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  18 January, 2018

Foreign acquisitions and energy intensity in 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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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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