Carnegie Mellon University
June 28, 2022

Steinbrenner Institute Sponsors 7th Northeast Workshop on Energy Policy and Environmental Economics

Over the weekend of June 13th and 14th, Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College hosted the seventh Northeast Workshop On Energy Policy and Environmental Economics. The annual workshop began in 2013 and in past years has been held at universities like Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Columbia University, and Dartmouth College.

The workshop is meant to provide faculty and senior graduate students with an opportunity to present and network in a smaller scale setting. Speakers are assembled to present on a set of papers which reflect the latest advances in energy and environmental economics. The event focuses on key policy-oriented energy and environmental issues through public economics, development economics, health economics, industrial organization, and macroeconomics.

The weekend featured presentations on longer papers with discussants, presentations on shorter papers, and quick, five-minute egg timer sessions, which allowed participants to sketch out an area of current research and highlight central findings. This year’s event saw around 45 people in attendance. A full list of speakers and papers can be found below. The weekend also provided lovely outdoor lunches and a wonderful reception sponsored by the Scott Institute.

This year’s Northeast Workshop was organized by CMU’s Karen Clay, Akshaya Jha, Edson Severnini, and University of Pittsburgh's Jeremy Weber and had generous support from the Scott Institute, the Steinbrenner Institute, the Tepper School of Business, and the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Longer Papers (presenters in bold)

  • Raphael Calel (Georgetown University), Jonathan Colmer (University of Virginia), Antoince Dechezleprêtre (London School of Economics), and Matthieu Glachant (MINES ParisTech)
    • Do Carbon Offsets Offset Carbon?
    • Discussant: Jacquelyn Pless (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Michael Coury (University of Pittsburgh), Toru Kitagawa (Brown University), Allison Shertzer (University of Pittsburgh), and Matthew Turner (Brown University)
    • The Value of Piped Water and Sewers: Evidence from 19th Century Chicago
    • Discussant: Edson Severnini (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Paige Weber (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Matt Woerman (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
    • Decomposing the Effect of Renewables on the Electricity Sector
    • Discussant: Todd Gerarden (Cornell University)
  • Fiona Burlig (University of Chicago), Akshaya Jha (Carnegie Mellon University), and Louis Preonas (University of Maryland)
    • Transmission Constraints and Electricity Trade in India
    • Discussant: Rich Sweeney (Boston College)

Shorter Papers (presenters in bold)

  • Hui Zhou (Cornell University)
    • Restricting Used Vehicle Imports: Welfare Effects and Strategic Interactions
  • Bryan Bollinger (NYU Stern), Todd Gerarden (Cornell University), Kenneth Gillingham (Yale University), Drew Vollmer (Duke University), and Daniel Xu (Duke University)
    • Strategic Avoidance and Welfare Impacts of U.S. Solar Panel Tariffs
  • Joel Landry (Pennsylvania State University)
    • Policy Competition for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mitigation and the Preferred Social Cost of Carbon
  • Tridevi Chakma (Harvard Kennedy School)
    • The Historical Origins of Heat Disparities: Evidence from the Great Migration
  • Shinsuke Tanaka (Tufts University)
    • Blowin’ In The Wind: Long-Term Downwind Exposure to Air Pollution from Power Plants and Adult Mortality
  • Jeffrey Shrader (Columbia University), Laura Bakkensen (University of Arizona), and Derek Lemoine (University of Arizona)
    • Fatal Errors: The Mortality Value of Accurate Weather Forecasts
  • Florian Grosset (Columbia University), Charles Taylor (Columbia University), and Anna Papp (Columbia University)
    • Can land policy change the climate? Evidence from a large tree-planting program
  • Daniel Brent (Pennsylvania State University), Douglas Wrenn (Pennsylvania State University), Gabriel Lara (Pennsylvania State University), Allison Lassiter (University of Pennsylvania), Joseph Cook (Washington State University)
    • Peer Effects in Residential Green Infrastructure Adoption
  • Anita Mukherjee (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Nick Sanders (Cornell University)
    • The Causal Effect of Heat on Violence: Social Implications of Unmitigated Heat Among the Incarcerated
  • Daniel Berkowitz (University of Pittsburgh), Andrew J. Boslett (University of Rochester), Jason P. Brown (Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City), and Jeremy G. Weber (University of Pittsburgh)
    • Rational but Not Prescient: Borrowing during the Fracking Boom
  • Karen Clay (Carnegie Mellon University), Edson Severnini (Carnegie Mellon University), and Xiao Wang (Carnegie Mellon University)
    • Airborne Lead Pollution and Infant Mortality

Egg-timer Papers (presenters in bold)

  • Ethan Addicott (Yale University) Many Assets, Many Services: Valuing Beaches, Buildings, and Dunes in Coastal North Carolina
  • Joseph E. Aldy (Harvard Kennedy School), and Jacob Bradt (Harvard Kennedy School) Private Benefits from Public Investment in Climate Adaptation and Resilience
  • Xinming Du (Columbia University) Environmental externality and social interaction: Evidence from refinery pollution in the U.S.
  • Connor Forsythe (Carnegie Mellon University), Akshaya Jha (Carnegie Mellon University), Jeremy J. Michalek (Carnegie Mellon University), and Kate S.Whitefoot (Carnegie Mellon University) Externalities of Policy-Induced Scrappage: The Case of Automotive Regulations
  • Matthew Gordon (Yale University) Visibility and Vulnerability: Aid Allocations after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake
  • Timothy Hyde (Carnegie Mellon University) How do homebuyers adapt after exposure to a nearby disaster? Evidence from the Florida real estate market
  • Hyuk-soo Kwon (Cornell University) From Subsidy to Credit: Welfare Effects of Market Power in Electric Vehicle Credit Trading System
  • Kristen McCormack (Harvard University) How do stressful environmental conditions affect student misbehavior?
  • Joanna Slusarewicz (Carnegie Mellon University) How did the 2010 SO2 U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) affect coal power plant emissions?
  • Karen Clay (Carnegie Mellon University, Edson Severnini (Carnegie Mellon University), and Xiaochen Sun (Carnegie Mellon University) Impacts of a Cap-and-Trade Program on Local Air Pollution: Evidence from the Acid Rain Program
  • Andrew Wilson (Columbia University) Air pollution, weather, and criminal courts
  • Mengying Wu (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Effects of citizen scrutiny on polluter behavior in China