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Resources for the Future conducts rigorous economic research and objective analysis to help leaders craft smarter policies about natural resources, energy, and the environment.

RFF is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research - rooted primarily in economics and other social sciences - on environmental, energy, natural resources, and environmental health issues.

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RFF's blog provides policy-relevant commentary on the latest research, analysis, and debates surrounding environmental and natural resource policy issues.


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  • Upcoming Webinar

    Exploring the Effects of Energy Resource Booms on Public Education

    Aug 10, 2017 1:00 PM EDT

    Rapid resource development can impact local communities and public education through numerous channels. This webinar will feature an expert panel discussion of findings from an extensive RFF study examining the effects of unconventional oil and gas development on school districts across six oil- and gas-producing states—Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, North Dakota, Montana, and Colorado.

  • Past Webinar

    The Future of California’s Cap-and-Trade Program: Policy Choices and Implications for Cross-Border Linkage

    Jul 18, 2017 Video

    Join us on July 18 for an interactive online panel discussion about the proposed features of these competing pathways for the California cap-and-trade program, what modifications or amendments may be considered as they work through the legislative process, potential implications for the California carbon market, and the potential effects on linkage with the programs in Quebec, Ontario, and other jurisdictions that might consider linkage in the future.

  • Past Webinar

    A Community Risk-Benefit Matrix of Unconventional Gas and Oil Development

    Jun 15, 2017 Video

    Join Resources for the Future (RFF) for the webinar series: WHIMBY—What’s Happening in My Backyard? The Community Impacts of Unconventional Gas and Oil Development. The first webinar in this series provides an overview of findings from in-depth literature reviews on health outcomes, induced seismicity, economic effects, housing price changes, truck traffic, educational outcomes, and the effects on local public finances.