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The Politics of Carbon Pricing
Professor Barry Rabe
Carbon pricing in the form of carbon taxes or cap-and-trade has been broadly embraced by economists for decades as the best policy option for mitigating the threat of climate change. But carbon pricing has struggled politically in the United States and abroad.  It remains among the least likely climate policies to be adopted and among the most likely to be reversed if approved. The talk will examine political challenges across each stage of the policy life-cycle, considering both the impediments to carbon pricing but also key design elements of the more successful and durable policies to date. 

A political scientist trained at the University of Chicago, Professor Rabe is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He is the author of five books, including Can We Price Carbon? (MIT Press, 2018) and is the recipient of four research awards from the American Political Science Association.