Arlan Brucal

Research Officer

Arlan’s research focuses on evaluating the impact of public policies, including energy taxes, on the adoption of energy-efficiency technologies by households and manufacturing companies.


Arlan completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He completed an MA and BS in Economics at the University of the Philippines. Prior to pursuing his PhD Arlan was employed by Nathan Associates, Inc. and the Asian Development Bank. Arlan also taught undergraduate economics and statistics in Hawai`i and in the Philippines.

Research interests

  • Public policies on energy efficiency technologies
  • International trade, foreign direct investments and firm-level environmental performance
  • Climate change and household adaptation
  • Alternative power pricing schemes


Working paper  12 December, 2018

The role of power prices in structural transformation: evidence from the Philippines

The authors of this paper aim to illuminate how high power prices can exacerbate premature deindustrialisation, using data from 33 countries and regional data from the Philippines. read more »

Working paper  21 November, 2018

Revenue decoupling for electric utilities: impacts on prices and welfare

To provide analysis that could give guidance on the effects of revenue decoupling in the electricity sector, the authors of this paper developed a simple model that allows them to assess the welfare implications of revenue decoupling, which they investigated for each American state. read more »

Working paper  2 July, 2018

Are seawalls correlated with lower property values in California?

As sea levels rise with climate change there is pressure to protect the coast but while individual properties may benefit from seawalls, neighbouring properties may experience negative effects due, for example, to accelerated beach loss. This paper investigates the impacts of seawalls on property values in San Diego and Santa Cruz. read more »

Working paper  18 January, 2018

Energy savings through foreign acquisitions? Evidence from Indonesian manufacturing plants

Using data from Indonesia, this study concludes that FDI can serve as a channel for international transfer of environmentally-friendly technologies and practices, thus directly contributing to environmental progress. read more »


Working paper  23 March, 2017

Do energy efficiency standards hurt consumers? Evidence from household appliance sales

How do energy efficiency standards affect consumer welfare? To answer this question the authors look at how these standards have affected the price and quality of major appliances – including … read more »

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In the news  19 February, 2018

Delinking economic growth and CO2 emission is possible

Foreign direct investment can be a channel for the transfer of environmentally-friendly technologies, writes Arlan Brucal in LSE Business Review read more »


Commentary  15 August, 2017

Energy efficiency regulations benefit, not burden, US consumers

While President Trump’s stance on climate change is somewhat confused, it is no surprise that during his presidency he has pushed back environmental regulations and standards which he suggests place … read more »

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