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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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SELECTED PRESENTATIONS
Carbon Mitigation: Who Should Pay?
William A. Pizer
RFF Wednesday Seminar Series | Washington, D.C. | February 20, 2000
 
How Important is Technological Innovation in Protecting the Environment?
William A. Pizer
RFF Wednesday Seminar Series | Washington, D.C. | April 19, 2000
 
Prices versus quantities versus indexed quantities
William Pizer
RFF Pizza Lunch | RFF | June 2, 2005
 
Recommendations of the National Commission on Energy Policy
William Pizer
Climate Policy in the U.S. and Japan: Prospects for 2005 and Beyond | Tokyo, Japan | May 10, 2005
 
Regional Patterns of Household Energy Use and Carbon Emissions
William A. Pizer
Workshop on the Distribution Issues of Climate Change Policy | Energy Foundation | Washington, D.C. | December 1, 2001
 
Market Solutions to Climate Change: Strengthening the Economy and Securing Our Energy Future
William A. Pizer
Redefining Progress | Washington, D.C. | November 1, 2001
 
Cap and Trade with a Price Cap
William A. Pizer
6th Annual Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Global Climate Change Workshop | EPRI | Washington, D.C. | June 1, 2001
 
Discounting the Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation: How Much Do Uncertain Rates Increase Valuations?
William A. Pizer
Climate Change Workshop | Pew Center on Global Climate Change | October 1, 2001
 
Quantitative Targets and Developing Country Participation: Political Dilemmas and Economic Insights
William A. Pizer
Environmental Forum | Stanford University | Stanford, CA | April 1, 2001
 
Discounting the Distant Future with Uncertain Rates
William A. Pizer
Session on Social Discounting and Valuation over the Long Term | Annual Meeting of the Society of Government Economists | January 1, 2000
 
Discounting the Distant Future: How Much Do Uncertain Rates Increase Valuations?
William A. Pizer
University of California at Berkeley | Berkeley, CA | September 1, 2000
 
Economic Models of Climate Change
William A. Pizer
Climate Change Workshop | Harvard Institute for International Development | July 1, 2000
 
Regulating Stock Externalities Under Uncertainty
William A. Pizer
Hebrew University | November 1, 1999
 
Mécanismes de Coordination Internationale des Politiques Climatiques
William A. Pizer
Centre International de Recherche sur l'Environnement et le Développement (CIRED) | CIRED | Nogent-sur-Marne, France | November 1, 1999
 
Valuing the Future Consequences of Climate Change
William A. Pizer
Workshop on the Economics and Integrated Assessment of Climate Change | Pew Center on Global Climate Change | July 1, 1999
 
Public Policy, Technology Adoption, and Aggregate Energy Efficiency
William A. Pizer
International Workshop on Induced Technological Change and the Environment | International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis | Laxenburg, Austria | June 1, 1999
 
Endogenous Innovation and Policy Choice
William A. Pizer
Second Meeting of U.S.-Japan Joint Initiative on Climate Change Issues | U.S.-Japan Joint Initiative on Climate Change Issues | Tokyo, Japan | May 1, 1999
 
Technology Adoption and Aggregate Energy Efficiency: Can It Make Climate Change Policies Cheaper?
William A. Pizer
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government | May 1, 1999
 
Domestic Early Action: A Credible Early Action
William A. Pizer
(Briefings for industry representatives) | January 1, 1999
 
The Real Cost of Environmental Protection
William A. Pizer
University of California at Davis | Davis, CA | October 1, 1998
 
Instrument Choice for Environmental Protection When Technological Change Is Endogenous: Analytical and Empirical Results
William A. Pizer
First World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists | Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei | Venice, Italy | June 1, 1998
 
Integrated Assessment: A Hands-on Workshop
William A. Pizer
Climate Change Workshop | Harvard Institute for International Development | July 1, 1998
 
Jobs versus the Environment: Is There a Trade-Off
William A. Pizer
Center for Economic Studies Seminar Series | February 1, 1998
 
Cheap Emission Reductions: Use 'em or Lose 'em
William A. Pizer
U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Staff | March 1, 1998
 
Hybrid Price/Quantity Controls for Greenhouse Gases
William A. Pizer
Council of Economic Advisors | August 1, 1997
 
Are We Overstating the Cost of Environmental Regulation?
William A. Pizer
Environmental Seminar | Harvard University | Cambridge, MA | January 1, 1997
 
Are We Overstating the Economic Costs of Environmental Protection?
Richard D. Morgenstern, William A. Pizer, and Jhih-Shyang Shih
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Washington, D.C. | May 20, 1997
 
Labor and Environmental Regulations
Richard D. Morgenstern, William A. Pizer, and Jhih-Shyang Shih
U.S. Bureau of Census, Center for Economic Studies | Washington, D.C. | February 5, 1998
 
The Diffusion of New Technologies: A Microeconomic Analysis of Firm Decision Making at the Plant Level
Raymond J. Kopp, Winston Harrington, Richard D. Morgenstern, William A. Pizer, and Jhih-Shyang Shih
National Bureau of Economic Research Summer Institute | Cambridge, MA | August 3, 1998
 
Economic Analysis of the Bush February 14th Climate Proposal
William A. Pizer
Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) 21: Multi-Gas Mitigation and Climate Change | EMF-Stanford University | College Park, MD | May 1, 2002
 
Intensity Targets and U.S. Climate Change Policy
William A. Pizer
Carbon Trading Braintrust Meeting | Center for Clean Air Policy | Washington, D.C. | April 1, 2002
 
Economics of Climate Change
William A. Pizer
Technology and Environmental Policy Weekly Seminar | Princeton University, Program in Science | Princeton, NJ | April 1, 2002
 
Economies of Scale in Community Water Systems
Jhih-Shyang Shih, Winston Harrington, William A. Pizer, and Kenneth T. Gillingham.
Invited Speaker, 36th Annual Regulatory Policy Conference | Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University | Charleston, South Carolina. | December 7, 2004
 
  
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