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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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JOURNAL ARTICLES
Endogenizing Technological Change: Matching Empirical Evidence to Modeling Needs
William Pizer and David Popp
Energy Economics | forthcoming | Related Discussion Paper 07-11
 
Decentralization in the EU ETS and Lessons for Global Policy
Joseph Kruger, William Pizer, and Wallace Oates
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy | Vol. 1, No. 1 | 112-133 | Related Discussion Paper 07-02
 
Economies of Scale in Community Water Systems
Jhih-Shyang Shih, Winston Harrington, William Pizer, and Kenneth Gillingham
Journal of the American Water Works Association | September 2006 | Vol. 98, No.9. | 100-108 | Related Discussion Paper 04-15
 
The Evolution of a Global Climate Change Agreement
William Pizer
American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings | Vol. 96, No. 2 | 26-30 | Related Discussion Paper 07-03
 
Modeling Economywide versus Sectoral Climate Policies Using Combined Aggregate-Sectoral Models
William A. Pizer, Dallas Burtraw, Winston Harrington, Richard G. Newell, and James N. Sanchirico
The Energy Journal | July 2006 | Vol. 27, No. 3 | pp. 135-168 | Related Discussion Paper 05-08
 
Modeling Economywide versus Sectoral Climate Policies Using Combined Aggregate-Sectoral Models
William A. Pizer, Dallas Burtraw, Winston Harrington, Richard G. Newell, James N. Sanchirico
Energy Journal | Vol. 27, No. 3 | 135-168 | Related Discussion Paper 05-08
 
The Case for Intensity Targets
William A. Pizer
Climate Policy | Related Discussion Paper 05-02
 
Managing Permit Markets to Stabilize Prices
Richard G. Newell, William A. Pizer and Jiangfeng Zhang
Environmental and Resource Economics | 2005 | 31 | pp. 133-157 | Related Discussion Paper 03-34
 
Instrument Choice for Environmental Protection when Technological Innovation is Endogenous
Carolyn Fischer, Ian W.H. Parry, and William A. Pizer
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | 2003 | Vo. 45 | pp. 523-545 | Related Discussion Paper 99-04
 
Uncertain Discount Rates in Climate Policy Analysis
Richard G. Newell and William A. Pizer
Energy Policy | Vol. 32, No. 4. | pp. 519-529.
 
How Important is Technological Innovation in Protecting the Environment?
Ian W. H. Parry, William A. Pizer and Carolyn Fischer
Journal of Regulatory Economics | 2003 | 23 | pp. 237-255 | Related Discussion Paper 00-15
 
How Large are the Welfare Gains from Technological Innovation Induced by Environmental Policies?
Ian W.H. Parry, William A. Pizer, and Carolyn Fischer
Journal of Regulatory Economics | 2003 | Vol. 54 | pp. 39-60 | Related Discussion Paper 01-28
 
Discounting the Distant Future: How Much Do Uncertain Rates Increase Valuations?
Richard G. Newell and William A. Pizer
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | 2003 | Vol. 46, No. 1 | pp. 52-71 | Related Discussion Paper 00-45
 
Regulating Stock Externalities Under Uncertainty
Richard G. Newell and William A. Pizer
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | 2003 | Vol. 45 | pp. 416-432 | Related Discussion Paper 99-10-REV
 
Combining Price and Quantity Controls to Mitigate Global Climate Change
William A. Pizer
Journal of Public Economics | Vol. 85, No. 3 | pp. 409-434 | Related Discussion Paper 98-02
 
Jobs Versus the Environment: An Industry-Level Perspective
Richard D. Morgenstern, William A. Pizer, and Jhih-Shyang Shih
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | May 2002 | Vol. 43, no. 3 | DOI: 10.1006/jeem.2001.1191 | pp. 412-436
 
The Cost of Environmental Protection
William A. Pizer, Richard Morgenstern, and Jhih-Shyang Shih
Review of Economics and Statistics | November 2001 | Vol. 83, No. 4 | pp. 732-738 | Related Discussion Paper 98-36-REV
 
Ecological Forecasts: An Emerging Imperative
James S. Clark, Steven R. Carpenter, Mary Barber, Scott Collins, Andy Dobson, Jonathan A. Foley, David M. Lodge, Mercedes Pascual, Roger Pielke Jr., William A. Pizer, Cathy Pringle, Walter V. Reid, Kenneth A. Rose, Osvaldo Sala, William H. Schlesinge
Science | 2001 | Vol. 293 | pp. 657-660
 
Optimal Choice of Policy Instrument and Stringency under Uncertainty: The Case of Climate Change
William A. Pizer
Resource and Energy Economics | 1999 | Vol. 21 | pp. 255-287 | Related Discussion Paper 97-17
 
  
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