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Policy Design and Evaluation

The Policy Design and Evaluation group analyses the effectiveness and impacts of current and future climate and energy policies. 

Robust and coherent policies are vital to tackling climate change. From the local to the international level, governments have considered and implemented policies to deliver deep emissions cuts, and to adapt to the impacts of climate change. But how effective have these policies been and how can their design be improved?

Researchers from this team evaluate policy performance, using empirical and analytical methods. Their aim is to improve the formulation and impact of policy from the UK and European Union as well as from emerging and developing economies. These policy measures include market-based instruments like carbon taxes, emissions trading systems or contracts for difference, but also direct regulations such as technology, portfolio or energy efficiency standards.

The team aims to provide robust evidence to inform public and private sectors’ decisions, to accelerate the transition towards a low-carbon economy.

Research

The global consumer incidence of carbon pricing: evidence from trade

The global consumer incidence of carbon pricing: evidence from trade

This paper estimates the global distribution of the costs to consumers from carbon pricing, finding that some policies may be considered regressive for their burden on poorer consumers – but that the benefits from mitigating climate change may weaken or reverse the regressive effect. read more »

Policy