Harvard PhD Students in Environment and Development:
A Sampling of Past and Present Student Research


May 1, 2013

Alumni PhD students and their dissertations*

Allcott, Hunt. 2009. Consumer Behavior and Firm Strategy in Energy Markets. HKS Public Policy. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Robert Stavins, William Hogan, Sendhil Mullainathan.

Bielicki, Jeffrey. 2009. Integrated systems Analysis and Technological Findings for Carbon Capture and Storage Deployment. HKS Public Policy. Committee: William Clark, Richard Zeckhauser, William Hogan.

Matus, Kira. 2009. Green Chemistry: A Study of Innovation for Sustainable Development. HKS Public Policy. Committee: William Clark, William Hogan, Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Paul Anastas (reader)).

Borck, Jonathan. 2008. Beyond Compliance: Three Essays on Voluntary Corporate Environmentalism. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Richard Zeckhauser, Cary Coglianese, Erich Muehlegger, Robert Stavins.

Kousky, Carolyn. 2008. Responding to Risk: Information and Decision Making in the Floodplains of St. Louis County, Missouri. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Richard Zeckhauser, William Clark, Robert Stavins.

Sims, Katharine R.E. 2008. Balancing Land Conservation and Economic Development: Three Essays: Protected Areas and Local Economic Development; Protected Areas and Forest Fragmentation in Northern Thailand; and Local Regulation and Land Use Change: Wetlands Bylaws in Massachusetts. HKS Political Economy and Government. Committee: Robert Stavins, Rohini Pande, William Clark, Erich Muehlegger.

Smith, Elta. 2008. Governing Rice: The Politics of Experimentation in Global Agriculture. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Sheila Jasanoff, Michael Fischer, Calestous Juma, David Lazer.

Szlezák, Nicole. 2008. Global Health in the Making: China, HIV/AIDS and the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Sheila Jasanoff, William Clark, Anthony Saich.

Cao, Jing. 2007. Essays on Environmental Tax Policy Analysis: Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium Approaches Applied to China: A perfect foresight dynamic GCE analysis of environmental tax reform in China; ‘Co-benefits’ of greenhouse gas mitigation policies in China: An integrated top-down and bottom-up modeling analysis; A dynamic compatible general equilibrium analysis of environmental taxation and ‘rural-urban’ migration distortions in China. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Dale W. Jorgenson, Robert N. Stavins, Peter P. Rogers.
Yu, Fei. 2007. Three Essays in Environmental Economics: Revisiting the environmental Kuznet’s curve: Do pollution levels tend to converge to predictable patterns; Participation of firms in voluntary environmental protection programs; An analysis of corporate social responsibility and measuring benefits to interventions to reduce indoor air pollution in rural China. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Robert Stavins, Dale Jorgenson, Cary Coglianese.

Vargas, Juan Carlos. 2008. Participatory Landscape Planning using Portable Geospatial Information SYSTEMS and Technologies: The Case of the Osa Region of Costa Rica. GSD. Committee: Carl Steinitz, William Clark, Robert France, Hashim Sarkis, Mike Flaxman (MIT).

Wang, Rui. 2008. Autos, Transit, and Bicycles: Transit Choices in Chinese Cities. HKS Public Policy. Committee: José A. Gómez-Ibáñez, Arnold M. Howitt, Peter P. Rogers.

Zhang, Fan. 2007. Essays on Environmental, Energy, and Natural Resource Economics: Does electricity restructuring benefit the environmental theory and evidence of intertemporal emission trading in the US SO2 allowance market; Does electricity restructuring work? Evidence for the US nuclear energy industry; Conservation reconsidered: A modified input-output analysis of the economic impact of China’s land conversion policy. HKS Public Policy. Committee: William Hogan, Dale Jorgenson, Robert Stavins.

Jack, Darby. 2006. Household Behavior and Energy Demand: Evidence from Peru. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Robert Stavins, Robert Jensen, Mark Rosenzweig.

Thorton, Rebecca. 2006. Incentives and Information in Developing Countries. HKS Political Economy and Government. Committee: Michael Kremer, David Cutler, Robert Jensen, Sendhil Mullainathan.

Anderson, Steven. 2004. Analyzing Strategic Interaction in Multi-Settlement Electricity Markets: A Closed-Loop Supply Function Equilibrium Model. HKS Public Policy. Committee: William Hogan, Joseph Kalt, Nolan Miller.

Di, Wenhua. 2004. Essays in Environmental Economics and Policy: Numerical simulations of air pollution taxes in China; Determinants of environmental performance in China’s cities; Pollution abatement cost savings and FDI inflows to polluting sectors in China. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Robert Stavins, Dale Jorgenson, Anthony Saich.

Snyder, Lori. 2004. Essays on Facility-Level Response to Environmental Regulation: Are management-based regulations effective: Evidence from state pollution-prevention programs; The effect of reporting thresholds on the validity of TRI data as measures of environmental performance: Evidence for Massachusetts; The effect of environmental regulation on technology diffusion in the chlorine manufacturing industry. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Robert Stavins, Nolan Miller, Cary Coglianese.

Cavanagh, Sheila. 2002. Essays in Environmental Economics and Policy: Muffled price signals: Household water demand under increasing-block prices; Thirty Colonias: Water service coverage in South Texas; National environmental policy during the Clinton years. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Robert Stavins, Jose Gomez-Ibanez, Jeffrey Liebman.

Lubowski, Ruben. 2002. Determinants of Land-Use Transitions in the United States: Econometric Analysis of Changes among Major Land-Use. HKS Political Economy and Government. Committee: Robert Stavins, Andrew Plantinga, Christopher Avery.

Zwane, Alix Peterson. 2002. Essays in Environment and Development: Does poverty constrain deforestation? Econometric evidence from Peru; Assessing alternative policies to slow deforestation: Evidence from Peru; Compensation for meaningful participation in climate change control: A modest proposal and empirical analysis. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Robert Stavins, Asim Khwaja, Theodore Panayotou, William Hogan.

Cash, David. 2001. Integrating Information and Decision Making in a Multi-Level World: Cross-Scale Environmental Science and Management. HKS Public Policy. Committee: William Clark, Alan Altshuler, Merilee Grindle.

Gugerty, Mary Kay. 2001. Savings, Sanctions and Support: Essays on Collective Action and Community Organizations in Kenya. HKS Political Economy and Government. Committee: Merilee Grindle, Michael Kremer, Peter Timmer, Robert Bates.

Keohane, Nathaniel. 2001. Essays in the Economics of Environmental Policy: Prices, quantitative and two-part tariffs: Environmental policy instruments with endogenous technology change; Environmental policy and abatement technique choice: Evidence for coal-fired power plants; Controlling stock and flows to promote quality: The environment with applications to physical and human capital. Committee: Robert Stavins, Christopher Avery, Martin Weitzman

Patt, Anthony. 2000. Strategy and Psychology in Environmental Assessment: Extreme outcomes; Separating analysis from politics; Communicating probabilistic forecasts to decision makers. HKS Public Policy. Committee: William Clark, Daniel Schrag, Richard Zeckhauser.

Fisher-Vanden, Karen. 1999. Structural Change and Technological Diffusion in Transition Economies: Implications for Energy Use and Carbon Emissions in China. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Dale Jorgenson, Robert Stavins, William Hogan, Adam Jaffee.

Fernholz, Rosemary. 1998. Sustained Farmer Participation in Social Forestry: Case Study in the Philippines. HKS Political Economy and Government. Committee: Peter Timmer, Merilee Grindle, Jeffrey Vincent.

Jyoti, Roop. 1999. Investment Appraisal of Management Strategies for Addressing Uncertainties in Power Supply in the Context of Nepalese Manufacturing Enterprises. HKS Political Economy and Government. Committee: Glen Jenkins, Dwight Perkins, G.I. Shukla.

Schatzki, Steven Todd. 1998. A Theoretical and Empirical Examination of Land Use Change under Uncertainty. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Robert Stavins, Christopher Avery, William Hogan.

Newell, Richard. 1997. Environmental Policy and Technological Change: The Effects of Economic incentives and Direct Regulation on Energy-Saving innovation. Committee: Robert Stavins, Adam Jaffee, Martin Weitzman.

Wright, Janice. 1997. Investments that Save Lives: The Norms of Environmental and Medical Decision Making. HKS Public Policy. Committee: John Graham, William Hogan, Alan Tarlov.

Norberg-Bohm, Vicki. 1996. Technological Change for Sustainable Development: Lessons from the Electric Power Sector in Mexico. HKS Public Policy. Committee: William Clark, Merilee Grindle, Peter Timmer.

Block, Steven. 1993. Agricultural Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa. HKS Political Economy and Government. Committee: Peter Timmer, Zvi Griliches, Richard Goldman.

Lowry, Robert. 1993. The Political Economy of Environmental Citizen Groups. HKS Political Economy and Government. Committee: Joseph Kalt, Kenneth Shepsle, Robert Stavins.

Shukla, Gangadhar. 1993. Taxation of Exhaustible Natural Resources with Stochastic Prices. HKS Political Economy and Government. Committee: Robert Jenkins, John Montgomery, Urjit Patel.

Mitchell, Ronald. 1992. Mitchell, From Paper to Practice: Improving Environmental Treaty Compliance. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Abram Chayes, William Clark, Robert Keohane.

Parson, Edward. 1992. Negotiating Climate Cooperation: Learning From Theory, Simulations, and History. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Richard Zeckhauser, William Clark, Robert Keohane.

Hammitt, James. 1988. Outcome and Value Uncertainty in Environmental Policy. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Howard Raiffa, Joseph Kalt, James Sebenius.

Gutiérrez de San Martín, Ana Teresa. 1987. Agrarian Reform Policy in the Dominican Republic: Its Effects on Beneficiary Organization and Beneficiary Survival Strategies. HKS Political Economy and Government. Committee: John Montgomery, John Thomas.

Weinstein, Milton. 1973. Bringing the Outside Inside: Government Decision Making for the Environment. HKS Public Policy. Committee: Richard Zeckhauser, William Capron, Howard Raiffa.

* A full list of HKS dissertations is available for the PhDs in Public Policy and Political Economy and Government.

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Current PhD students and their research interests**

Acevedo, Maria Cecilia. HKS Public Policy. Microeconomic foundations of development. Human capital investment, intra-household and spatial allocation of economic activity and market failures that prevent industry development in low and middle income countries.

Carranza, Eliana. HKS Political Economy and Government. Political economy of development, particularly interested in studying the links among inequality, social expenditure, investment in human capital and social mobility.

Cassaburi, Lorenzo. FAS Economics. Understanding the impact of environmental stress on agricultural dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa. the impact of environmental stress on farmers' decision making in Western Kenya. Other areas explored include technology diffusion in social networks and a lab experiment on the determinants of public good provision.

Chan, Gabriel. HKS Public Policy. Energy and environmental economics and policy with a focus on climate change policy. Potential areas of research include the interaction of climate policy and international trade policy inducing emission leakage. Research extended to studying energy technology innovation, specifically government research and development policy.

Ganser, Tim. HKS Political Economy and Government. How institutions affect economic development. In particular, the microeconomic effects of institutions in a development context and why land titling programs have not led to improved access to private-sector credit for the former squatters.

Grillos, Tara. HKS Public Policy. Environmental and development economics, evaluation of policies to promote sustainable development and valuation of externalities (eg: ecosystem services that are disrupted due to deforestation).

Jack, Brooke Kelsey. HKS Public Policy. Incentives for sustainable community development with a focus on two specific questions. First, how can national and international policies be tailored to local conditions? Second, how can better methods for valuing ecosystem services inform more effective policy?

Kanz, Martin HKS Political Economy and Government. The role of ethnicity and institutions in the political economy of African development; applications of models of collective choice to the political economy of development; examination of how domestic political alignments and institutional choices affect the foreign policy behavior of states.

Kishore, Avinash .HKS Public Policy. Energy and environment policy economics for developing countries with a focus on sustainable development in rural areas.

Meeks, Robyn. HKS Public Policy. Current research interests include transboundary waters, integrated water resource management, and community resource management.

Moon, Suerie. HKS Public Policy. The role of civil society in global economic governance; access to medicines, HIV/AIDS and the pharmaceutical industry; the WTO, globalization and transnational organizing; transparency and accountability in trade negotiations; impact of civil society in combating HIV/AIDS; global social justice campaigns; and legitimacy and governance of NGOs.

Ranson, Matthew. HKS Public Policy. Environmental economics, behavioral economics, and public policy. Research interests include the economic and policy implications of individual decisions that are sub-rational or that are made with limited information--for example, the effects of irrational behaviors on revealed and stated preference estimates of the value of environmental goods.

Rostapshova, Olga. HKS Public Policy. Climate change policy, econometric modeling, electricity and renewable energy, sustainable development and international environmental legislation.

Shrum, Trisha. HKS Public Policy. The issues of climate change and energy through the lenses of environmental and behavioral economics. By integrating behavioral economics with existing research on individuals' response to carbon pricing mechanisms, one can better understand how to design the most effective policies that will maximize consumer response while minimizing the additional price burden. This will also lead to a better estimation of carbon mitigation costs

Sweeney, Richard. HKS Public Policy. The intersection of environmental and energy economics and public policy. The choice between market and non-market regulatory mechanisms. While the theoretical justification for government intervention is obviously important, typically drawn towards understanding how specific policies would work in practice. Environmental regulations often overlap with other types of regulation at both the state and federal level, potentially skewing the intended behavioral response. Evaluation of existing policies and quantifying their benefits. (Are solar subsidies worth it? Do state renewable energy standards add anything but bureaucracy? Do efficiency subsidies alter behavior or simply transfer wealth to people who would have consumed efficient goods anyway?)

Tai, Laurence. HKS Public Policy. Interested in sustainable energy in light of global climate change from an environmental economics perspective; policies for the U.S. electricity industry at the state level, because of the role states currently play in regulating this energy source.

Walker, Elizabeth. HKS Public Policy. Environmental economics, development economics, and behavioral economics. Research on environmental policies in lesser developed countries, particularly land use and climate change in Africa.

** A full list of current student research topics is available for the PhDs in Public Policy and Political Economy and Government.

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