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Jeffrey Frankel

Jeffrey Frankel

James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth

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Email: jeffrey_frankel@harvard.edu
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Harvard Project on Climate Agreements (continued)

April 2009

"Global Environment and Trade Policy"

Discussion Paper

By Jeffrey Frankel, James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth

Global environmental goals and trade goals can be reconciled.   Globalization and multilateral institutions can facilitate environmental protection rather than obstruct it, if they are harnessed in the right way.  Perhaps most urgent is that negotiators working on a sequel to the Kyoto Protocol agree on guidelines to govern precisely how individual countries can and cannot use trade measures in pursuit of carbon mitigation.

 

 

October 2008

"Global Environmental Policy and Global Trade Policy"

Discussion Paper

By Jeffrey Frankel, James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth

"The global climate regime and the global trade policy regime are on a collision course. National efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) instill among environmentalists fears of leakage and among businesspeople fears of lost competitiveness. Policy-makers respond to these fears. In 2008, legislative attempts in both Washington, DC, and Brussels to enact long-term targets for reduced emission of GHGs included provisions for possible penalties against imports from countries perceived as non-participating. Trade measures, if well designed, could in theory be WTO-compatible...."

 

 

October 2008

"An Elaborated Proposal for Global Climate Policy Architecture: Specific Formulas and Emission Targets for All Countries in All Decades"

Discussion Paper

By Jeffrey Frankel, James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth

This paper offers a detailed plan to set quantitative national limits on emissions of greenhouse gases, building on the foundation of the Kyoto Protocol. It attempts to fill in the most serious gaps: the absence of targets extending as far as 2100, the absence of participation by the United States and developing countries, and the absence of reason to think that countries will abide by commitments. The plan elaborates on the idea of a framework of formulas that can assign quantitative limits across countries, one budget period at a time. Unlike other proposals for century-long paths of emission targets that are based purely on science (concentration goals) or economics (cost-benefit optimization), this plan is based partly on politics.

 

 

September 5, 2007

"Frankel Proposal: Formulas for Quantitative Emission Targets"

Policy Brief

By Jeffrey Frankel, James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth

Jeffrey Frankel has proposed a climate policy architecture that builds on the quantitative targets and timetables infrastructure of the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol.  He calls for a sequence of negotiations (one per decade) to determine the global greenhouse gas emissions cap and a formula for allocating this global cap among all participating countries.

 

 

September 21, 2004

Designing a Regime for Developing Countries that is Cost-Effective and Equitable

Conference Paper

By Joseph E. Aldy, Faculty Affiliate, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and Jeffrey Frankel, James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth

Paper presented at the Leaders' Summit on Post-Kyoto Architecture: Toward an L20? Conference, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, NY, September 21, 2004

 

Science, Technology, and Public Policy

AP Photo

Spring 2010

"Scholars' Views Vary on Copenhagen Successes"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Jeffrey Frankel, James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Growth, Kelly Sims Gallagher, Member of the Board and Robert N. Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government; Member of the Board; Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

"Belfer Center participants in the 2009 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (UNFCCC) agreed that while the summit did not produce the treaty most wanted, it did make some significant progress. They disagree, however, on how much. Professors Jeffrey FrankelKelly Sims Gallagher, and Robert Stavins, all members of the Belfer Center Board of Directors, offer their takeaways from the event."

 

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