Policy Design and Evaluation
Policymakers use a variety of methods, or instruments, to achieve certain goals. RFF experts evaluate the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of those instruments, and often identify novel approaches for policy design and implementation that help balance economic and environmental impacts.
Working Paper — Jul 18, 2019
Carbon Standards Re-Examined: An Analysis of Potential Emissions Outcomes for the Affordable Clean Energy Rule and the Clean Power Plan
A new analysis calls into question the assumptions and conclusions in EPA’s cost-benefit analysis of the Affordable Clean Energy Rule. They demonstrate that the ACE rule does little to address climate change and is likely to have even greater adverse air quality and health effects in some states than EPA has projected.
Working Paper — Jul 11, 2019
The Cost-Effectiveness of Satellite Earth Observations to Inform a Post-Wildfire Response
This study demonstrates the cost-effectiveness of using satellite imagery to assess burned areas and prioritize response measures after a wildfire; it shows that, by using Landsat imagery, federal agencies can save up to $7.7 million per year in post-fire costs.
Report — Jun 10, 2019
How Clean is “Refined Coal”? An Empirical Assessment of a Billion-Dollar Tax Credit
Billions of dollars of taxpayer funds go to "refined" coal subsidies, but the associated emissions reductions may not meet the US tax code requirements.
Workshops & Seminars — Mar 2, 2018
Book Launch: "Confronting the Climate Challenge: US Policy Options"
This new book presents a unique framework for evaluating the impacts of a range of climate policy options in the United States, for both the economy overall and particular household groups, industries, and regions.
Workshops & Seminars — Oct 21, 2015
The Real Outcomes of Federal Environmental Regulations: Lessons from the Performance Data
Experts at this forum discussed valuable lessons for the development of new regulations, especially related to market-based instruments, new technologies, coordination of federal and state activities, and more.
Workshops & Seminars — Feb 27, 2013
Comprehensive Tax Reform and Climate Policy
Resources for the Future’s Center for Climate and Electricity Policy and the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund convened a panel of leading economic experts in fiscal and environmental policy to discuss the role a carbon tax might play in coming debates about how to reform the US tax code.
Press Release — Jul 22, 2019
New Issue Brief from Burtraw & Keyes Critiques Affordable Clean Energy Rule
A new issue brief by RFF's Dallas Burtraw and Amelia Keyes identifies and explains 10 flaws in the ACE Rule.
Press Release — Jul 9, 2019
New Episode of Resources Radio on Economics and Environmental Policy, with Robert Stavins
In this podcast, Robert Stavins explains how economics can be used to create effective policies.
Media Highlight — Jul 8, 2019
"Trump Talks Up ‘America’s Environmental Leadership’ in Climate Speech"
Richard Newell is quoted in a New York Times article on President Trump's environmental speech.