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- Meet EPIC's Pre-Doctoral Fellows: Johanna Rayl
Johanna Rayl’s increasing interest in environmental topics led her to focus her research on climate change.
“I realized early on in college that climate change presents a fascinating, complex, and never-ending challenge that intersects with nearly every other social issue,” she said.
This realization has consistently motivated her academic and research interests. She went on to major in Environmental Analysis at Pomona College in California. She also interned for Resources for the Future (RFF), where she focused on water markets in Chile. There, water is privately owned and freely tradable. Specifically, Johanna examined the prices at which non-consumptive water rights were traded to determine how they affected the rights’ values.
“The process of obtaining, cleaning and analyzing the data for this project was a natural precursor to my work at EPIC,” she said.
As a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at EPIC, Johanna is working with Michael Greenstone on his E2e Project, a joint collaboration with the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley and the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at MIT that focuses on energy efficiency. Working on the E2e Project, Johanna realizes the importance that empirical findings have on policy that is focused on energy efficiency.
“For the broader field of climate and energy economics,” she added, “E2e projects contribute important findings on what role energy efficiency can and should play in the mitigation of carbon emissions.”
In the future, Johanna plans to continue her research in a PhD program. In the meantime, she hopes that her fellowship at EPIC will provide her with a clearer understanding of the skills she will develop in graduate school.