ECON 3116A: Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy

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  • API 905y/ECON 3116 a/b are cross-listed together here as one course page.  
  • The seminar will return to in-person only for the Fall 2023 semester.  It will meet on scheduled Wednesday's in Land Hall, Belfer 400 at the Harvard Kennedy School 4:30 - 5:45.
  • If you do not have a Harvard ID, and you plan to attend the seminar, please email Meredith Landry so that she can add you to the security list.  All Non-Harvard ID holders will need to enter the Kennedy School through the main entrance of the Wexner building and check in at the security desk so please allow extra time for entry.


  • The seminar syllabus and schedule are available for download via the buttons below and the Files page.
  • Papers will be made available approximately two weeks before each seminar date and will be available for download in the Fall 2023 subfolder of the Files page.


Fall 2023 - Spring 2024 | W 4:30 - 5:45 pm ET, as scheduled | Land Hall, Belfer 400 at Harvard Kennedy School

Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged

Course Description: This is a year-long research seminar on topics in environmental and natural resource economics. It meets periodically (see schedule) on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 PM as scheduled, and will be in-person only for the Fall 2023-Spring 2024. Seminars emphasize theoretical models, quantitative empirical analysis, and public policy applications, featuring presentations by invited speakers. Auditors are welcome. 

Course Requirements: Registered students must enroll for the full year of the seminar and attend all sessions.  They prepare a research paper, an outline of which is due at the conclusion of the fall semester.  Papers are due at the conclusion of the spring semester, and should be at the level of the seminar, i.e. Ph.D.-level economics.  In addition, students prepare brief (two-page) essays related to each seminar presentation and discussion throughout the year prior to the start of each seminar.  Required reading consists of papers presented at each session.

Prerequisites: The course is intended primarily for Ph.D. students in economics, political economy and government, public policy, health policy, and related fields with interests in applications in the environmental and natural resource area.  Prerequisites include Ph.D.-level course work in microeconomic theory, such as Economics 2010A/B, Economics 2020A/B (cross-listed as Kennedy School API-111/112), and API-109i/110i.

Schedule Spring 2024

Syllabus 2023-2024 API-905y Econ 3116-4






Meredith Landry |


Spring 2024 SCHEDULE

API-905y/Econ 3116

Robert Stavins and James Stock

Spring 2024, Wednesday, 4:30-5:45 pm

Harvard Kennedy School, Land Hall (Belfer Building, Room 400)


Support from Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics

and the Department of Economics is Gratefully Acknowledged


January 31                  George Serafeim, Shirley Lu, and Trang Nguyen, Harvard Business School.  “Managerial Incentive Diffusion and Decarbonization Rates.”


February 21                    Jacquelyn Pless, MIT Sloan School of Management, Robyn Meeks, and Zhenuan Wang, Duke University. “Can Digitalization Improve Public Services? Evidence from Innovation in Energy Management.”


February 28                Kelsey Jack, Flavio Malagutti, University of California, Santa Barbara, Misbath Daouda, Darby Jack, Columbia University, Paulina Oliva, University of Southern California, K.P. Asante, and Abubakari Sulemana, Kintampo Health Research Center.  “Targeting Subsidies through Price Menus:  Design and Evidence from Clean Fuels.”


March 20                    Conor Hickey, Harvard Business School, and Myles Allen, University of Oxford. “Carbon Storage Portfolios for the Transition to Net Zero.”


March 22                  Marshall Burke, Stanford University. “Are We Adapting to Climate Change?” [Special Location & Time: Department of Economics, Littauer M-16, Friday, 12:00-1:15 pm]


March 27                    Judd Boomhower, University of California, San Diego, Meredith Fowlie, University of California, Berkeley, Jacob Gellman, University of Alaska, and Andrew Plantinga, University of California, Santa Barbara.  “How Are Insurance Markets Adapting to Climate Change?  Risk Selection and Regulation in the Market for Homeowners Insurance.”


April 3                                     Eugenie Dugoua, London School of Economics, and Todd Gerarden, Cornell University.  “Induced Innovation, Inventors, and the Energy Transition.”


April 10                       Maya Norman and Wolfram Schlenker, Columbia University.  “An Empirical Test of the Green Paradox for Climate Legislation.”


April 17                       Bryan Bollinger, New York University, Todd Gerarden, Cornell University, Kenneth Gillingham, Yale University, Drew Vollmer, U.S. Department of Justice, and Daniel Xu, Duke University.  “Strategic Avoidance and Welfare Impacts of U.S. Solar Panel Tariffs.”


Note:  Name of presenter is in Bold.


For further information, contact Professor Stavins at the Kennedy School, Professor Stock at the Department of Economics, or the course assistant, Meredith Landry (617-496-8054), or visit the seminar web site.