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Molly K. Macauley
Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow
202-328-5043
macauley@rff.org
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PROFILE
Molly Macauley's research interests include space economics and policy, the economics of new technologies for research and understanding of the interactions between people and natural resources, the use of economic incentives in environmental regulation, climate and earth science, and recycling and solid waste management. She serves on numerous special committees of the National Academy of Sciences and federal agencies.
  
Featured Publications
Strategically Placing Green Infrastructure: Cost-Effective Land Conservation in the Floodplain
Kousky, C., S. M. Olmstead, M. A. Walls, and M. Macauley
Environmental Science & Technology | DOI: 10.1021/es303938c
 
Forest Carbon Economics: What We Know, What We Do Not, and Whether it Matters
Molly K Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Climate Change Economics | December 2012 | Vol. 3, No.4
 
Policy for Robust Space-Based Earth Science, Technnology, and Applications
Molly Macauley, Molly E. Brown, Vanessa M. Escobar, Josef Aschbacher, Maria Pilar Milagro-Perez, Bradley Doorn and Lawrence Friedl
Space Policy | February 2013 | Vol. 29, No. 1 | pp. 76-82
 
Earth Observations and Space Strategy
Molly K. Macauley
Space Strategy in the 21st Century | Eligar Sadeh | New York: Routledge | 2013
 
Prizes, Patents and Technology Procurement: A Proposed Analytical Framework
Timothy J. Brennan, Molly K. Macauley, Kate Whitefoot
RFF Discussion Paper 11-21-REV | December 2012
 
Challenges in Managing Long-Lived Environmental Problems
Molly K Macauley
US Department of the Interior | DOI Office of Policy Analysis | Washington DC | November 5, 2012
 
Forest Carbon Offsets: Challenges in Measuring, Monitoring and Verifying
Roger Sedjo and Molly Macauley
Environment Magazine | July/August 2012 | Vol. 54, No. 4 | pp. 16-23
 
Forever Ours: Technology, Economics, and Institutions for Managing Long-Lived Environmental Problems
Molly K. Macauley
The Carolyn and Edward Wenk, Jr. Lecture in Technology and Public Policy | Johns Hopkins University | Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD | April 27, 2012
 
Managing Risk through Liability, Regulation, and Innovation: Organizational Design for Spill Containment in Deepwater Drilling Operations
Nathan D. Richardson, Molly K. Macauley, Mark A. Cohen, Robert Anderson, and Adam Stern
Risk, Hazards, and Crisis in Public Policy | 2011 | Vol. 2, No. 2 | Related Discussion Paper 10-63
 
Seeing the Forests and the Trees: Technological and Regulatory Impediments for Global Carbon Monitoring
Molly K. Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Berkeley Technology Law Journal | 2011 | 26(3): 1387-1408
 
Forests in Climate Policy: Technical, Institutional and Economic Issues in Measurement and Monitoring
Molly Macauley and Roger Sedjo
Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. | June 2011 | Vol. 15, No. 5 | pp. 499-513
 
Forest Carbon Offsets: Possibilities and Limitations
Molly K. Macauley and Roger Sedjo
Journal of Forestry | December 2011 | 109(8): 470-473
 
The Value of Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications
Ramanan Laxminarayan and Molly K. Macauley
London: Springer | 2012
 
Using Satellites to Sustain Earth
Molly K. Macauley
LiveBetter Magazine | May/June No. 10 | Spring 2011
 
Seeing the Forests and the Trees: The Role of Technology, Economics, and Law in US Climate Policy
Molly K. Macauley and Nathan Richardson
Berkeley Symposium on Law and Technology | UC Berkeley School of Law | Berkeley CA | March 3, 2011
 
Organizational Design for Spill Containment in Deepwater Drilling Operations in the Gulf of Mexico: Assessment of the Marine WellContainment Company (MWCC)
Robert Anderson, Mark A Cohen, Molly K. Macauley, Nathan Richardson, Adam Stern
RFF Discussion Paper 10-63 | January 2011
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Adapting to Climate Change:The Public Policy Response
Daniel F. Morris, Molly K. Macauley, Raymond J. Kopp, Richard D. Morgenstern, Tiffany Clements
Issue Brief 10-19 | November 2010
 
Earth Observations in US National Space Strategy
Molly K Macauley
Astropolitics | Vol. 8, No. 2-3 | 205-219
 
Valuing Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications for Realizing Social Benefits
Molly K. Macauley and Ramanan Laxminarayan
Space Policy | November 2010 | Vol. 26, No. 4. | pp. 249-551
 
Climate Adaptation Policy: The Role and Value of Information
Molly K. Macauley
Issue Brief 10-10 | May 2010
 
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OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Resources Magazine: 185
Phil Sharp, Molly K. Macauley, Dallas Burtraw, Arthur G. Fraas, Winston Harrington, Richard D. Morgenstern, James W. Boyd, Jared Carbone, Alan J. Krupnick, Juha V. Siikamäki
Resources | 2014 (185)
 
Policy Commentary: Forever Ours? The Challenges of Long-Lived Environmental Problems
Molly K. Macauley
Resources | 2014 (185)
 
Inside RFF: A Look at What's Happening
Carolyn Kousky, Allen Blackman, Daniel Shawhan, Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Roger M. Cooke, Margaret A. Walls, Molly K. Macauley
Resources | 2014 (185)
 
Goings On: Highlights of RFF's Recent Contributions to Shaping Environmental Policy
Molly K. Macauley, James W. Boyd, Karen L. Palmer, Dallas Burtraw, P. Lynn Scarlett, William A. Pizer, Richard D. Morgenstern
Resources | 2013 (184)
 
Considering a US Carbon Tax: Frequently Asked Questions
Joseph E. Aldy, Timothy J. Brennan, Dallas Burtraw, Jared Carbone, Carolyn Fischer, Robert Kopp, Molly K. Macauley, Richard D. Morgenstern, Daniel F. Morris, Karen L. Palmer, Anthony Paul, Nathan Richardson, Roberton C. Williams III
Resources | 2013 (Digital Issue)
 
Goings On: Highlights of RFF's Recent Contributions to Shaping Environmental Policy
Kenneth J. Arrow, Sheila M. Olmstead, Dallas Burtraw, Arthur G. Fraas, Margaret A. Walls, Leonard A. Shabman, P. Lynn Scarlett, Ian W.H. Parry, Molly K. Macauley, Roberton C. Williams III, Richard D. Morgenstern, Karen L. Palmer, Allen Blackman, Rebecca Epanchin-Niell, James W. Boyd, Carolyn Fischer
Resources | 2013 (183)
 
Inside RFF: A Look at What's Happening
Timothy J. Brennan, P. Lynn Scarlett, Molly K. Macauley
Resources | 2013 (183)
 
Goings On
James Smith, Anthony Paul, Carolyn Fischer, James W. Boyd, Elisheba Beia Spiller, Sheila M. Olmstead, Molly K. Macauley, Phil Sharp, Carolyn Kousky, Raymond J. Kopp, Dallas Burtraw, Alan J. Krupnick, Yusuke Kuwayama , P. Lynn Scarlett, Karen L. Palmer
Resources | 2012 (181)
 
Inside RFF
Molly K. Macauley, Alan J. Krupnick, Yusuke Kuwayama , Carolyn Kousky, Elisheba Beia Spiller, Roger M. Cooke, James W. Boyd, Jintao Xu, Jared Carbone, James Smith, W. Reed Walker, Michael Madowitz, Alison Sexton, Junjie Zhang
Resources | 2012 (179)
 
Resources Magazine: 178
Wolfram Schlenker, James N. Sanchirico, Molly K. Macauley, Daniel F. Morris, James W. Boyd, Alan J. Krupnick, Ian W.H. Parry, Phil Sharp
Resources | Summer 2011 (178)
 
Climate Change in the United States: Expected Environmental Impacts and Necessary Federal Action
Molly K. Macauley, Daniel F. Morris
Resources | Summer 2011 (178)
 
Investing in Information to Respond to a Changing Climate
Molly K. Macauley
Resources | Summer 2011 (178)
 
Inside RFF
Hilary Sigman, Molly K. Macauley, Roger A. Sedjo, Paul R. Portney, Nigel Purvis, Abigail Jones, Leonard A. Shabman, Roger M. Cooke, Althea Davies, Maureen L. Cropper
Resources | Summer 2011 (178)
 
Using Satellites to Sustain Earth
Molly K. Macauley
LiveBetter Magazine | May/June No. 10 | Spring 2011
 
Resources Magazine
Joseph E. Aldy, John W. Anderson, Lynann Butkiewicz, Mark A Cohen, Roger M. Cooke, Arthur G. Fraas, Madeline Gottlieb, Kristin Hayes, Carolyn Kousky, Joshua Linn, Molly K. Macauley, Richard D. Morgenstern, Daniel F. Morris, Timothy Murphy, Nigel Purvis, Leslie Richardson, Nathan Richardson, Heather L. Ross, P. Lynn Scarlett, Adam Stern, Andrew R Stevenson
Resources | Winter/Spring 2011 (177)
 
The Next Battle: Containing Future Major Oil Spills
Mark A Cohen, Molly K. Macauley, Nathan Richardson
Resources | Winter/Spring 2011 (177)
 
Adapting to Climate Change:The Public Policy Response
Daniel F. Morris, Molly K. Macauley, Raymond J. Kopp, Richard D. Morgenstern, Tiffany Clements
Issue Brief 10-19 | November 2010
 
The Value of Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications for Realizing Social Benefit
Molly K. Macauley, Ramanan Laxminarayan
Conference Summary | August 2010
 
Climate Adaptation Policy: The Role and Value of Information
Molly K. Macauley
Issue Brief 10-10 | May 2010
 
Forests in Climate Policy: Technical, Institutional and Economic Issues in Measurement and Monitoring
Molly Macauley
Issues in Modeling Greenhouse Gas Management | National Research Council/Energy Information Administration | Issues in Modeling Greenhouse Gas Management | National Research Council
 
Why We Need Accurate Maps of the World’s Forests
Daniel F. Morris, Molly K. Macauley, Roger A. Sedjo
Resources | Winter 2010 (174)
 
Why We Need Accurate Maps of the World’s Forests
Daniel Morris, Molly Macauley, and Roger Sedjo
Resources 174 | 174 | winter
 
Calibrating the Science and Economics of Climate Policy
Molly K. Macauley
Space News | Vol. 20 Issue 42 | pp. 21-22
 
Climate Change and Policy Considerations: New Roles for Earth Science
Molly K. Macauley
Issue Brief 09-02 | January 2009
 
The Policy Relevance of Science
Molly K Macauley and Daniel F. Morris
Space News | Vol. 12, No. 2 | p. 19
 
Space as the Canonical Global Commons: An Introduction to Its Economics
Molly K. Macauley
Resources | Spring 2008 (168)
 
Our Global Commons
Phil Sharp, Molly K. Macauley, Juha V. Siikamäki, Hellen Gelband, Dallas Burtraw, Richard D. Morgenstern
Resources | Spring 2008 (168)
 
The Elusive Challenge of Estimating Costs
Molly Macauley and Prabirendra Chatterjee
Space News | Vol. 18 No. 30 | pp. 18-19
 
A World of Information: In Shadow of Climate Debate This Country Owes it to its Future to Set up a Comprehensive File on Data about Earth
William B. Gail, Molly K. Macauley, and Neal F. Lane
The Houston Chronicle
 
A US Earth Information Strategy? Guest Editorial
William B. Gail, Neal F. Lane, and Molly K. Macauley
Imaging Notes | Vol. 22, No. 2 | Summer 2007
 
New Opportunities to See Our Environmental Relationships
William B Gail, Molly K. Macauley, Shalini Vajjhala
Resources | Spring 2007 (165)
 
A National Earth Information Initiative
William B. Gail, Molly Macauley, and Neal F. Lane
Space News | vol. 18, no. 13 | pp. 19, 21
 
Changing Our Perspective
Roberta Balstad, Anthony C. Janetos, and Molly K. Macauley
Space News | Vol 18 No. 12 | pp. 27,29
 
Economic Issues in Interstate Shipping of Municipal Solid Waste
Molly K. Macauley
22nd International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management | Widener University | 22nd International Solid Waste Technology and Management Conference | Widener University | March 2007
 
Who Collects? Trash Pickup Controlled by Monopolies
Molly K. Macauley
The Charleston Gazette | p. 5A
 
“ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE” SPACE EXPLORATION: RECONCILING CHALLENGES OF PLANETARY PROTECTION
Molly K. Macauley
Policy and Law Relating to Outer Space Resources: The Example of the Moon, Mars and Other Celestial Bodies | McGill University and the International Institute of Space Law | Policy and Law Relating to Outer Space Resources: The Example of the Moon, Mars and Other Celestial Bodies | McGill University | Forthcoming
 
Taking Risks on the Space Frontier
Molly K. Macauley
Resources | Summer 2005 (158)
 
The Priority of Earth Science in the Space Budget
Molly K. Macauley
op-ed in Space News | February 2005
 
Space Resources and the Challenge of Energy and the Environment
Molly K. Macauley and David Chen
Background Paper published by the International Futures Program, OECD, Paris, France | Winter 2004
 
Public Policy and Climate Change: The Essential but Little Known Contribution of Earth Science Remote Sensing Data and Products
Molly K. Macauley
Proceedings of the 24th IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
 
Is the Vision of the Earth Observation Summit Realizable?
Molly K. Macauley
Paper prepared for the American Meteorological Society Summer Policy Colloquium | Summer, 2004
 
Look Before You Launch
Molly K. Macauley
op-ed in the Baltimore Sun | March 2004 | p. 13A
 
Water, Water, Everywhere?
Molly K. Macauley
op-ed in Space News | Vol. 15, No. 5 | February 2004 | p. 13
 
Keep Exploring the Final Frontier?
Molly K. Macauley
solicited letter to the editor, The Baltimore Sun | April 2003 | p. 13A
 
Exploring the Promises and Perils of Technology
Molly K. Macauley
Resources | Winter 2003 (149)
 
An Index-Based Performance Measure for Public Investment in New Technology
Molly K. Macauley
Benchmarking Evaluation of Public Science an Technology Programs, Tekes Report | 2003
 
Rethinking NASA Centers
Molly K. Macauley
Space News | Vol. 13, No. 5 | (op-ed.) | February 4, 2002 | p. 15
 
The Environment and the Information Age: The Costs of Coping With Used Computer Monitors 
Molly K. Macauley, Karen L. Palmer, Jhih-Shyang Shih, Sarah Cline, Heather Holsinger
Resources | Fall 2001 (145)
 
Commercializing Space
Molly K. Macauley
Space News | Vol. 12, No. 4 | (op-ed.) | January 29, 2001 | p. 15
 
Costs Outweighs Benefits of Space Solar Power
Molly K. Macauley
Space News | Vol. 11, No. 22 | (op-ed.) | June 5, 2000 | p. 19
 
Commercialization without NASA
Molly K. Macauley and Timothy Brennan
Space News | Vol. 9, No. 7 | (op-ed.) | February 16-22, 1998 | p. 29
 
A Quality Adjusted Index for Estimating Future Consumer Surplus from Innovation: A Case Study for the Advanced Technology Program
Molly K. Macauley and David Austin
The Economic Evaluation of Technological Change | U.S. Department of Congress Technology Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology | Papers and Proceedings of the Advanced Technology Program's International Conference on the Economic Evaluation of Technological Change | Gaithersburg, MD: National Institute of Standards and Technology | 2001
 
Life in the Universe and the Economics of Asking What if Questions
Molly K. Macauley
Life on Mars: What are the Implications? | Space Policy Institute | Life on Mars: What are the Implications? | Washington, D.C.: Space Policy Institute, George Washington University | 1997 | pp. 67-74
 
Some Dimensions of the Value of Weather Information: General Principles and a Taxonomy of Empirical Approaches
Molly K. Macauley
Workshop on the Social and Economic Impacts of Weather | Environmental and Societal Impacts Group (ESIG) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) | Report of the Workshop on the Social and Economic Impacts of Weather | Boulder, CO: ESIG/NCAR | May 1997
 
A Merger of Science and Commerce
Molly K. Macauley
Space News | (op-ed.) | March 31 - April 6, 1997
 
Data Policy and Industry Structure as They Relate to Market Value
Molly K. Macauley
Eco-Informa '96 | Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM) | Global Networks for Environmental Information | Ann Arbor, MI: ERIM | 1996 | Vol. 10, pp. 221-228
 
Managing Orbital Debris
Molly K. Macauley
Space News | Vol. 7, No. 33 | (op-ed.) | September 30 - October 6, 1996 | p. 13
 
Performance Measures in the Earth Observations Commercialization Applications Program
Molly K. Macauley
Space Technology and Applications International Forum | American Institute of Physics | Space Technology and Applications International Forum | Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press | 1996 | AIP Conference Proceedings #361, pp. 279-283
 
The Economic Value of Space Exploration
Molly K. Macauley
Resources | Winter 1995 (188)
 
The Impact of Environmental Liability on Industrial Real Estate Development
Molly K. Macauley, James W. Boyd
Resources | Winter 1994 (114)
 
In Pursuit of a Sustainable Space Environment: Economic Issues in Regulating Space Debris
Molly K. Macauley
Resources | Summer 1993 (112)
 
Incentive-Based Approaches to Regulating Toxic Substances
Molly K. Macauley, Karen L. Palmer
Resources | Summer 1992 (108)
 
Remote Sensing of Earth from Space: Economic and Policy Issues
Molly K. Macauley, Michael A. Toman
Resources | Spring 1992 (107)
 
Collective Goods and National Sovereignty: Conflicting Values in Global Information Acquisition
Molly K. Macauley
Space Monitoring of Global Change | Space Monitoring of Global Change | 1992
 
Highway Robbery: The Social Costs of Hazardous Materials Incidents on the Capitol Beltway
Molly K. Macauley, Ted Glickman, and Paul Portney
State and Local Issues in Transportation of Hazardous Materials: Towards a National Strategy | American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Urban Transportation Division | Proceedings of the National Conference on Hazardous Materials Transportation | ASCE | 1991
 
Launch Vouchers Offer New Space Research Opportunities
Molly K. Macauley
Resources | Summer 1989 (96)
 
Social Costs of Current Transportation Policies for Hazardous Materials: A Case Study
Molly K. Macauley and Ted Glickman
NC State Economist | November 1989
 
Decision Time for Allocating Resources on the Space Station
Molly K. Macauley
Resources | Fall 1987 (89)
 
Space Transportation Policy: A Year of Upheaval
Molly K. Macauley
Resources | Winter 1987 (86)
 
An Economic Perspective of the 21st Century Space Station
Molly K. Macauley
Space Station in the Twenty-First Century | American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) | Space Station in the Twenty-First Century | 1986 | AIAA Paper 86-2348
 
  
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