Robert Stavins

A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development, Harvard Kennedy School; Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Robert Stavins


Ph.D., economics, Harvard University; M.S., agricultural economics, Cornell University

Summary of Experience

Professor Stavins focuses his research on diverse areas including environmental, natural resource, and energy economics and sports economics. His work in the former 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; examination of factors affecting land-use decisions; assessment of environmental regulation costs; and environmental benefit valuation. His work has been widely published in leading academic journals and popular periodicals. He is the editor of the fourth, fifth, and sixth editions of Economics of the Environment (W. W. Norton, 2000, 2005, 2012); coeditor with Paul Portney of the second edition of Public Policies for Environmental Protection (Resources for the Future, 2000); coeditor with Joseph Aldy of Architectures for Agreement: Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto World and Post-Kyoto International Climate Policy: Implementing Architectures for Agreement (Cambridge University Press, 2007, 2010); and the author of Environmental Economics and Public Policy: Selected Papers of Robert N. Stavins, 1988–1999 and Economics of Climate Change and Environmental Policy: Selected Papers of Robert N. Stavins, 2000–2011 (Edward Elgar, 2000, 2013). Professor Stavins has also been actively involved in advising public officials and government agencies on environmental policy. He was a member of the Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and is a former chairman of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the US 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 US 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.

AG Contacts

Paul E. Greenberg