KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

RICK VAN DER PLOEG

RICK VAN DER PLOEG

Rick van der Ploeg is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre). Formerly, he was Professor of Economics at the European University Institute, Florence and he is affiliated with the VU University of Amsterdam, and the Tinbergen Institute. He is a research fellow in international macroeconomics at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. He directs the public sector economics programme, and is Chair of the Scientific Council of CESifo. He has published extensively on macroeconomics, public finance, political economy and environmental and resource economics.He is former Chief Financial Spokesperson in the Dutch Parliament, State Secretary of Education, Science and Culture of the Netherlands and Elected Member of the Unesco World Heritage Committee.

KAREN PALMER

KAREN PALMER

Karen Palmer has been a researcher at RFF for more than 20 years and is the first recipient of the Darius Gaskins Chair. She specializes in the economics of environmental and public utility regulation, particularly on issues at the intersection of air quality regulation and the electricity sector. Her work seeks to improve the design of incentive-based environmental regulations that influence the electric utility sector, including controls of multi-pollutants and carbon emissions from electrical generating plants. To this end, she identifies cost-effective approaches to allocating emissions allowances, explores policies targeting carbon emissions and other air pollutants, and efficient ways to promote use of renewable sources of electricity. Palmer’s work has direct links to debates on the design of a federal cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions and regional efforts to control releases of greenhouse gases in the US. Before joining RFF in 1989, Palmer was a teaching fellow at Boston College and a staff economist at Data Resources, Inc. In 1996-1997, she was a visiting economist in the Office of Economic Policy at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

INVITED DISCUSSANTS AND PRESENTERS

ANTONIO BENTO

ANTONIO BENTO

Antonio Bento is a professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics of the University of Southern California. Currently, he serves as the Director of the Graduate Programs in Public Policy at the Sol Price School. A PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics (jointly with Economics) from the University of Maryland in 2000, Bento is an applied microeconomist with a research program in the areas of environmental, energy, urban, and public economics. Most of his work consists of theoretical and empirical assessments of major public policy issues, and his scholarly interests range widely both in topics and methods. For the past few years, Bento has written on topics related to the design of climate change mitigation policies and the interactions of (new) environmental policies with the broader tax system; the effectiveness of policies that promote the expansion of biofuels, renewable energy, and the diffusion of cleaner technologies; causes and remedies of urban sprawl and urban environmental challenges in developed and developing countries; the benefits of major environmental regulations, such as the Clean Air Act and its Amendments; individual responses to real-time pricing; and the distributional impacts of various environmental policies, including federal gasoline taxes. His work has been published in, among other outlets, the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and the Energy Journal.

CHRISTOPH BÖHRINGER

CHRISTOPH BÖHRINGER

Christoph Böhringer studied Economic Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and received his PhD in economics from the University of Stuttgart in 1995. Between 1995-1998 he supervised the research group "Energy Economics" at IER (Institute of Energy Economics), University of Stuttgart. In 2004 he was appointed as a full professor at the University of Heidelberg. Böhringer was also head of the ZEW research department "Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management" at Mannheim between 1999-2007. From 2007 onwards, he holds the chair for economic policy at the University of Oldenburg. His research focuses on the impact analysis of environmental, energy, and trade policies. He has widely published in peer-reviewed international journals on these topics.

MARCO CASARI

MARCO CASARI

Marco Casari is Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Economics of the University of Bologna. He earned a Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology and held positions at Ohio State University, the Autonoma University in Barcelona, and Purdue University. His research is about the foundations of cooperation in societies from both an institutional and a behavioral perspectives. His recent projects employ laboratory experiments to study cooperation in global climate change or the regional divides in terms of civicness, and cooperation in continuous time. His publications have appeared, among others, in Econometrica, the American Economic Review, PNAS, the Economic Journal, Games and Economic Behavior and Experimental Economics. Casari has received a Starting Grant from the European Research Council and financial support from the Russel Sage Foundation, the European Commission and other public and private institutions.

JOSE M. LABEAGA

JOSE M. LABEAGA

José M. Labeaga is PhD in Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and professor of economic theory at the Spanish Open University, UNED. He has been general director of the Spanish Institute for Fiscal Studies and director of the FEDEA-BBVA research chair on new consumers. His main research interests lay in the analysis of individual behavior in consumption and labour decisions, and on the simulation and assessment of the effects of different public policies. He has served in the board of different organizations and journals, and has published the results of his research in the main academic journals of his field.

JUAN-PABLO MONTERO

JUAN-PABLO MONTERO

Juan-Pablo Montero is Professor of Economics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC Chile) and has held visiting positions at the MIT Sloan School of Management (2000-2001) and at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2005-2006). He received a Civil Engineering degree from PUC Chile and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from MIT. His research work concentrates on industrial organization, environmental and resource economics and has been published in leading academic journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Economic Theory or RAND Journal of Economics. He has served in the editorial boards of Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Review of Environment and Development Economics, among others, and now is Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. He has also been a consultant for the Government of Chile, private corporations and international organizations in topics of industrial organization and environmental regulation. In 2007 he was named "Chilean Economist of the Year" by El Mercurio, the main Chilean newspaper.

MICHAEL POLLITT

MICHAEL POLLITT

Michael Pollitt is Professor of Business Economics at the University of Cambridge. Ph.D in Economics from the University of Oxford, his research interests are in the areas of industrial economics, privatisation and regulation of electricity utilities and the measurement of productive efficiency. He is currently co-editor of Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy and a member of the editorial boards of the Review of Industrial Organization, Competition and Regulation in Network Industries and Utilities Policy. Dr Pollitt has advised the UK Competition Commission, the New Zealand Commerce Commission, Ofgem, Ofwat, ESRC, the Norwegian Research Council, the DTI, the World Bank and the European Commission.