PAI 777 On-line Articles

Spring 2020

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 13 – 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 15 – Market Failures
Hardin, Garrett (1968), “The Tragedy of The Commons,” Science, 162(3859), 1243-1248.

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

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.

January 27 – Should the Government Intervene?
Coase, Ronald (1960), “The Problem of Social Cost,” The Journal of Law and Economics, 3, 1-44.

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

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

January 29– 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.

Stavins, Robert N. (2006), “Vintage-Differentiated Environmental Regulation,” Stanford Environmental Law Journal, 25(1), 29-63.

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

“Awry in the sky,” The Economist, December 16, 2017, 39-40.

February 3 & 5 – 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.

Metcalf, Gilbert E. (2019), “The distributional impacts of U.S. Energy Policy,” Energy Policy, 129, 926-929.

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.

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

February 10 – Tradable Permits: theory
no additional reading

February 12 – Permit Trading Policy in Practice – Acid Rain and SO2 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.

Bradsher, Keith and Lisa Friedman, “China Plans Huge Market for Trading Pollution Credits,” The New York Times, December 20, 2017, B1, B2.

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.

February 17– 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.

“Tax or Trade,” The Economist, February 16, 2002, p. 72.

February 19  – 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.

February 24– Federalism and Environmental Policy
“Federalism and Environmental Protection: Case Studies for Drinking Water and Ground-Level Ozone,” Congressional Budget Office, November 1997 (read chapter 1 only).

Adler, Jonathan H., “The Fable of Federal Environmental Regulation: Reconsidering the Federal Role in Environmental Protection,” Case Western Reserve Law Review, 2004, vol. 55, pp. 93-113.

Shobe, William M. and Dallas Burtraw (2012), “Rethinking Environmental Federalism in a Warming World,” Climate Change Economics, 3(4).

“The great divide,” The Economist, June 29, 2019, 21-22.

Del Real, Jose A. “Lush Groves Everywhere, and Water Unsafe to Drink,” The New York Times, May 22, 2019, A12.

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

Sallee, James. “Waving Goodbye to the California Waiver?” Energy Institute Blog, UC Berkeley, September 23, 2019.

February 26– 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 2 – Revealed Preference Techniques
Cameron, Trudy Ann (2010), “Euthanizing the Value of a Statistical Life,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 4(2), 161-178.

“Analyzing Benefits,” Chapter 7 in Guidelines for Preparing Economic Analyses, Environmental Protection Agency, December 2010, sec. 7.1-7.3.1.

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

March 4 – 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 9– Estimating Benefits
Ferraro, Paul J., Kathleen Lawlor, Katrina L. Mullan, and Subhrendu K. Patanayak, “Forest Figures: Ecosystem Services Valuation in Developing Countries,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Winter 2012, 6(1), pp. 20-44.

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

Wichman, Casey J. 2017. “The Strategic Costs of Carbon Emissions: Global versus Domestic Policy Considerations,” Resources, issue 195.

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.

“Are you being served?,” The Economist, April 23, 2005, pp. 76-78.

“Calculating,” The Economist, November 18, 2017, 25.

“Money can grow on trees,” The Economist, September 25, 2010, S6-S7.

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

March 11– 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.

Smith, V. Kerry (2015), “Should Benefit-Cost Methods Take Account of High Unemployment? Symposium Introduction,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 9(2), 165-178.

Wald, Matthew L, “Solar Power Industry Falls Short of Hopes in Job Creation,” The New York Times, October 26, 2011, F3.

March 23 & 25– 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.

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

Fowlie, Meredith (2018), “Air Pollution Co-Benefits Matter” Energy Institute at Hass blog, November 13, 2018.

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.

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

Varian, Hal R., “Recalculating the Costs of Global Climate Change,” The New York Times, December 14, 2006, p. C3.

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

“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.

March 30 – 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.

Kraus, Clifford, “U.S. Boom in Natural Gas Could Ripple From the Arctic to Africa,” The New York Times, October 18, 2017, B3.

Krauss, Clifford, “New Balance of Power,” The New York Times, April 23, 2015, F1.

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.

“Peering inside the Permian,” The Economist, October 20, 2018, 57-59.

April 1 & 6 – Alternative Energy Technologies
Barrett, Scott, “The Coming Global Climate-Technology Revolution,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, Spring 2009, 23(2), pp. 53-75.

Borenstein, Severin (2012), “The Private and Public Economics of Renewable Electricity Generation,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 26(1), 67-92.

Popp, David (2010), “Innovation and Climate Policy,” Annual Review of Resource Economics, 2, 275-298.

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

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.

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.

Rueb, Emily S. “How New York City Gets Its Electricity,” The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/02/10/nyregion/how-new-york-city-gets-its-electricity-power-grid.html.

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

“Windfall,” The Economist, July 27, 2019, 53-54.

April 8– 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.

Barringer, Felicity, “In California, Spigots Start Draining Pockets,” The New York Times, May 9, 2014, A16, A18.

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

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

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

April 13– 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.

Boyd, James W., “What Should Be Counted in Green GDP,” Resources, Summer 2006, pp. 6-9. on reserve

“Life on Mars,” The Economist, November 3, 2018, 63.

“The real wealth of nations,” The Economist, June 30, 2012, p. 78.

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

April 15– Environmental Issues in Developing and Emerging Economies
Dasgupta, Susmita, Benoit Laplante, Hua Wang, and David Wheeler (2002), “Confronting the Environmental Kuznets Curve,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 16(1), 147-168.

Greenstone, Michael and B. Kelsey Jack (2015), “Envirodevonomics: A Research Agenda for an Emerging Field,” Journal of Economic Literature, 2015, 53(1), 5-42. (Note: This is a more technical version of the article “Environmental economics in developing countries: an emerging field,” in the Readings text.

Barry, Ellen, “For Indians, Smog and Poverty are Higher Priorities Than Talks in Paris,” The New York Times, December 10, 2015, A19.

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.

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

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

“How the other half cooks,” The Economist, April 7, 2018, 50-51.

“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 20– 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.

Casado, Letícia and Ernesto Londoño, “Destruction of Amazon Rain Forest Accelerates,” The New York Times, July 28, 2019, A1.

Fowlie, Meredith, “Are Trees Getting Too Much Climate Credit…or Not Enough?”, Energy Institute Blog, UC Berkeley, June 10, 2019..

Saltzman, Jim, “How big are Payments for Ecosystem Services?” Our 2 Cents Blog, September 19, 2019.

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

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

April 22– 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.

Porter, Eduardo, “Climate Deal Badly Needs A Big Stick,” The New York Times, June 3, 2015, B1, B6.

“Air trade,” The Economist, February 23, 2013, 72.

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

April 27– 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, “Carmakers want to Ease Emissions Standards,” The New York Times, March 2, 2018, B4.

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.