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William A. Pizer
Associate Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, and Faculty Fellow, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
919-613-8729
william.pizer@duke.edu
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PROFILE
 
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
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
 
Prices versus Quantities versus Bankable Quantities
Harrison Fell, Ian A. MacKenzie, William A. Pizer
RFF Discussion Paper 08-32 REV | July 2008
 
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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)
 
Managing Costs in a U.S. Greenhouse Gas Trading Program: Workshop Summary
William A. Pizer, Dallas Burtraw
Resources | Spring 2008 (168)
 
Scope and Point of Regulation for Pricing Policies to Reduce Fossil Fuel CO2 Emissions
William A. Pizer
Issue Brief CPF-4 | November 2007
 
Emissions Trading versus CO2 Taxes versus Standards
Ian W.H. Parry, William A. Pizer
Issue Brief CPF-5 | November 2007
 
Competitiveness Impacts of Carbon Dioxide Pricing Policies on Manufacturing
Richard D. Morgenstern, Joseph E. Aldy, Evan M Herrnstadt, Mun Ho, William A. Pizer
Issue Brief CPF-7 | November 2007
 
Combating Global Warming: Is Taxes or Cap-and-Trade a Better Strategy for Reducing Greenhouse gas Emissions?
Ian Parry and William Pizer
Regulation | Vol. 30 | 2007 | pp. 18-22
 
How Well Do Voluntary Environmental Programs Really Work?
Richard D. Morgenstern, William A. Pizer
Resources | Winter 2007 (164)
 
The Economics of Improving Fuel Economy
William A. Pizer
Resources | Fall 2006 (163)
 
Climate Change Policy in the United States 2006
William Pizer
Bridges
 
Where Do We Go From Here? Four RFF Experts Share Their Views on Life Post-Kyoto
John W. Anderson, Robert Fri, Raymond J. Kopp, William A. Pizer
Resources | Spring 2005 (157)
 
Setting Energy Policy in the Modern Era: Tough Challenges Lie Ahead
William A. Pizer
Resources | Winter 2005 (156)
 
Economies of Scale and Technical Efficiency in Community Water Systems
Jhih-Shyang Shih, Winston Harrington, William A. Pizer and Kenny Gillingham
Final project report | Fall 2003
 
The Distributional Impacts of Carbon Mitigation Policies
Richard D. Morgenstern, Dallas Burtraw, Lawrence H. Goulder, Mun Ho, Karen L. Palmer, William A. Pizer, James N. Sanchirico, Jhih-Shyang Shih
Issue Brief 02-03 | March 2002
 
Discounting the Benefits of Climate Change Policies Using Uncertain Rates
Richard G. Newell, William A. Pizer
Resources | Winter 2002 (146)
 
Choosing Price or Quantity Controls for Greenhouse Gases
William A. Pizer
RFF Climate Issue Brief #17 | July 1999
 
  
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