Yale Seminar Offers a Chance to See Leading Scholars of Environmental Economics

Yale Seminar Offers a Chance to See Leading Scholars of Environmental Economics

Timely in its delivery, I just received a news release regarding the lineup of speakers on environmental economics from first year MEM student, Caroline Goodbody. This is a great follow up from Sarah’s coverage of the work of CBEY. I hope you enjoy!

Over the past several of decades the role economics can play in solving environmental ills has gained growing attention. The economists at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies have long been on the forefront of uncovering solutions to environmental problems with a strong research group in environmental and natural resource economics.

Now in its 10th year, the Yale Environmental Economics Seminar provides the opportunity for students and faculty alike to share original research and hear from top economists from around the country. Professor Kenneth Gillingham is organizing this year’s seminar and is especially excited about the lineup this semester. Yale will host both “rising stars and famous names” who will share research on a breadth of topics, ranging from the role of speed limits to examining how people make decisions to purchase carbon.

Topics are not set in stone, but here is a preview of what’s coming to Yale this spring.

• Kicking off the semester, Professor Gillingham will be discussing his research on how automakers respond to fuel economy standards. Gillingham focuses on how the American car market evolved in the 1960s and 70s in response to the introduction of stricter fuel standards. Using this data, Professor Gillingham puts forth ideas of about how fleet will change now that the administration introduced a new set of standards this past August. And in case you are wondering, Professor Gillingham drives a Toyota Corolla.
• Yale’s Eli Fenichel will present his paper entitled, “Natural capital from metaphor to measurement: focusing on golden rules.” His talk will focus on how we can translate the value of ecosystem services to valuing the stock of natural capital.
Dr. Arthur van Benthem of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania will likely be presenting his new work on speed limits. While driving faster may get a driver to its destination quicker, it can also increase accident rates and pollution levels. His newest draft paper looks at the impact of a 10 mph speed limit increase has on social costs.
Matthew Harding, visiting from Stanford, will be discussing his work examining how people make decisions to purchase carbon credits and if these kinds of mechanisms are successful in reducing carbon consumption.
Kenneth Small of University of California at Irvine is somewhat of a celebrity in academic research circles working in transportation and the environment. His work focuses on urban transportation and environmental economics. He will present his latest research this spring.
• Finally, visiting us from Arizona University, Derek Lemoine will discuss his work on tipping points and developing policies even in the face of the inherent uncertainty of complex environmental systems.

Professor Raymond Guiteras of the University of Maryland will also be presenting on his most current research. The Seminar starts on February 6th. Talks take place in Kroon 321 on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:30 and are open to the public with advance RSVP to Professor Kenneth Gillingham.

The Yale Economics Seminar is sponsored by the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale through the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Memorial Fund. For most current information on the seminar, please visit its webpage.