Robert Stavins

Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government; Chairman, Environment and Natural Resources Faculty Group; Director, Environmental Economics Program; Harvard University


Robert Stavins


Ph.D., economics, Harvard University

Summary of Experience

Professor Stavins focuses his research on diverse areas including sports economics and environmental economics and policy. His work in the latter area has focused on the competitive effects of regulation; design and implementation of market-based policy instruments (e.g., tradable permits); diffusion of pollution control technologies; and environmental benefit valuation. His work has been widely published in leading journals. He is the editor of the fourth edition of Economics of the Environment (W. W. Norton, 2000), coeditor with Paul Portney of the second edition of Public Policies for Environmental Protection (Resources for the Future, 2000), and the author of Environmental Economics and Public Policy: Selected Papers of Robert N. Stavins, 1988-1999 (Edward Elgar, 2000). Professor Stavins has also been actively involved in advising public officials and government agencies on environmental policy. He has been named a member of the Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and is a former Chairman of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board. He also has been a consultant to the National Academy of Sciences, several administrations, members of Congress, environmental advocacy groups, the World Bank, the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, state and national governments, private foundations, trade associations, and corporations.

In addition to consulting on environmental and energy matters, Professor Stavins has applied state-of-the-art econometric and simulation methods to estimate the real value of tickets to sporting events.

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