Seminar Canceled

Speaker: Meredith Fowlie, Associate Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley
Host: Energy Graduate Group
Date: 11/16/2018
Time: 10:30am to 11:50am
Location: 1605 Tilia Street, West Village, UC Davis

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Abstract:  Economists generally agree that carbon pricing should be a core component of any meaningful policy response to climate change. But this compelling economic idea has been difficult to translate into politically feasible policy. Over the past two decades, experimentation around the world has been progressing slowly and with mixed results. In many respects, California has been at the bleeding edge of these efforts. I will unpack some of the empirical evidence on carbon pricing impacts across a range of economic outcomes and focus on some important challenges. One big challenge stems from the fact that carbon pricing programs currently regulate only a subset of the sources contributing to the global climate change problem, raising the potential for “leakage” and “resource shuffling.” Another challenge concerns the distribution of policy costs and benefits. Whereas in principle, the efficiency gains from market-based GHG regulation could be redistributed to make everyone better off, the reality is far more complicated.

Bio:  Meredith Fowlie holds the Class of 1935 Endowed Chair in Energy at UC Berkeley. She is an Associate Professor in the Agriculture and Resource Economics department, an affiliated faculty of the Energy and Resources Group, a research affiliate at the Energy Institute at Haas, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Energy and Environmental Economics group.

Fowlie has worked extensively on the economics of energy markets and the environment. Her research investigates real-world applications of market-based environmental regulations, the economics of energy efficiency, the demand-side of energy markets, energy use in emerging economies. Her work has appeared in The American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, The Review of Economics and Statistics, and other academic journals.

She received a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley in 2006, an M.Sc. from Cornell in 2000, and a B.Sc. from Cornell in 1997. Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley she was an Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

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