Robert Stavins is the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. He directs the Harvard Environmental Economics Program. Stavins is also the director of graduate studies for the doctoral program in public policy and the director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements.
Robert’s Recent Stories
Making Sen$e Dec 06Column: Carbon markets could make the Paris climate deal more effective
Cooperative systems, such as carbon markets, could encourage countries to set more ambitious goals for reducing climate change, writes economist Robert Stavins.
Making Sen$e Mar 16Column: Why Tillerson’s departure is bad for U.S. climate change policy
How will Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's departure impact U.S. climate change policy?…
Economy Jun 06Column: The economics (and politics) of Trump’s Paris withdrawal
The announcement by President Trump that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement was based neither on real science nor sound economics.
Economy Apr 27Column: Why the U.S. should remain in the Paris climate agreement
After 20 years of negotiations, the path-breaking Paris climate agreement, with its exceptionally broad participation, is the answer to long-standing, bipartisan appeals, and provides an excellent foundation for progress.
Economy Nov 11Column: What does Trump’s victory mean for climate change policy?
If he lives up to his campaign rhetoric, Trump may indeed be able to reverse course on climate change policy, increasing the threat to the planet and in the process destroy much of the Obama legacy in this realm.
Economy May 06Column: Don’t be fooled. CO2 emissions still tied to economic growth
The carbon intensity of many economies continues to fall. But don’t be fooled. Economic growth does affect CO2 emissions.
Nation Jul 31Why the benefits of the EPA’s new carbon rule outweigh the costs for the U.S. — just not by as much as you’ve heard
The EPA's proposed regulation to cut carbon emissions is the subject of public hearings across the country this week. Environmental economist Robert Stavins weighs in on how the government is calculating the regulation's benefits, concluding that the benefits do outweigh…
Economy Dec 05Why the US and China Inspire Hope for International Climate Change Action
Protesters assemble outside the 19th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland, late last month. What the conference achieved — and avoided — and an emerging convergence between the world’s two biggest…
Economy Mar 01Is Obama’s Climate Change Policy Doomed to Fail? Maybe Not.
Until there is an obvious, sudden and perhaps cataclysmic event, such as a loss of part of the Antarctic ice sheet, the odds would seem to be stacked heavily against climate change legislation, says Harvard's Rob Stavins. But the picture…