Robert Stavins

Robert N. Stavins is the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, and Chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Faculty Group at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Why Cancun trumped Copenhagen: warmer relations on rising temperatures

During weeks of discussions in Cancun that wrapped up on Dec. 12, the world's governments achieved consensus on a set of substantive steps forward.

What happened (and why): an assessment of the Cancun Agreements

Despite the gloom-and-doom predictions that dominated the weeks and months leading up to Cancun, the talks must be judged a success. The Cancun Agreements represent a set of modest steps forward.

Defining success for climate negotiations in Cancun

The key challenge of the Cancun climate talks is to continue the process of constructing a sound foundation for meaningful, long-term global action.

Carbon-pricing and technology R&D initiatives: Both are necessary, but neither is sufficient

Economists and other policy analysts have noted that policies intended to foster climate-friendly technology research and development will also be necessary, but likewise will not be sufficient on their own.

Carbon pricing and technology R&D initiatives in a meaningful national climate policy

A new report presents false substitutes to a carbon pricing policy, which are nonetheless requisite complements to that essential policy.

In defense of markets

Cap-and-trade has been demonized by conservatives as part of an effective strategy to stop climate legislation from moving forward in the U.S. Congress.This unfortunate tarnishing of market-based instruments for environmental protection will come back to haunt conservatives and liberals alike …

The real options for U.S. climate policy

The time has not yet come to throw in the towel regarding the possible enactment in 2010 of meaningful economy-wide climate change policy (such as that found in the Waxman-Markey legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in June, …

A closer look at the Kerry-Lieberman cap-and-trade proposal

As with the Waxman-Markey bill (H.R. 2454), passed by the House of Representatives last June, there is now some confusing commentary in the press and blogosphere about the allocation of allowances in the new Senate proposal — the American Power …

Federal climate policy should preempt state and regional initiatives

In just a few days, Sens. John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, and Joe Lieberman will release their much-anticipated proposal for comprehensive climate and energy legislation — the best remaining shot at forging a bipartisan consensus on this issue in 2010. Their …