Type: Public event

CANCELED: Panel discussion: Understanding climate change and carbon pricing at the state and local level

Environmental Policy Association

Date & time

Mar 12, 2020, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EDT


1110 Weill, Betty Ford Classroom
735 S. State St

**Due to the COVID-19 situation, this event has been canceled.**

Free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.  

A panel discussion between three distinguished University of Michigan professors and Dr. Bauman, all of whose work and background focus on environmental and energy policy and economics. This panel will focus on the theoretical and practical implications of instituting a carbon price to help mitigate carbon emissions, including a discussion of existing city and state case studies.

From the speakers bios: 

Yoram Bauman makes a living as “the world’s first and only stand-up economist,” but he is also a PhD environmental economist who founded the first-ever carbon tax ballot measure campaign in the United States (the Initiative 732 effort in Washington State in 2016) and co-founded an organization in Utah called Clean The Darn Air that aims to put clean-air-and-climate measures on the ballot in that state. Yoram is the co-author of the Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change, the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics, and the 1998 book Tax Shift, which helped inspire the revenue-neutral carbon tax in British Columbia. After 20 years in Seattle, Yoram now lives in Salt Lake City, but he takes his comedy act to colleges and corporate events around the country and around the world. He has a BA in mathematics from Reed College and a PhD in economics from the University of Washington. His goals in life are to spread joy to the world through economics comedy; to reform economics education; and to implement carbon pricing.

Catherine H. Hausman is an assistant professor at the Ford School and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economics Research. Her work focuses on environmental and energy economics. Recent projects have looked at the natural gas sector's role in methane leaks, the impact of climate change on the electricity grid, and the effects of nuclear power plant closures. Prior to her graduate studies, Catherine studied in Peru under a Fulbright grant. She has taught statistics, a policy seminar on energy and climate, and a course on government regulation of industry and the environment. She holds a BA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Barry Rabe is the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy at the Ford School. He is also the Arthur Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy, with courtesy appointments in the Program in the Environment, the Department of Political Science, and the School for Environment and Sustainability. A non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Barry directed the Ford School's Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) from 2012-2019 and was a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2015. His research examines climate and energy politics, and his most recent book, Can We Price Carbon? (MIT Press) was released in 2018. He has received four awards for his research from the American Political Science Association, including the 2017 Martha Derthick Award for long-standing impact in the fields of federalism and intergovernmental relations. In recent years, Barry has chaired the Assumable Waters Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has served on recent National Academy of Public Administration panels examining the Departments of Commerce and Interior as well as the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. He is currently a member of the U-M Carbon Neutrality Commission.

Sam Stolper is an environmental and energy economist. His research, teaching, and writing are aimed at the design and implementation of environmental policy that is both efficient and equitable. He teaches courses on this subject to graduate students at SEAS as well as undergraduates in the Program in the Environment (PitE). Prior to joining SEAS, Sam was a postdoctoral associate at MIT, jointly through the Department of Economics and the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR). He received a PhD in public policy in 2016 from Harvard University and a BS in biomedical engineering in 2006 from Brown University.

Co-sponsors: Ford School Renewable Energy Support Fund, Ford School EPA, Potentially the Michigan Climate Action Summit (MICAS)

This event is managed by the Environmental Policy Association, a voluntary student organization at the Ford School. Contact [email protected] for more information.