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

The Carbon Tax (VIDEO)

September 19, 2019
This conversation was recorded on August 1, 2019.

Economists broadly agree that the best way to reduce fossil fuel emissions is by putting a price on them. Michael Klein, Executive Editor of EconoFact and Gilbert Metcalf (Tufts) discuss some of the challenges of implementing a carbon tax in the U.S. They highlight

Read more

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 ...
Read more

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 ...
Read more