Discussion Paper Series

In the Media

March 2019
Patrick Verkooijen joins former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon in discussing climate-proofing communities.
March 2019
Easwaran Narassimhan's research on the role of demand-side incentives and charging
infrastructure on plug-in electric vehicle adoption is examined in Xufei Shen's article on electric vehicle adoption in the Chicago Policy Review.
February 2019
Kelly Sims Gallagher is quoted in Lisa Friedman and Trip Gabriel's article in The New York Times about the ambitious Green New Deal.
February 2019
Kelly Sims Gallagher talks climate change and what China and the United States are doing about it with Heather Stephenson in Tufts Now.
February 2019
Kelly Sims Gallagher's research is cited in the book, "Making Climate Assessments Work: Learning from California and Other Subnational Climate Assessments: Proceedings of a Workshop" by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
February 2019
Kelly Sims Gallagher is cited extensively in Michael Lelyveld's article, "China's Belt And Road Initiative Blackened by Coal."
January 2019
Kelly Sims Gallagher participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Aspen Institute at the 8th India-US Track II Dialogue on Climate Change and Energy on the Role of Technology and Science in the India-US Bilateral Relationship. The conversation was moderated by John Podesta, Founder of the Center for American Progress, and featured participants from the 8th India-US Track II Dialogue on Climate Change and Energy
January 2019
Gib Metcalf outlines why he supports a carbon tax for reducing carbon pollution and suggests ways the U.S. could enact such a tax.
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  • Which climate policies work in practice?
  • Which don't?
  • Why?

  • And under which conditions would policies work elsewhere?


These are the questions that the Climate Policy Lab seeks to answer. Much of the scholarship on climate change policy is theoretical, not empirical. Extensive literature now exists about the merits of price versus quantity instruments, for example, but much less exists evaluating the actual implementation of these policies. The CPL is mindful of relevant theory, but emphasizes assessment of actually-implemented climate policies. This approach allows the lab to be nimble and responsive to changes in the policy environment, and not driven by the use and refinement of a specific model. The scope of the Lab is highly attuned to state, national, and bi-lateral policy processes while maintaining a global perspective—the motto of The Fletcher School. In addition, we focus on, and work with, multilateral organizations.

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