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Molly K. Macauley
Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow
202-328-5043
macauley@rff.org
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PROFILE
Molly Macauley's research interests include space economics and policy, the economics of new technologies for research and understanding of the interactions between people and natural resources, the use of economic incentives in environmental regulation, climate and earth science, and recycling and solid waste management. She serves on numerous special committees of the National Academy of Sciences and federal agencies.
  
Featured Publications
Strategically Placing Green Infrastructure: Cost-Effective Land Conservation in the Floodplain
Kousky, C., S. M. Olmstead, M. A. Walls, and M. Macauley
Environmental Science & Technology | DOI: 10.1021/es303938c
 
Forest Carbon Economics: What We Know, What We Do Not, and Whether it Matters
Molly K Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Climate Change Economics | December 2012 | Vol. 3, No.4
 
Policy for Robust Space-Based Earth Science, Technnology, and Applications
Molly Macauley, Molly E. Brown, Vanessa M. Escobar, Josef Aschbacher, Maria Pilar Milagro-Perez, Bradley Doorn and Lawrence Friedl
Space Policy | February 2013 | Vol. 29, No. 1 | pp. 76-82
 
Earth Observations and Space Strategy
Molly K. Macauley
Space Strategy in the 21st Century | Eligar Sadeh | New York: Routledge | 2013
 
Prizes, Patents and Technology Procurement: A Proposed Analytical Framework
Timothy J. Brennan, Molly K. Macauley, Kate Whitefoot
RFF Discussion Paper 11-21-REV | December 2012
 
Challenges in Managing Long-Lived Environmental Problems
Molly K Macauley
US Department of the Interior | DOI Office of Policy Analysis | Washington DC | November 5, 2012
 
Forest Carbon Offsets: Challenges in Measuring, Monitoring and Verifying
Roger Sedjo and Molly Macauley
Environment Magazine | July/August 2012 | Vol. 54, No. 4 | pp. 16-23
 
Forever Ours: Technology, Economics, and Institutions for Managing Long-Lived Environmental Problems
Molly K. Macauley
The Carolyn and Edward Wenk, Jr. Lecture in Technology and Public Policy | Johns Hopkins University | Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD | April 27, 2012
 
Managing Risk through Liability, Regulation, and Innovation: Organizational Design for Spill Containment in Deepwater Drilling Operations
Nathan D. Richardson, Molly K. Macauley, Mark A. Cohen, Robert Anderson, and Adam Stern
Risk, Hazards, and Crisis in Public Policy | 2011 | Vol. 2, No. 2 | Related Discussion Paper 10-63
 
Seeing the Forests and the Trees: Technological and Regulatory Impediments for Global Carbon Monitoring
Molly K. Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Berkeley Technology Law Journal | 2011 | 26(3): 1387-1408
 
Forests in Climate Policy: Technical, Institutional and Economic Issues in Measurement and Monitoring
Molly Macauley and Roger Sedjo
Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. | June 2011 | Vol. 15, No. 5 | pp. 499-513
 
Forest Carbon Offsets: Possibilities and Limitations
Molly K. Macauley and Roger Sedjo
Journal of Forestry | December 2011 | 109(8): 470-473
 
The Value of Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications
Ramanan Laxminarayan and Molly K. Macauley
London: Springer | 2012
 
Using Satellites to Sustain Earth
Molly K. Macauley
LiveBetter Magazine | May/June No. 10 | Spring 2011
 
Seeing the Forests and the Trees: The Role of Technology, Economics, and Law in US Climate Policy
Molly K. Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Berkeley Symposium on Law and Technology | UC Berkeley School of Law | Berkeley CA | March 3, 2011
 
Organizational Design for Spill Containment in Deepwater Drilling Operations in the Gulf of Mexico: Assessment of the Marine WellContainment Company (MWCC)
Robert Anderson, Mark A Cohen, Molly K. Macauley, Nathan Richardson, Adam Stern
RFF Discussion Paper 10-63 | January 2011
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Adapting to Climate Change:The Public Policy Response
Daniel F. Morris, Molly K. Macauley, Raymond J. Kopp, Richard D. Morgenstern, Tiffany Clements
Issue Brief 10-19 | November 2010
 
Earth Observations in US National Space Strategy
Molly K Macauley
Astropolitics | Vol. 8, No. 2-3 | 205-219
 
Valuing Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications for Realizing Social Benefits
Molly K. Macauley and Ramanan Laxminarayan
Space Policy | November 2010 | Vol. 26, No. 4. | pp. 249-551
 
Climate Adaptation Policy: The Role and Value of Information
Molly K. Macauley
Issue Brief 10-10 | May 2010
 
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DISCUSSION PAPERS
Assessing the Role of Renewable Energy Policies in Landfill Gas Energy Projects
Shanjun Li, Han Kyul Yoo, Jhih-Shyang Shih, Karen L. Palmer, Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper 14-17 | July 2014
 
Prizes, Patents and Technology Procurement: A Proposed Analytical Framework
Timothy J. Brennan, Molly K. Macauley, Kate Whitefoot
RFF Discussion Paper 11-21-REV | December 2012
 
Organizational Design for Spill Containment in Deepwater Drilling Operations in the Gulf of Mexico: Assessment of the Marine WellContainment Company (MWCC)
Robert Anderson, Mark A Cohen, Molly K. Macauley, Nathan Richardson, Adam Stern
RFF Discussion Paper 10-63 | January 2011
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Assessing Investment in Future Landsat Instruments: The Example of Forest Carbon Offsets
Molly K. Macauley, Jhih-Shyang Shih
RFF Discussion Paper 10-14 | March 2010
 
From Science to Applications: Determinants of Diffusion in the Use ofEarth Observations
Molly K. Macauley, Joseph Maher, Jhih-Shyang Shih
RFF Discussion Paper 10-03 | March 2010
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More Than a Wing and a Prayer: Government Indemnification of the Commercial Space Launch Industry
Timothy J. Brennan, Carolyn Kousky, Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper 09-38 | September 2009
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Waste Not, Want Not: Economic and Legal Challenges of Regulation-Induced Changes in Waste Technology and Management
Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper 09-11 | June 2009
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Earth Observations in Social Science Research for Management of Natural Resources and the Environment: Identifying the Contribution of the U.S. Land Remote Sensing (Landsat) Program
Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper 09-01 | March 2009
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A Cost-Index Approach to Valuing Investment InFar Into The Future Environmental Technology
Molly K. Macauley, Jhih-Shyang Shih
RFF Discussion Paper 07-29 | June 2007
 
Ascribing Societal Benefit to Environmental Observations of the Earth from Space: The Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR)
Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper 06-09 | March 2006
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Some Issues at the Forefront of Public Policy for Environmental Risk
Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper 06-01 | January 2006
 
Earth Science Remote Sensing Data - Contributions to Natural Resources Policymaking
Molly K. Macauley, Fred M. Vukovich
RFF Discussion Paper 05-35 | August 2005
 
The Value of Information: A Background Paper on Measuring the Contribution of Space-Derived Earth Science Data to National Resource Management
Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper 05-26 | May 2005
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A Herculean Task? Economics, Politics, and Realigning Government in the Case of U.S. Polar-Orbiting Weather Satellites
Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper 04-21 | March 2004
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Effects of Carbon Policies and Technology Change
Molly K. Macauley, Jhih-Shyang Shih
RFF Discussion Paper 03-14 | December 2003
 
The Organization of Local Solid Wasteand Recycling Markets: Public andPrivate Provision of Services
Margaret A. Walls, Molly K. Macauley, Soren T. Anderson
RFF Discussion Paper 02-35-REV | May 2002
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Measuring the Contribution to the Economy of Investments in Renewable Energy: Estimates of Future Consumer Gains
Molly K. Macauley, Jhih-Shyang Shih, Emily Aronow, David H. Austin, Tom Bath, Joel Darmstadter
RFF Discussion Paper 02-05 | February 2002
 
An Economic Assessment of Space Solar Power as a Source of Electricity for Space-Based Activities
Molly K. Macauley, James F. Davis
RFF Discussion Paper 01-46 | October 2001
 
Modeling the Costs and Environmental Benefits of Disposal Options forEnd-of-Life Electronic Equipment: The Case of Used Computer Monitors
Molly K. Macauley, Karen L. Palmer, Jhih-Shyang Shih, Sarah Cline, Heather Holsinger
RFF Discussion Paper 01-27 | June 2001
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Can Power from Space Compete?
Molly K. Macauley, Joel Darmstadter, John N. Fini, Joel S. Greenberg, John S. Maulbetsch, A. Michael Schaal, Geoffrey S.W. Styles, James A. Vedda
RFF Discussion Paper 00-16 | March 2000
 
Estimating Future Consumer Welfare Gains from Innovation: The Case of Digital Data Storage
David H. Austin, Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper 00-13 | March 2000
 
A Quality-Adjusted Cost Index for Estimating Future Consumer Surplus from Innovation
David H. Austin, Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper 98-45 | July 1998
 
Enforcing Environmental Regulation: Implications of Remote Sensing Technology
Molly K. Macauley, Timothy J. Brennan
RFF Discussion Paper 98-33 | May 1998
 
Competition and Car Longevity
Bruce Hamilton, Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper 98-20 | March 1998
 
Allocation of Orbit and Spectrum Resources for Regional Communications: What's at Stake?
Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper 98-10 | December 1997
 
Spatially and Intertemporally Efficient Waste Management: The Costs of Interstate Flow Control
Eduardo Ley, Molly K. Macauley, Stephen W. Salant
RFF Discussion Paper 96-23 | July 1996
 
Solid Waste Reduction and Resource Conservation: Assessing the Goals of Government Policy
Molly K. Macauley, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 95-32 | July 1995
 
Common Law and Market-Based Incentives for Toxic Substances Labeling
Molly K. Macauley, James W. Boyd
RFF Discussion Paper ENR93-13 | January 1993
 
Managing Municipal Solid Waste: Advantages of a Discriminating Monopolist
Molly K. Macauley, Stephen W. Salant, David Edelstein
RFF Discussion Paper ENR93-05 | January 1993
 
The Value of Information and the Cost of Advocacy
Molly K. Macauley, Winston Harrington
RFF Discussion Paper QE92-20 | August 1992
 
Economic Considerations in Supplying Earth Observation Data From Space
Molly K. Macauley, Michael A. Toman
RFF Discussion Paper ENR91-11 | April 1991
 
The NASA Budget: For Whom, For What, and How Big?
Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper ENR91-08 | February 1991
 
Launch Vouchers for Space Science Research
Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper ENR89-04 | February 1989
 
The Transition to Commercial Energy in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Households in Raipur, India
Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper EM87-01 | June 1987
 
An Economic Perspective of the 21st Century Space Station
Molly K. Macauley
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Paper 86-2348 | September 1986
 
No Free Launch: Analysis of Space Transportation Pricing
Molly K. Macauley, Michael A. Toman
RFF Discussion Paper EM86-02 | April 1986
 
The Site Value of Locations in the Geostationary Orbital Arc
Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper EM85-01 | May 1985
 
The Welfare Cost of Regulatory Policy Governing the Geostationary Arc
Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper EM85-02 | May 1985
 
Implementing an Auction: Steps Toward Improved Allocation of the Geostationary Arc
Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper EM85-03 | May 1985
 
Geographic Variation in Fuel Flexibility: Implications for the Regional Incidence of Oil Supply Disruptions
Molly K. Macauley
RFF Discussion Paper D-82-V | April 1984
 
  
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