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William A. Pizer
Associate Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Faculty Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Pizer's research seeks to quantify how the design of environmental policy affects costs and effectiveness. Specific research has focused on the aggregate level and distribution of these costs; uncertainty about cost; technological change; banking, trading and other flexibility mechanisms; and valuation over long time horizons. He applies much of this work to the question of how to design and implement policies to reduce the threat of climate change caused by manmade emissions of greenhouse gases. Currently, he is working on projects that look at the effectiveness of voluntary programs, the role of technology programs in pollution control efforts, and the effect of regulation on competitiveness.  
Featured Publications
The Road to Paris and Beyond: Comparing Emissions Mitigation Efforts
Joseph E. Aldy, William A. Pizer
Resources | 2015 (189)
Terminating Links between Emission Trading Programs
William A. Pizer, Andrew J. Yates
RFF Discussion Paper 14-28 | August 2014
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)
How Should Benefits and Costs Be Discounted in an Intergenerational Context? The Views of an Expert Panel
Kenneth J. Arrow, Maureen L. Cropper, Christian Gollier, Ben Groom, Geoffrey Heal, Richard G. Newell, William Nordhaus, Robert S. Pindyck, William A. Pizer, Paul R. Portney, Thomas Sterner, Richard S.J. Tol, Martin L. Weitzman
RFF Discussion Paper 12-53 | December 2012
Carbon Markets: Past, Present, and Future
Richard G. Newell, William A. Pizer, Daniel Raimi
RFF Discussion Paper 12-51 | December 2012
Voluntary Environmental Regulation in Developing Countries: Mexico's Clean Industry Program
Allen Blackman, Bidisha Lahiri, William A. Pizer, Marisol Rivera Planter, Carlos Muñoz Piña
RFF Discussion Paper 07-36-REV | August 2010
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Designing Climate Mitigation Policy
Joseph E. Aldy, Alan J. Krupnick, Richard G. Newell, Ian W.H. Parry, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 08-16 | May 2009
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Managing Costs in a U.S. Greenhouse Gas Trading Program: A Workshop Summary
Marika Tatsutani, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 08-23 | July 2008
The Performance of Voluntary Climate Programs: Climate Wise and 1605(b)
William A. Pizer, Richard D. Morgenstern, Jhih-Shyang Shih
RFF Discussion Paper 08-13-REV | July 2008
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Balancing Cost and Emissions Certainty: An Allowance Reserve for Cap-and-Trade
Brian C. Murray, Richard G. Newell, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 08-24 | July 2008
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Economies of Scale in Community Water Systems
Jhih-Shyang Shih, Winston Harrington, William Pizer, and Kenneth Gillingham
The Business of Water: A Concise Overview of Challenges and Opportunities in the Water Market | Steve Maxwell | Denver, CO: American Water Works Association | 2008
Reality Check
Richard D. Morgenstern and William A. Pizer, Editors
RFF Press | 2007
Choosing Price or Quantity Controls for Greenhouse Gases
William A. Pizer
The RFF Reader in Environmental and Resource Policy, 2nd Edition | Wallace E. Oates, ed. | RFF Press | 2006 | Chapter 38, pp. 225-234
Setting Energy Policy in the Modern Era: Tough Challenges Lie Ahead
William A. Pizer
The RFF Reader in Environmental and Resource Policy, 2nd Edition | Wallace E. Oates, ed. | RFF Press | 2006
Stimulating Technology to Slow Climate Change
Raymond J. Kopp, Richard D. Morgenstern, Richard G. Newell, and William A. Pizer
New Approaches on Energy and the Environment: Policy Advice for the President | Richard D. Morgenstern and Paul R. Portney, eds. | RFF Press | 2004 | Chapter 2
A Tale of Two Policies: Clear Skies and Climate Change
William A. Pizer
Painting the White House Green | Randall Lutter and Jason F. Shogren, eds. | RFF Press | 2004 | pp. 10-45
Reducing Cost Uncertainty and Encouraging Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol
Raymond J. Kopp, Richard Morgenstern, William Pizer, and Frédéric Ghersi
Global Warming in Asian-Pacific | R. Mendelsohn and D. Shaw eds. | Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd. | 2002
Designing Climate Policy to Address Uncertainty
William A. Pizer
Designing Climate Policy: The Challenge of the Kyoto Protocol | H. Abele, T. C. Heller and S. P. Schleicher, eds. | Vienna, Austria: Service Fachverlag | 2001
As Climate Issue Heats Up, Questions of Cost Loom
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Gas Prices Continue Climbing
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
National Public Radio
Green Around the Collar
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Congressional Quarterly
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