Working Paper

Identifying the Potential for Cross-Fishery Spillovers: A Network Analysis of Alaskan Permitting Patterns

Dec 7, 2017 | Ethan T. Addicott, Kailin Kroetz, Matthew Reimer, James N. Sanchirico, Daniel K. Lew, Justine Huetteman | 35 pp.
We investigate the links among jointly permitted fisheries in the Alaska region to better understand how policies aimed at one fishery may affect others.
Working Paper

The Efficiency Consequences of Heterogeneous Behavioral Responses to Energy Fiscal Policies

Dec 1, 2017 | Sébastien Houde, Joseph E. Aldy | 60 pp.
The optimal design of carbon dioxide taxes and energy subsidies depends on behavioral biases and transaction costs, known as microfrictions.
Energy and Electricity
Blog Post

How Will Climate Change Affect Outdoor Recreation?

Dec 6, 2017 | Nathan W. Chan, Casey J. Wichman
Could climate change be good for outdoor recreation? We estimate that it will increase demand for recreational cycling by about 5.5 percent by 2060.
Climate Change
Working Paper

The Effects of Climate on Leisure Demand: Evidence from North America

Dec 5, 2017 | Nathan W. Chan, Casey J. Wichman | 47 pp.
We use data on millions of bike-share trips to show how climate change will affect outdoor recreation. By midcentury, recreation will increase due to fewer cold days each year.
Climate Change
Past Seminar

What Does Repeal of the Clean Power Plan Mean for Future Climate and Energy Policies?

Dec 13, 2017 Video

The Trump administration’s move to repeal the Clean Power Plan includes a revised estimate of the social cost of carbon as well as different approaches for considering ancillary public health benefits and the savings from improved fuel efficiency. This RFF seminar explored the implications of these revisions for the Clean Power Plan itself and for potential future energy and climate policies.

Air Quality Climate Change Energy and Electricity
Journal Article

New Estimates of the Security Costs of U.S. Oil Consumption

Nov 21, 2017 | Stephen P.A. Brown | pp. 171-192
Energy and Electricity
Past Conference

“Conservation Reconsidered” at 50

Sep 8, 2017

On September 8, 2017, Resources for the Future held a conference to honor the 50th anniversary of this article, discuss new developments in the field since it was written, and lay out some current research and policy issues related to the article. 

Environmental Economics Topics
Working Paper

Costs and Benefits of Saving Unprofitable Generators: A Simulation Case Study for US Coal and Nuclear Power Plants

Nov 30, 2017 | Daniel Shawhan, Paul Picciano | 28 pp.
This study estimates benefits and costs of DOE’s proposed profit guarantee for coal and nuclear generators.
Energy and Electricity
Issue Brief

How the Shale Boom Has Transformed the US Oil and Gas Industry

Nov 29, 2017 | Richard G. Newell, Brian C. Prest | 6 pp.
The shale revolution has dramatically changed the position of the United States as an energy producer.
Energy and Electricity
Blog Post

Cap-and-Trade Policy Potential in Oregon: Addressing Emissions Leakage

Nov 29, 2017 | Joshua Linn, Kristin Hayes
The distribution of emissions allowances under an Oregon proposal for a carbon cap-and-trade policy can help achieve both economic and environmental goals.
Climate Change