Regulating Stock Externalities Under Uncertainty
Richard G. Newell, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 99-10-REV | June 1998
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Prices vs. Quantities Revisited: The Case of Climate Change
William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 98-02 | October 1997
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Are We Overstating the Real Economic Costs of Environmental Protection?
Richard D. Morgenstern, William A. Pizer, Jhih-Shyang Shih
RFF Discussion Paper 97-36-REV | May 1997
 
Optimal Choice of Policy Instrument and Stringency Under Uncertainty: The Case of Climate Change
William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 97-17 | January 1997
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