Climate Policy

Today’s climate challenge requires policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and to prepare populations and infrastructure for the impacts of climate change through adaptation.

The goal of our studies in this area is to ensure that any proposed policy is realistic and without unintended consequences. Toward that end, our research aims to delineate the economic and climatic impacts of different policy decisions.

In an effort to inform decision-makers about the benefits and costs of different approaches, we are continuing to study carbon taxes, regulations and cap-and-trade systems in the U.S., Europe and China, and expanding our coverage to other regions such as Africa, South America and Asia.

To learn how your organization can benefit from funding our research, please visit the Joint Program Sponsorship page. 

Publications

Special Report
Paltsev, S.  (2024). New Zealand Treasury paper: Themes from the Treasury’s Guest Lecture Series: Productivity in a Changing World , Presentation Summary, pp. 21-2
Journal Article
Wong, A.Y.H., N E. Selin, S.D. Eastham, C. Mounaïm-Rouselle, Y. Zhang and F. Allroggen (2024). Environmental Research Letters, 19(8) (doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ad5d07) [PDF]
Journal Article
Selin, N.E., A. Giang and W.C. Clark (2024). PNAS, 121(29) (doi: 10.1073/pnas.2215689121)

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Research Projects

People

Administration, Faculty
MIT Energy Initiative; Joint Program
Research staff
Joint Program; MIT Energy Initiative
Research staff
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change; MIT Energy Initiative
Collaborators, Alumni
Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment; Imperial College London, UK
Faculty
Center for Global Change Science; Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
Faculty
Sloan; Joint Program
Administration, Research staff
CEEPR
Faculty
Sloan; Joint Program
Research staff
Center for Global Change Science; MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
Collaborators
Joint Program
Research staff
Joint Program
Collaborators
Joint Program; MITEI