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.
Report — Sep 4, 2019
Environmental Projects in Urban Areas: Analysis to Support Corps of Engineers Project Planning and Budgeting
This report describes US Army Corps of Engineers planning and budget justification practices in coastal and estuarine environments—with a focus on urban settings—and explores the current and potential application of ecosystem services analysis to Corps decisionmaking.
Working Paper — Aug 26, 2019
Discretionary Exemptions from Environmental Regulation: Flexibility for Good or for Ill
Environmental protection laws impose strict limits on harmful activities, yet many include provisions giving regulators the discretion to grant exemptions that relax the requirements on regulated parties. We develop a model of firm and regulator behavior to examine theoretically the use and consequences of discretionary exemptions in environmental regulation.
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.
Workshop/Seminar — 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.
Workshop/Seminar — 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.
Workshop/Seminar — 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.
Media Highlight — Sep 4, 2019
"Climate Town Hall: Several Democratic Candidates Embrace a Carbon Tax"
RFF President Richard G. Newell is quoted in a New York Times article on how different 2020 presidential candidates view a price on carbon.
Press Release — Sep 3, 2019
New Episode of Resources Radio on Climate Policy in Washington State, with Sharon Shewmake
Daniel Raimi and Sharon Shewmake discuss Washington state's 100 percent clean energy bill in this new episode of Resources Radio.
Press Release — Aug 20, 2019
New Episode of Resources Radio on the Trump Administration's Proposed Changes to the Endangered Species Act, with Ya-Wei Li
In this podcast, Ya-Wei Li discusses the Trump administration's proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act.