PAI 777 On-line Articles

Spring 2021

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.

February 8 – 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.

February 10 – 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.

February 15 – 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.

February 17 – 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.

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 22– 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 24 & March 1 – 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.

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.

March 3 & 8 – 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.

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.

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

March 10– 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.

March 15 – 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.

March 17 – 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 22 – 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 24 – 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 29 – 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 31 – 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..

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.

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

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

April 5 – 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.

April 7 & 12– 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), “MatterWhat Just Happened to the Mercury Rule?” Energy Institute at Hass blog, April 20, 2020.

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.

April 14 – 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.

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 19 & 26 – 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.

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 28 – 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

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

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

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

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

May 3 – 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.

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.

“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.

“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.

May 5 – 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.

May 10 – 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.

Nordhaus, William D. “The Climate Club,” Foreign Affairs, May/June 2020, 84-102.

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

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

May 12 – 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.