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Program 2018: Environment and Resource Economics Workshop

Joint with : the economics departments of the universities of Montréal, Québec at MontréalMcGill and HEC Montréal

Organizers : Hassan Benchekroun (McGill U.), Robert Cairns (McGill U.), Gérard Gaudet (U. de Montréal), Justin Leroux (HEC Montréal), Ngo Van Long (McGill U.), Martino Pelli (U. de Sherbrooke) and Charles Séguin (UQAM)

Location : UQAM, Pavillon J.-A.-DeSève, 320, rue Sainte-Catherine Est, room DS-5650

Time : 9:00 – 12:00

 



WORKSHOP POSTER (pdf)
(For a complete list of workshops, please click here.) 

7 September 2018

Nicolas Treich (Toulouse School of Economics)
An Economic Model of the Meat Paradox

Carolyn Fisher (University of Ottawa)
Emissions Floor Price Options for EU Member States

14 September 2018

Geir Asheim (University of Oslo)
Characterizing Sustainability in Discrete Time

Santiago Gomez-Rodriguez (Université du Québec à Rimouski) and James Wilson (Université du Québec à Rimouski)
Can Trade Policy Be Used to Slow Species Extinction? A Case Study of CITES and Sawfish (Pristis Spp.)
21 September 2018

CIRANO-CIREQ Workshop on International Environmental Agreements – Bridging the Gap (CIRANO)
28 September 2018

Canadian Resource and Environmental Economics Study Group (CREE) (UQAM)
5 October 2018

Ridhima Gupta (IISER, Bhopal)
White Revolution in India : Estimating the Impact on Methane Emissions

Tiffanie Perrault (Université de Montréal)
Legalizing Cannabis to Fight Organized Crime (with E. Auriol and A. Mesnard)
Abstract : https://cireqmontreal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Perrault.pdf
12 October 2018

Workshop in Memory of Artyom “Art” Shneyerov (CIRANO)
19 October 2018

Sarah Jacobson (Williams College)
Discretionary Exemptions : Regulatory Flexibility for Good or for Ill

Adrien Corneille (Université de Sherbrooke)
The Role of Information on the Preference Patterns for Nonrenewable Resources
26 October 2018

Eduardo Souza Rodrigues (University of Toronto)
Optimal Environmental Targeting in the Amazon Rainforest (with Juliano Assuncao (PUC-Rio), Robert McMillan (University of Toronto) and Joshua Murphy (Natural Resources Canada))

Fanny Moffette (University of Wisconsin)
Agricultural Subsidies : Cutting into Forest Conservation?

2 November 2018

Steve Salant (University of Maryland)
The Effects of “Non-binding” Price Floors

Mario Samano (HEC Montréal)
(Mis)allocation of Renewable Energy Sources
9 November 2018

Catie Hausman (University of Michigan)
Shock Value : Bill Smoothing and Energy Price Pass-Through
 
ABSTRACT : 
Energy prices are volatile, affect every consumer and industry in the economy, and are impacted by regulations including gas taxes and carbon pricing. Like the pass-through literature in general, the growing energy pass-through literature focuses on marginal prices. However, multi-part pricing is common in energy retail pricing. I examine the retail natural gas market, showing that while marginal prices exhibit full or nearly full pass-through, fixed fees exhibit negative pass-through. This is consistent with the stated desire by utilities and regulators to prevent “bill shock.” I discuss implications for pass-through estimation and for proposed alternative pricing structures for regulated utilities.

Damon Matthews (Concordia University)
A Scientific Case for Ambitious Climate Action

ABSTRACT : Given the recent resurgence of climate skepticism and denial south of the border, it is more important than ever to clearly articulate the scientific evidence that supports the need to decarbonize the global energy economy. In this presentation, I will outline the state of this evidence, beginning with the scientific foundation of global warming, and moving through some of the current challenges and uncertainties in the field of climate science. I will conclude by touching on my own research, which can be used to inform what level of emissions reductions would be consistent with maintaining global warming “well below 2°C” above pre-industrial temperatures, the climate target that the world has adopted under the 2015 Paris Agreement.
16 November 2018

Nicholas Rivers (University of Ottawa)
The Economic Cost of Air Pollution : Evidence from Europe

ABSTRACT : We provide the first evidence that air pollution causes economy-wide reductions in pro- ductivity and economic activity. We combine satellite-based measures of air pollution with statistics on regional economic activity throughout the European Union since 2000. We use an instrumental variables approach, based on both thermal inversions and the direction of pre- vailing wind, to identify the causal impact of air pollution on economic activity. We estimate that a 1μg/m3 increase in fine particulate matter concentrations causes a 1.1% reduction in gross domestic product, with 90 percent of this impact due to reductions in productivity and the remaining 10 percent due to reductions in population. Our estimates suggest that the economic benefits of reducing air pollution are much larger than previously thought, and of similar magnitude to the benefits associated with reductions in mortality.

Jill Baumgartner (McGill University)
Longitudinal Evaluation of a Household Energy Package on Air Pollution and Health in China

23 November 2018

Fabien Forge (University of Ottawa)
Hedging Climate Change, Yield Volatility, Crop Choice and Trade

Jie He (Université de Sherbrooke)
Valuation Biases Caused by Public Distrust: Identification and Calibration with Contingent Valuation Studies of Two Air Quality Improvement Programs in China (with Hua Wang (Renmin University of China) and Desheng Huang (Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China))

ABSTRACT : Contingent valuation (CV) studies often adopt public programs in the scenario designs in order to increase credibility and to ensure incentive compatibility. However, such scenario designs can introduce biases in willingness-to-pay (WTP) estimations due to the potential distrusts of respondents in the governments who are responsible for implementing the public programs. In this study, a joint selection modeling strategy, which accommodates both valuation protests and WTP adjustments, is developed for identification and calibration of the potential biases in WTP estimations caused by the public distrust in government. The joint selection model of WTP with public distrust in government is applied to two CV studies conducted in China on air quality improvements. Both channels through which public distrust in government can affect WTP estimation, valuation protest and WTP adjustment, are empirically identified, and the potential biases in WTP estimation caused by the public distrust in government can be as high as 20%.

Keywords : public distrust, contingent valuation, protest, selection bias, WTP determination

30 November 2018

Shanjun Li (Cornell University)
Transportation Policies and Equilibrium Sorting : Evidence from Beijing (with P.J. Barwick (Cornell University & NBER)

Ujjayant Chakravorty (Tufts University)
Inefficiency in Water Pricing and Incentives for Conservation
7 December 2018

Louis Hotte (University of Ottawa)
Foreign Conflicts and OECD Fish Catches (with Maral Kichian (University of Ottawa)

ABSTRACT : We investigate whether the presence of conflict in foreign countries affects fish catches in OECD countries. We make use of country-level data on fish catches dating back to the 1950s, combined with conflict data. Our work is inspired by Hendrix and Glaser (2011) who have obtained that a country’s maritime fish catches tend to decrease when there is a conflict onset within the same country. Our results indicate that there may be a significant diversion effect. The analysis seeks to better inform policy-making devoted to the sustainable management of world fisheries.

Keywords : fisheries, conflict, illegal fishing
Gerard van der Meijden (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
An Oligopoly-Fringe Non-renewable Resource Game in the Presence of a Renewable Substitute

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