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Supporting the transition to electric-drive, alternative-fuel, and autonomous vehicles through innovative research and decision support.
Developing strategies to spur renewable energy and energy efficiency in California.
Supporting the creation and implementation of state and local policies, investments and plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing local benefits.
Enhancing the role of information and communications technologies in the 21st century.
Advancing policy, economic, and technological solutions that support sustainable water systems and water use behavior in California.
Supporting urban greening efforts―in public parks, streets and beyond―to restore natural processes and habitats while connecting neighborhoods to each other and their environment.

Energy and Environmental Policy

Special Topics in Public Policy: Energy and Environmental Policy

Spring 2014

Class description: Presentation of major energy and environmental policy debates by nationally-recognized scholars. Students develop their ability to understand the application of advanced research methods within these debates. They are also afforded the opportunity to undertake guided research on a topic of their choosing.


Week 1: April 3, 2014

W. Reed Walker

W. Reed Walker, UC Berkeley

"Every Breath You Take | Every Dollar You'll Make:The Long-Term Consequences of the Clean Air Act of 1970


Week 2: April 10, 2014

Matthew KahnMatthew Kahn, UC Los Angeles

"Household Demand for Low Carbon Public Policies: Evidence from California"


Week 3: April 17, 2014

Hunt AllcottHunt Allcott, NYU

“Information, Salience, and Energy Efficiency Policy” 


Week 4: April 24, 2014

Catherine WolframCatherine Wolfram, UC Berkeley

"The Demand for Energy-Using Assets among the World's Rising Middle Classes"


Week 5: May 1, 2014

Kyle MengKyle Meng, Columbia

"Forecasting the Cost to Firms of Climate Policy using Prediction Markets and Lobbying Records"


Week 6: May 8, 2014

Katrina JessoeKatrina Jessoe, UC Davis

"Commercial and Industrial Demand Response Under Mandatory Time-of-Use Electricity Pricing"


Week 7: May 17, 2014

Tamara SheldonTamara Lynn Sheldon, UC San Diego

“Designing Effective Plug-in Electric Vehicle Rebates”


Week 8: May 22, 2014

Junjie ZhangJunjie Zhang, UC San Diego

"’Effortless Perfection:’Do Chinese Cities Manipulate Air Pollution Data?"


Week 9: May 29, 2014

Koechiro ItoKoichiro Ito, Boston University

"The Economics of Attribute-Based Regulation: Theory and Evidence from Fuel-Economy Standards"


Week 10: June 5, 2014

Mark JacobsenMark Jacobsen, UC San Diego

"Vehicle Scrappage and Gasoline Policy"


All Environmental Econonics and Policy lectures are FREE. They will be held in the Luskin School of Public Affairs' Third Floor Classroom 3343. Although registration is not required, space is limited. Seating will be first come, first served. 

Lecture Professors

JR DeShazoJ.R. DeShazo, Professor, Public Policy, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and Director, UCLA Luskin Center



Matt KahnMatthew Kahn, Professor, Public Policy, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs