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Joseph E. Aldy

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Joseph E. Aldy

Faculty Affiliate, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

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Telephone: 617-496-7213
Email: joseph_aldy@hks.harvard.edu

 

Experience

Joe Aldy is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Nonresident Fellow at Resources for the Future, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on climate change policy, energy policy, and mortality risk valuation. In 2009–2010, he served as the Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment, reporting through both the National Economic Council and the Office of Energy and Climate Change at the White House. Aldy was a Fellow at Resources for the Future from 2005–2008 and served on the staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 1997–2000. He also served as the Co-Director of the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, Co-Director of the International Energy Workshop, and Treasurer for the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists before joining the Barack Obama Administration. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment, and a B.A. from Duke University.

 

 

By Date

 

2015

November 30, 2015

"'Trust But Verify' Should Be a Motto of Paris Climate Talks"

Op-Ed, Christian Science Monitor

By Joseph E. Aldy, Faculty Affiliate, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

The success of the COP21 talks will hinge on the creation of a transparency-and-review mechanism to ensure that countries are meeting their voluntary emissions-reduction targets.

 

 

Creative Commons

November/December 2015

"Need Transparency and Review Mechanisms"

Op-Ed, The Environmental Forum

By Joseph E. Aldy, Faculty Affiliate, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

"Given the interest in climate finance by many developing countries, the United States and other donors could condition financial transfers on developing country participation in the transparency mechanism."

 

 

November 2015

"Evaluating Mitigation Effort: Tools and Institutions for Assessing Nationally Determined Contributions"

Policy Brief

By Joseph E. Aldy, Faculty Affiliate, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

The emerging pledge and review approach to international climate policy provides countries with substantial discretion in how they craft their intended emission mitigation contributions. The resulting heterogeneity in mitigation pledges places significant demands for a well-functioning transparency and review mechanism. In particular, the specific forms of intended contributions necessitate economic analysis in order to estimate the aggregate effects of these contributions as well as to permit "apples-to-apples" comparisons of mitigation efforts. This paper discusses the tools that can inform such analyses as well as the institutional needs of climate transparency.

 

 

November 2015

"Evaluating Mitigation Effort: Tools and Institutions for Assessing Nationally Determined Contributions"

Discussion Paper

By Joseph E. Aldy, Faculty Affiliate, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

The emerging pledge and review approach to international climate policy provides countries with substantial discretion in how they craft their intended emission mitigation contributions. The resulting heterogeneity in mitigation pledges places significant demands for a well-functioning transparency and review mechanism. In particular, the specific forms of intended contributions necessitate economic analysis in order to estimate the aggregate effects of these contributions as well as to permit "apples-to-apples" comparisons of mitigation efforts. This paper discusses the tools that can inform such analyses as well as the institutional needs of climate transparency.

 

 

November 9, 2015

"As the US Heads to Climate Talks, It Seeks a Plan to 'Trust but Verify'"

Op-Ed, Conversation

By Joseph E. Aldy, Faculty Affiliate, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

"The ability to review the outcomes for a mitigation program can demonstrate whether a country undertook a good-faith effort to deliver on its pledged commitment and build trust among those participating in an agreement. An effective system to collect, analyze and disseminate information about countries' pledges can also facilitate subsequent negotiations."

 

 

August 2015

"The Competitiveness Impacts of Climate Change Mitigation"

Discussion Paper

By Joseph E. Aldy, Faculty Affiliate, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and William A. Pizer

The authors examine the effect of real energy prices and a simulated carbon price on production and net imports. They find modest adverse competitiveness effects for energy-intensive industries.

 

 

June 18, 2015

"A Blessing to Slow Climate Change"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, Harvard Gazette

By Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Joseph E. Aldy, Faculty Affiliate, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and Naomi Oreskes

"Last year at the United Nations General Assembly, heads of state came together to talk about climate change. We had an announcement on carbon pricing signed on by more than 70 countries, more than 1,000 businesses — reflecting this emerging view of both those in public policy and those using the technologies in the business world — that pricing carbon is the way to get us off of fossil fuels, to create that incentive for the technologies that will allow us to still enjoy the level of economic development that we aspire to, without having an adverse impact on the climate."

 

 

June 2015

"Policy Surveillance in the G-20 Fossil Fuel Subsidies Agreement: Lessons for Climate Policy"

Discussion Paper

By Joseph E. Aldy, Faculty Affiliate, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Inadequate policy surveillance has undermined the effectiveness of multilateral climate agreements. To illustrate an alternative approach to transparency, the author evaluated policy surveillance under the 2009 G-20 fossil fuel subsidies agreement. The Leaders of the Group of 20 nations tasked their energy and finance ministers to identify and phase-out fossil fuel subsidies. The G-20 leaders agreed to submit their subsidy reform strategies to peer review and to independent expert review conducted by international organizations.

 

2014

August 2014

"Comparability of Effort in International Climate Policy Architecture—Summary"

Policy Brief

By Joseph E. Aldy, Faculty Affiliate, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and William A. Pizer

The ability to compare the aspirations and effectiveness of domestic actions to mitigate global climate change is vital to the success of international climate agreements. The current research explores a variety of potential metrics that might facilitate comparison of mitigation effort—and how transparency in policy design can contribute to comparability, accountability, and hence the effectiveness of an international agreement.

 

 

January 2014

"Comparability of Effort in International Climate Policy Architecture"

Discussion Paper

By Joseph E. Aldy, Faculty Affiliate, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and William A. Pizer

The comparability of domestic actions to mitigate global climate change has important implications for the stability, equity, and efficiency of international climate agreements. the authors examine a variety of metrics that could be used to evaluate countries' climate change mitigation effort and illustrate their potential application for large developed and developing countries.

 
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