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

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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