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Insurance design in the presence of safety nets

Insurance design in the presence of safety nets

a research article by Tse-Ling Teh  28 March, 2017

Safety net assistance and insurance exist to manage risk and improve welfare. This shared goal may lead to crowding out. In a new approach, this paper analyzes the interaction … read more »


Economic growth and development with low-carbon energy

Economic growth and development with low-carbon energy

a working paper by Samuel Fankhauser, Frank Jotzo  23 March, 2017

Energy is needed for economic growth, and access to cheap, reliable energy is an essential development objective. However, in the future access to fossil fuel-based energy will need to be … read more »


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

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

a working paper by Arlan Brucal, Michael Roberts  23 March, 2017

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 »


Cars, carbon taxes and CO2 emissions

Cars, carbon taxes and CO2 emissions

a working paper by Julius Andersson  21 March, 2017

Is a carbon tax effective in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, and thereby mitigating climate change? This paper is one of the first empirical analyses of this question and the … read more »


Long-term scenarios: Energy pathways in the UK

a research article by Alessandro Tavoni  6 March, 2017

The bottom-up approach promoted through the Paris Agreement and signed in 2016 requires the definition of accurate and realistic national pathways to cut emissions. A recent study applied to … read more »


Methods for strengthening a weak instrument in the case of a persistent treatment

Methods for strengthening a weak instrument in the case of a persistent treatment

a working paper by Michel Berthélemy, Petyo Bonev, Damien Dussaux, Magnus Söderberg  28 February, 2017

When evaluating policy treatments that are persistent and endogenous, available instrumental variables often exhibit more variation over time than the treatment variable. This leads to a weak instrumental variable problem, … read more »


International patent families: from application strategies to statistical indicators

International patent families: from application strategies to statistical indicators

a working paper by Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Yann Ménière, Myra Mohnen  28 February, 2017

This paper provides an in-depth analysis of the characteristics of international patent families, including their domestic component. The authors exploit a relatively under-studied feature of patent families, namely the number … read more »


Luring others into climate action: coalition formation games with threshold and spillover effects

a research article by Valentina Bosetti, Melanie Heugues, Alessandro Tavoni  17 February, 2017

We explore the prospects of cooperation in a threshold public bad game. The experiment’s setup allows us to investigate the issue of effort coordination between signatories and non-signatories to … read more »


Fit for Purpose and Fit for the Future? An Evaluation of the UK’s New Flood Reinsurance Pool

Fit for Purpose and Fit for the Future? An Evaluation of the UK’s New Flood Reinsurance Pool

a research article by Swenja Surminski  15 February, 2017

This paper evaluates the UK’s “Flood Re” program, including the roles of the public and private sectors, risk modeling and risk communication, technical underwriting, distributional aspects, and behavioral implications of … read more »


Social discounting: the SOC/STP divide

Social discounting: the SOC/STP divide

a working paper by Michael Spackman  10 February, 2017

More than 50 years of social discounting literature have not delivered satisfactory academic guidance to government practitioners. Users of the social opportunity cost (SOC) paradigm do not always appreciate that … read more »


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