All pages with keywords: USA

Revenue decoupling for electric utilities: impacts on prices and welfare

Revenue decoupling for electric utilities: impacts on prices and welfare

a working paper by Arlan Brucal, Nori Tarui 21 November, 2018

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 »


Are seawalls correlated with lower property values in California?

Are seawalls correlated with lower property values in California?

a working paper by Arlan Brucal, Qingran Li, John Lynham 2 July, 2018

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 »


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 »


What can the United States learn from the United Kingdom’s new flood reinsurance pool?

What can the United States learn from the United Kingdom’s new flood reinsurance pool?

a policy publication by Swenja Surminski 15 February, 2017

The UK’s new Flood Re program has supported the private flood insurance market, but also demonstrates that flood insurance cannot be kept affordable without a concerted effort to reduce … read more »


The cost of adapting to climate change: evidence from the US residential sector

The cost of adapting to climate change: evidence from the US residential sector

a working paper by François Cohen, Matthieu Glachant, Magnus Söderberg 1 February, 2017

Using household-level data from the American Housing Survey, this paper assesses the cost of adapting housing to temperature increases. The authors account for both energy use adjustments and capital adjustments through investments in weatherization and heating and cooling equipment. read more »


Climate policy in China, the European Union and the United States: main drivers and prospects for the future

a policy publication by Alina Averchenkova, Samuela Bassi, Keith J. Benes, Fergus Green, Augustin Lagarde, Isabella Neuweg, Georg Zachmann 17 November, 2016

This report assesses the domestic constraints and opportunities for the development of climate policy in China, the EU and the US. read more »


Ratification of Paris Agreement is bad news for Donald Trump

a commentary by Bob Ward 6 September, 2016

The announcement that the US and China have both ratified the Paris Agreement is likely to make it more difficult for Donald Trump, if he becomes President, to renege on the international commitment on climate change made by Barack Obama’s administration. read more »


Comment on ‘Impact of Current Climate Proposals’

Comment on ‘Impact of Current Climate Proposals’

a research article by Bob Ward 23 February, 2016

A response to ‘Impact of Current Climate Proposals’ Bjorn Lomborg Global Policy, Volume 7, Issue 1, pages 125–126, February 2016


Letter to Congressman Lamar Smith in regard to the testimony given by Dr Bjorn Lomborg to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

a policy publication by Bob Ward 18 December, 2015

Lettter from Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director of the Institute, raises concerns about “inaccurate and misleading claims” in the testimony submitted by Dr Bjorn Lomborg to the House of … read more »


Comment on ‘Impact of Current Climate Proposals’ by Bjorn Lomborg

a working paper by Bob Ward 1 December, 2015

This paper claims there is a fundamental methodological flaw in a recent paper by Bjorn Lomborg which seeks to investigate the temperature reduction impact of major climate policy proposals. read more »