Discussion Paper Series

In the Media

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.
December 2018
Sulmaan Khan's book, ‘Haunted by Chaos: China’s Grand Strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping,' is considered one of the top books of 2018 by The American Interest.
December 2018
Senior Research Affiliate Kevin Knobloch leads project to develop offshore wind power distribution network.
December 2018
Professor Sulmaan Khan writes on U.S.-China relations in Foreign Affairs: "Avoiding War Between America and China."
December 2018
Kelly Sims Gallagher is quoted in Caixin on the carbon lock-in effects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
November 2018
Patrick Verkooijen discusses how policymakers can ensure community resilience while Living with Climate Change.
November 2018
Kelly Sims Gallagher argues that State cap-and-trade systems offer evidence that carbon pricing can work.
October 2018
Kelly Sims Gallagher writes in response to the IPCC report that "Virtuous Climate Cycles" are needed.
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Climate Policy Lab

  • 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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