PAI 777 On-line Articles

Spring 2022

Below are links to articles on the reading list that are available on-line through the Syracuse University library. The articles are organized by date and subject, as on the syllabus. For articles unavailable at the library, the articles are available through the course in Blackboard. A link to Blackboard is provided. Note that this is not a complete syllabus, as it does not include articles in the textbooks.

Because these articles are made available through the SU library, they are only available to SU students. If you are using a computer on campus, the links will take you directly to the article. If you are off-campus, you will be taken to a sign-in page so that you can access library materials remotely.

January 24 – What is Environmental Economics?
“The ethics gap,” The Economist, December 2, 2000, p. 78.

Fullerton, Don and Robert N. Stavins (1998) “How Economists See the Environment,” Nature, 395, 433-434.

Vascellaro, Jessica E., “Green Groups See Potent Tool in Economics,” The Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2005.

January 26 – Market Failures
Ostrom, Elinor (2009), “A General Framework for Analyzing Sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems,” Science, 325(5939), 419-422.

Turkewitz, Julie, “This Land Is Your Land, and Yours, and Yours ….,” The New York Times, September 29, 2017, A10.

“All the fish in the sea,” The Economist, May 27, 2017, 22-24.

“A rising tide,” The Economist, September 20, 2008, pp. 97-98.

“Common sense,” The Economist, September 14, 2019, p. 72.

January 31 – Modeling Pollution
Eder, Steve, “One Apple Orchard. 5,000 Government Rules,” The New York Times, December 28, 2017, A1.

Wald, Matthew L., “Fossil Fuels’ Hidden Cost Is in Billions, Study Says,” The New York Times, October 20, 2009, p. A16.

“Giving up carbs,” The Economist, February 27, 2021, 60-61.

“We were expecting you,” The Economist, September 4, 2021, 73.

February 2 – Should the Government Intervene?
Fowlie, Meredith (2019), “Only Who Should Prevent Forest Fires?” Energy Institute at Hass blog, November 13, 2018.

Breeden, Aurelien, “Rooster’s Noise Lawsuit a Win for France’s Barnyard Bellowers,” The New York Times, January 25, 2021, A11.

Fuller, Thomas and Ivan Penn, “No Fires Yet, But California Is Paying Now,” The New York Times, July 22, 2019, A1, A13.

“Building in Wildland-Urban Interface Areas Boosts Wildfire Costs,”NBER Digest, March 2020.

Febrary 7 – Command and Control Policies for the Environment
Aldy, Joseph E. and William A. Pizer (2016), “Alternative Metrics for Comparing Domestic Climate Change Mitigation Efforts and the Emerging International Climate Policy Architecture,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 10(1), 3-24.

Lipton, Eric, “E.P.A. Offers Lifeline to the dirtiest Coal Plants,” The New York Times, August 25, 2018, A1.

February 9 & 14 – Emissions Fees and Subsidies
Klenert, David, Linus Mattauch, Emmanuel Combet, Ottmar Edenhofer, Cameron Hepburn, Ryan Rafaty, and Nicholas Stern (2018), “Making carbon prices work for citizens,” Nature Climate Change, 8, 669-677.

Marron, Donald, Eric Toder, and Lydia Austin (2015), “Taxing Carbon: What, Why, and How,” Tax Policy Center.

Davenport, Coral, “After Nobel, Economist Talks Climate Tax,” The New York Times, October 14, 2018, A24.

Leonhardt, David, “The Problem With Putting a Price on the End of the World,” The New York Times Magazine, April 9, 2019.

Plummer, Brad, “Outcomes Hazy for Countries that Tax Carbon Emissions,” The New York Times, April 5, 2019, B1, B4.

Plummer, Brad, “Projects to Bury Carbon Dioxide Get a Lift,” The New York Times, June 25, 2020, B3.

Porter, Eduardo, “British Columbia’s Carbon Tax Yields Real-World Lessons,” The New York Times, March 2, 2016, B1, B9.

February 16 & 21 – Tradable Permits
Schmalensee, Richard and Robert Stavins (2017), “Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Experience with Cap-and-Trade,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 11(1), 59-79.

Perino, Grischa (2018), “New EU ETS Phase 4 rules temporarily puncture waterbed,” Nature Climate Change, 8, 260-271.

Gillis, Justin, “In Price Tag on Carbon, Plans to Save the Planet,” The New York Times, May 30, 2014, A1, A20-A21.

Plumer, Brad, “California’s Ambitious Agenda to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” The New York Times, July 27, 2017, A13.

“Cleaning up,” The Economist, February 27, 2021, 57.

“Coming into its own,” The Economist, February 27, 2021, 56-57.

“Selling a new CORSIA,” The Economist, July 4, 2020, 57-58.

February 23 – Policy Instrument Choice: Theory and Air Pollution
Goulder, Lawrence H. and Ian W.H. Parry (2008), “Instrument Choice in Environmental Policy,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2(2), 152-174.

Pindyck, Robert S. (2007), “Uncertainty in Environmental Economics,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 1(1), 45-65.

Borenstein, Severin, “Understanding and Refining Emissions Markets”, Energy Institute Blog, UC Berkeley, July 6, 2020.

February 28 – Policy Instrument Choice: Water
Fisher-Vanden, Karen and Sheila Olmstead (2013), “Moving Pollution Trading from Air to Water: Potential, Problems, and Prognosis,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 27(1), 147-172.

Kerr, Suzi, Suzie Greenhalgh, and Geoff Simmons 2015. “The Taupo Nitrogen Market: The World’s Only Diffuse Source Trading Programme,” Moto Note #20.

Barringer, Felicity, “A Plan to Curb Farm-to-Watershed Pollution of Chesapeake Bay,” The New York Times, April 13, 2007, p. A10.

Plumer, Brad and Nadja Popovich, “Poor Americans Exposed to Unsafe Water, study Shows,” The New York Times, February 13, 2018, A10.

“Good job, Newark,” The Economist, April 17, 2021, 27.

March 2 – Behavioral Economics and Policy: Energy Efficiency
Gillingham, Kenneth and Karen Palmer (2014), “Bridging the Energy Efficiency Gap: Policy Insights from Economic Theory and Empirical Evidence,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 8(1), 18-38.

Journal of Policy Analysis and Management Point/Counterpoint on Internalities:

Allcott, Hunt and Cass R. Sunstein (2015), “Regulating Internalities,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 34(3):698-705.

Mannix, Brian F. and Susan E. Dudley (2015), “The Limits of Irrationality as a Rationale for Regulation,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 34(3):705-712.

Allcott, Hunt and Cass R. Sunstein (2015), “Counterpoint to Six Potential Arguments to ‘Regulating Internalities’,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 34(3):712-715.

Mannix, Brian F. and Susan E. Dudley (2015), “Please Don’t Regulate My Internalities,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 34(3):715-718.

“Nudges for nudgers,” Nature Energy 3, 2018, 701.

Jack, Kelsey, “Do Monthly Bills Undermine the Impact of Carbon Pricing?” Our 2 Cents Blog, July 10, 2019.

Wolfram, Catherine. “Closing the Energy Efficiency Gap for Low-Income Households”, Energy Institute Blog, UC Berkeley, October 21, 2019.

March 7 – Distributional Effects of Environmental Policies
Banzhaf, Spencer, Lala Ma, and Christopher Timmins (2019), “Environmental Justice: The Economics of Race, Place, and Pollution,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 33(1), 185-208.

Weber, Jeremy G. (2020), “How Should We Think about Environmental Policy and Jobs? An Analogy with Trade Policy and an Illustration from U.S. Coal Mining,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 14(1), 44-66.

Flavelle, Christopher, “Democrats’ Climate Plan to Embrace Racial Justice,” The New York Times, June 30, 2020, A20.

Popp, David, “Government investments can smooth worker transitions in a green economy, but must be used carefully,” Smart Prosperity Institute Guest Blog, June 25, 2020.

Raimi, Daniel, “Jobs, Equity, and Efficiency: Reconciling Priorities In a Transition to a Clean Energy Economy,” Resources, October 2020.

“California’s Carbon Market Cuts Air Pollution Exposure Gap,”NBER Digest, August 2020.

March 9 – Revealed Preference Techniques
“Analyzing Benefits,” Chapter 7 in Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analyses, Environmental Protection Agency, December 2010, sec. 7.1-7.3.1.

Colmer, Jonathan (2020), “What is the meaning of (statistical) life? Benefit-cost analysis in the time of COVID-19,” Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 36: S56-S63.

Applebaum, Binyamin, “A Life’s Value? It May Depend on the Agency,” The New York Times, February 17, 2011, A1, A3.

March 21 – Stated Preference Techniques
“Analyzing Benefits,” Chapter 7 in Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analyses, Environmental Protection Agency, December 2010, sec. 7.3.2.

Bishop, Richard C. et al. (2017) “Putting a Value on injuries to natural assets: The BP oil spill,” Science 356, 253-254.

Kling, Catherine L., Daniel J. Phaneuf, and Jinhua Zhao. (2012), “From Exxon to BP: Has Some Number Become Better than No Number?,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 26(4), 3-26.

March 23 – Estimating Benefits
“Analyzing Benefits,” Chapter 7 in Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analyses, Environmental Protection Agency, December 2010, sec. 7.4-7.5.

Keiser, David, Catherine Kling, and Daniel J. Phaneuf (2019) “The Social Cost of Water Pollution,” Resources, issue 201..

Muller, Nicholas Z. and Robert Mendelsohn (2010), “Weighing the Value of a Ton of Pollution,” Regulation, 33(2), 20-24.

Frakt, Austin “Pollution Takes Long-Term Economic Toll,” The New York Times, November 28, 2018, A15.

Plummer, Brad, “Will Cleaner Cars Lead to More Traffic Deaths? Experts Have Doubts,” The New York Times, August 3, 2018, A15.

“The weather report,” The Economist, January 18, 2014, 76.

March 28 – The Costs of Environmental Policies
Harrington, Winston, Richard D. Morgenstern, and Peter Nelson (2000), “On the Accuracy of Regulatory Cost Estimates,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 19(2), 297-322.

Shapiro, Joseph and Reed Walker, “Is Air Pollution Regulation Too Stringent?” Energy Institute Blog, UC Berkeley, December 14, 2020.

March 30 & April 4– Making Use of Value Measures – Benefit-Cost Analysis
Arrow, Kenneth et al. (1996), “Is There a Role for Benefit-Cost Analysis in Environmental, Health, and Safety Regulation?” Science, vol. 272, 221-222.

Goulder, Lawrence H. and Robert N. Stavins (2002), “An eye on the future,” Nature, 419, 673-674.

Krutillia, Kerry and John D. Graham. 2012. “Are Green Vehicles Worth the Extra Cost? The Case of Diesel-Electric hybrid Technology for Urban Delivery Vehicles,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 31(3): 501-532.

Wilson, Richard and Crouch, E.A.C., “Risk Assessment and Comparisons: An Introduction,” Science, April 17, 1987, vol. 236, pp. 267-270.

Auffhammer, Maximilian, Shouldn’t We Weight?” Energy Institute at Hass blog, May 17, 2021.

Fowlie, Meredith, “What Just Happened to the Mercury Rule?” Energy Institute at Hass blog, April 20, 2020.

Oreskes, Naomi and Nicholas Stern, “Climate Change’s Unknown Costs,” The New York Times, October 26, 2019, A27.

Prest, Brian C., William A. Pizer, and Richard G. Newell (2021), “Improving Discounting in the Social Cost of Carbon,” Resources 208: 12-15.

“Future lives matter,” The Economist, December 8, 2018, 75.

“The uncertainty of genius,” The Economist, September 7, 2019, 68.

“The rule of more,” The Economist, February 18, 2012, 77.

April 6 – Energy Pricing
Perloff, Jeffrey M., “Exhaustible Resources,” Microeconomics: Fourth Edition, pp. 562-568. on reserve

Killian, Lutz (2016), “The Impact of the Shale Oil Revolution on U.S. Oil and Gasoline Prices,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 10(2), 188-205.

Davis, Lucas (2018), “U.S Power Plant Emissions Down 45% Since 2010,” Energy Institute at Hass blog, December 10, 2018.

Varian, Hal R., “The Rapidly Changing Signs at the Gas Station Show Markets at Work,” The New York Times, August 24, 2006, p. C3.

Newell, Richard G. and Brian C. Priest. 2017. “How the Shale Boom has Transformed the US Oil and Gas Industry,” Resources for the Future Issue Brief 17-11.

“The bottom of the barrel,” The Economist, July 18, 2020, 51-52.

April 11 & 13 – Alternative Energy Technologies
Borenstein, Severin (2012), “The Private and Public Economics of Renewable Electricity Generation,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 26(1), 67-92.

Popp, David, (2019) “Promoting Clean Energy Innovation,” ifoDICE Report, 17(4), 30-35.

Barnard, Anne and Grace Ashford, “New York’s Ambitious Clean Energy Plan Faces Headwinds,” The New York Times, November 29, 2021, A12.

Cleary, Kathryne and Karen Palmer, “US Electricity Markets 101,” Future of Power Explainer Series, Resources for the Future, March 3, 2020.

Fowlie, Meredith. 2017 “The Renewable Energy Auction Revolution,” Energy Institute at Hass blog, May 22, 2017.

Gross, Samantha, “Why are fossil fuels so hard to quit?” Brookings Essay, June 2020.

Wolfram, Catherine (2019), What Drove Solar PV Price Reductions?” Energy Institute at Hass blog, September 9, 2019.

Paterson, Alana, “In Silicon Valley, Little Appetite for Climate Tech,” The New York Times, May 7, 2019, B1.

Plumer, Brad, “Glut of Natural Gas Pressures Nuclear Power, and Climate Goals, Too,” The New York Times, June 14, 2017, A17.

Plumer, Brad and Christopher Flavelle, “Businesses Explore Practical Ways to Pull Greenhouse Gases From the Air,” The New York Times, January 19, 2021, B5.

Porter, Eduardo, “Behind Drop in Oil Prices, A Federal Role,” The New York Times, January 21, 2015, B1, B9.

Porter, Eduardo, “Embrace of Renewables Has a Hidden Cost,” The New York Times, July 20, 2016, B1, B4.

“Marching bans,” The Economist, October 3, 2020, 64.

“Not-so-slow burn” The Economist, May 23, 2020, 49-50.

“Solar eclipsed,” The Economist, December 22, 2018, 86-88.

“To have and to hold,” The Economist, November 30, 2019, 60-61.

April 18 – Water as a Scarce Resource
Leonard, Bryan, Christopher Costello, and Gary D. Libecap (2019), “Expanding Water Markets in the Western United States: Barriers and Lessons from Other Natural Resource Markets,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 13(1): 43-61.

Olmstead, Sheila M, “The Economics of Managing Scarce Water Resources,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Summer 2010, 4(2), 179-198.

Ayers, Andrew, “A Rights-based Approach to Cooperation and Coordination under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act” Our 2 Cents Blog, September 126, 2019.

Plantinga, Andrew, “Is the Promise of Coase Fulfilled?” Our 2 Cents Blog, September 19, 2019.

“For want of a drink,” The Economist, May 22, 2010, pp. S3-S5.

“From paddles to puddles,” The Economist, May 19, 2018, 34-35.

“Liquidity crisis,” The Economist, November 5, 2016, 17-19.

“Low and dry,” The Economist, August 21, 2021, 23-24.

April 20 – Growth and the Environment
“An Analytical Framework for Inclusive Green Growth,” chapter 1 in Inclusive Green Growth: The Pathway to Sustainable Development, World Bank, Washington, DC, 2012.

Heal, Geoffrey, “Reflections—Defining and Measuring Sustainability,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Winter 2012, 6(1), 147-163.

“An opportunity to score,” The Economist, February 29, 2020, 25-26.

“Capital pains,” The Economist, July 18, 2020, 73.

“The natural question,” The Economist, February 6, 2021, 62.

“Sovereign wealth, sovereign whims,” The Economist, June 15, 2019, 40.

April 25 – Environmental Issues in Developing and Emerging Economies
Jayachandra, Seema (2021), “How Economic Development Influences the Environment,” NBER Working Paper #29191.

Lee, Kenneth and Edward Miguel, “Despite $7 billion to ‘Power Africa,’ why the continent is still in the dark, July 30, 2015.

Wolfram, Catherine (2018), “Good Morning Vietnam, Energywise,” Energy Institute at Hass blog, April 23, 2018.

Laval, Shola, “As Economies Get Bigger, Air Pollution Falls in Africa,” The New York Times, February 9, 2021, A9.

Wexler, Alexandra and Gabriele Steinhauser, “South Africa Can’t Afford to Quit Coal. Will Rich Countries Pay for the Transition?” The Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2021.

“A greener horizon,” The Economist, September 26, 2020, 42-43.

“Enough is not enough,” The Economist, May 22, 2010, S6-S8.

“Festival of darkness,” The Economist, November 9, 2019.

“Fire escape,” The Economist, May 8, 2021, 46-47.

“Painted into a corner,” The Economist, February 24, 2018, 51-52.

“Power to the powerless,” The Economist, February 27, 2016, 49-50.

“Towards a greener future,” The Economist, January 6, 2018, pp. 51-53.

April 27 – Policies to Promote Environmental Protection in Developing Countries
Busch, Jonah and Kalifi Ferretti-Gallon (2017), “What Drives Deforestation and What Stops It? A Meta-Analysis,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 11(1), 3-23.

Kerr, Suzi C., “The Economics of International Policy Agreements to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Winter 2013, 7(1), pp. 47-66.

Fowlie, Meredith, “Carbon Offsets Get a Green Light in Glasgow”, Energy Institute Blog, UC Berkeley, November 22, 2021..

“A clearing in the trees,” The Economist, August 23, 2014, 56-58.

“A pale shade of green,” The Economist, March 9, 2019, 37-38.

“Money for old trees,” The Economist, November 6, 2021, 42..

“Up a tree,” The Economist, November 6, 2021, 54-55.

May 2 – International Trade Agreements
Ederington, Josh (2010), “Should Trade Agreements Include Environmental Policy?” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 4(1), 84-102.

Frankel, Jeffrey A. (2003), “The Environment and Globalization,” NBER Working Paper #10090.

Campbell, Erin, Anne McDarrris and William Pizer, “Border Carbon Adjustments 101,” Resources for the Future Explainer Series, November 10, 2021.

“At the coalface of climate policy,” The Economist, July 17, 2021, 66.

“Making trade greener,” The Economist, October 9, 2021, S10-S11.

“Out of sight,” The Economist, October 19. 2019, 72-73.

May 4 – The Political Economy of Environmental Policy
Adler, Jonathan H., “Rent Seeking Behind the Green Curtain,” CATO Regulation, Fall 1996, 19(4), 26-34.

Meckling, Jonas et al. (2015), “Winning coalitions for climate policy,” Science, 349(6253), 1170-1171.

Tabuchi, Hiroko and Danny Hakim, “Improving Air Quality With Better Chemistry,” The New York Times, October 17, 2016, B1, B5.

“The best is the enemy of the green,” The Economist, December 5, 2015, 75.