Carbon pricing & innovation in a world of political constraints

Organized by Jesse Jenkins, Leah Stokes, and Gernot Wagner.

Thanks to Hewlett and Sloan Foundations as well as the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and Niskanen Center for generous support. (Subsequent workshop, held in November 2020, on the "Social cost of Carbon in U.S. Policy-Making.")

(By invitation only; please contact Gernot Wagner or the NYU Wagner events team with any questions.)


Workshop report

Jenkins, Jesse D., Leah Stokes, and Gernot Wagner (Eds). 2020. “Carbon pricing and innovation in a world of political constraints.” Workshop Report.


Agenda (remote only; all times are Eastern Daylight Time)

Day 1: Thursday, March 19, 2020

9:00 – 9:15 am  Welcome, framing, and quick introductions

9:15 – 9:45 am   Panel 1: Setting the stage: motivations and goals for the workshop – taking stock of the past decade(s) of experience and research on the economic, political and technological effects of carbon pricing and innovation in a world of political constraints — Gernot Wagner, Leah Stokes & Jesse Jenkins

9:45 – 9:55 am   Respondents — Bracken Hendricks & Barry Rabe 

9:55 – 10:25 am   Discussion

10:30 – 10:45 am   Break

10:45 – 11:45 am   Panel 2: Lessons learned from around the world 

- Europe: Julius Anderson & Tobias Schmidt

- Canada: Gerald Butts & Andrew Leach

11:45 – 11:55 am   Respondents: Stephane Hallegate & Carolyn Fischer 

11:55 am – 12:15 pm   Discussion

12:15 – 12:30 pm   Break

12:30 – 1:15 pm   Lunch conversation with John Podesta and Jerry Taylor with moderation from Robinson Meyer: policymaking during times of crisis - lessons from the past decade

1:15 – 1:30 pm   Break

1:30 – 2:20 pm   Panel 3: US federal context and lessons learned from the US experience

- Federal regulatory context: Ricky Revesz

- Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Leigh Raymond

- California: Danny Cullenward

- Washington State: Sam Ricketts

2:20 – 2:25 pm   Respondents: Adele Morris 

2:25 – 2:55 pm   Discussion

2:55 – 3:10 pm   Break

3:10 – 3:50 pm   Panel 4: Carbon pricing design and political feasibility given empirical evidence: what do we know about the limits to household willingness to pay for climate policy, and how is this affected by instrument choice, policy framing, and public communication strategies? How is the politics of carbon pricing impacted by economic crises and recession and expansion periods?

- Kathryn Harrison

- Matto Mildenberger

- Liam Beiser-McGrath

- Marc Hafstead

3:50 – 3:55 pm   Respondent — Noah Kaufman

3:55 – 4:30 pm   Discussion

4:30 – 5:00 pm   Closing observations for day 1 and discussion: What was missing today? What to address tomorrow? — led by David Hawkins

Day 2, Friday, March 20, 2020

9:00 – 9:55 am Panel 5: The role of innovation and industrial policy in a politically-constrained context: how can policy accelerate cost reductions for clean energy and climate mitigation options?

- Valerie Karplus

- Greg Nemet

- Wei Peng

- Ken Gillingham 

- Kelly Sims Gallagher

9:55 – 10:05 am Respondent: Erin Baker

10:05 – 10:30 am Discussion

10:30 – 10:45 am Break

10:45 – 11:30 am Panel 6: Policy sequencing, policy design, and equity

- Kate Ricke

- Ed Barbier 

- Jessica Green 

- Kerene Tayloe

- Jonas Meckling 

11:30 – 11:35 am Respondent: Julian Brave NoiseCat 

11:35 am – 12:10 pm Practitioners' reactions to the panels — kicked off by Natalie Mebane

12:10 – 12:30 pm Closing discussion - What do we still need to know? Future research Agenda? Follow-up workshop? Plan for the workshop public report?




Julius Andersson

Ed Barbier

Carolyn Fischer

Ken Gillingham 

Marc Hafstead

Stephane Hallegatte

Noah Kaufman

Andrew Leach

Adele Morris

Gernot Wagner


Political Scientists:

Michaël Aklin

Sydney Bartone 

Liam Beiser-McGrath

Santiago Cunial

Jessica Green

Kathryn Harrison

Alex Hertel-Fernandez

Jared Finnegan 

Matto Mildenberger

Jonas Meckling 

Barry Rabe

Leigh Raymond

Leah Stokes


Energy Systems and Innovation:

Erin Baker

Michael Davidson 

Jesse Jenkins

Valerie Karplus

Greg Nemet

Wei Peng

Jacquelyn Pless

Kate Ricke 

Tobias Schmidt

Kelly Sims Gallagher




Danny Cullenward

Michael Gerrard

Alice Kaswan

Ricky Revesz

Narayan Subramanian


NGOs, government, foundations, advocacy:

Elke Asen

Heather Boushey

Julian Brave NoiseCat

Alex Brill

Gerald Butts 

Austin Clemens

Adam Falk 

Jane Flegal

Josh Freed

David Hawkins

Bracken Hendricks

Jerry Hinkle

Suzi Kerr

Jacob Leibenluft

Joseph Majkut

Natalie Mebane

Evan Michelson

Caroline Normille

Shuting Pomerleau

John Podesta

Dan Reeves

Sam Ricketts

Catrina Rorke

Casey Schoeneberger

Kerene Tayloe

Jerry Taylor

Lindsey Walter

Lee Wasserman


Journalists (Chatham House Rule):

Rob Meyer, The Atlantic

David Roberts, Vox

Lisa Song, ProPublica

David Wallace-Wells, NY Mag