Gilbert Metcalf
TUFTS UNIVERSITY. Professor of Economics. Current research focuses on policy evaluation and design in the area of energy and climate change.

Carbon Taxes: What Can We Learn From International Experience?

May 3, 2019

The Issue:

Economists have argued for almost one-hundred years that carbon taxes can address the problem of pollution. And the issue has gained increasing urgency with the threat of climate change. In the last 25 years there has been a move from theory to practice. As of early 2018, more than 25 national or subnational

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Oil Prices: Is it Déjà vu All Over Again?

June 3, 2018

The Issue:

Oil prices topped $70 a barrel in May 2018 for the first time since late 2014. Rising gas prices at the fuel pumps were not far behind. Also not far behind were the politicians from both sides of the aisle blaming the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Saudi Arabia for driving ...
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New (Republican) Support for a Carbon Tax

February 10, 2017

The Issue:

Last year was the warmest since 1880 when recordkeeping began. There is widespread scientific support for the role that greenhouse gases play in the trend rise in temperatures. Yet efforts to combat climate change through policy have been contentious. With the 2009 failure of the Waxman-Markey cap and ...
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