Past Seminar

Retrospective Analysis of US Climate Policy

Sep 19, 2013

About the Event

Retrospective Analysis of US Climate Policy
RFF Workshop
September 19, 2013

About the Event

This one-day workshop at Resources for the Future, featuring top climate policy researchers, will focus not on evaluating policy options themselves but on addressing few simple questions: What does success look like? How can it be measured? And how can policy be designed now so that accurate assessments are possible in the future?

The answers are likely to be complex, and vary depending on the policy pathway in question. At the workshop, retrospective analysis of three plausible types of climate policy will be examined:

  • Regulation under the Clean Air Act
  • State-level cap and trade
  • A federal carbon tax

Sessions will consider information needs, research methods, and institutional mechanisms that would enable ex-post analysis in three areas: 1) environmental benefits, 2) cost effectiveness, and 3) distributional consequences.

The workshop will take place on September 19th at RFF, located at 1616 P St. NW in Washington, DC, and will be open to invitees only. To foster open discussion, the event will follow the Chatham House rule.

For related RFF research on ex-post analysis of climate policy, click here.


Tentative Agenda

​9:00 a.m. Phil Sharp: Welcome and Introduction
Session I: The Clean Air Act
​9:15 - 9:20 Nathan Richardson (RFF): Introduction
​9:20 - 9:35 ​Nick Bianco (WRI): A Regulatory Approach to Climate in Policy Context
​9:35 - 9:50 Dick Morgenstern (RFF): Retrospective Analysis of Clean Air Act Regulation
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​9:50 - 10:05 Dallas Burtraw (RFF): Economic Analysis of Regulatory Climate Policy
​10:05 - 10:15 David Evans (EPA): Discussant
​10:15 - 10:30 ​Q&A
​10:30 - 10:45 ​Break
​Session II: State Cap-and-trade Policies
​10:45 - 10:50 Karen Palmer (RFF): Introduction
​10:50 - 11:05 Franz Litz (Pace University): Status of State Climate Policy
​11:05 - 11:20 ​Susan Tierney (Analysis Group): Measuring Cost Effectiveness
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​11:20 - 11:35 Daniel Shawhan (RPI/RFF): Measuring Environmental Effectiveness
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​11:35 - 11:50 ​Daniel Kammen (Berkeley): Measuring Distributional Impacts
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​11:50 - 12:00 ​Blas L. Pérez Henríquez (Berkeley): Discussant
​12:00 - 12:15 p.m. ​Q&A
​12:15 - 1:15 ​Lunch
​Session III: Carbon Tax
​1:15 - 1:20 Ray Kopp (RFF): Introduction
​1:20 - 1:35 Marc Hafstead (RFF): Measuring Environmental Effectiveness
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​1:35 - 1:50 Billy Pizer (Duke): Measuring Cost Effectiveness
​1:50 - 2:05 Gilbert Metcalf (Tufts): Measuring Distributional Impacts
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​2:05 - 2:15 Terry Dinan (CBO): Discussant
​2:15 - 2:30 ​Q&A
​2:30 - 3:15 Ray Kopp (RFF): Audience Discussion
​3:15 - 4:30 ​Reception


  • Nathan Richardson, University Fellow, Resources for the Future; Assistant Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Richard D. Morgenstern, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Dallas Burtraw, Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Karen L. Palmer, Senior Fellow and Director, Future of Power Initiative, Resources for the Future
  • Daniel Shawhan, Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Marc Hafstead, Fellow and Director, Carbon Pricing Initiative, Resources for the Future
  • William A. Pizer, University Fellow, Resources for the Future; Susan B. King Professor and Associate Dean for Programs, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Faculty Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University
  • Raymond J. Kopp, Vice President for Energy and Climate; and Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future