Koichiro Ito, who has been an assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy since 2015, was awarded tenure at the school as of July 1. Ito’s interests include environmental and energy economics, industrial organization, and public economics. His past research has studied how consumers respond to various pricing and incentive programs in electricity markets; how moral suasion tactics affect the public’s economic decisions; how firms strategically react to attribute-based regulation such as fuel economy standards; how firms respond to dynamic incentives in electricity markets; and how much people in China value air quality.
As already-hot summers heat up with climate change, how will farmers adapt to protect their crops? Faced with an historic climate-driven drought that dried up surface water resources, farmers are forced to rely on another scarce resource: groundwater. An integrated policy approach is needed to conserve water and maintain robust agricultural production, write Fiona Burlig and Louis Preonas in Forbes.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis recently announced a roadmap for the state to generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040. At the same time, he signed a suite of legislation to decarbonize the electricity sector, expand energy efficiency programs, and more. Much of the responsibility for delivering these goals will fall on the shoulders of Will Toor, the executive director of the Colorado Energy Office. Toor joined us to talk about these clean energy efforts and others, including work to get more electric vehicles on the road and to reduce emissions from various sectors.
EPIC and the Climate Impact Lab are excited to announce the addition of postdoctoral scholar Ishan Nath to their teams. Nath will start his two-year postdoctoral appointment with EPIC and the Lab on September 1. His work in this position will build on his doctoral studies at the University, which were conducted under the supervision of EPIC Director and Lab Co-Founder Michael Greenstone. Nath began working with the Climate Impact Lab as a graduate student researcher in 2015 and will continue his postdoctoral work with the team to examine the local effects of climate change around the world and to estimate a global social cost of carbon.
Research by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago found that globally, air pollution from particulate matter is the single greatest threat to human life. The researchers concluded that the air in Johannesburg is the worst in South Africa and costs people 3.23 years of their life.