11.942 | Spring 2007 | Graduate

Regional Energy-Environmental Economic Modeling


This page contains a schedule of readings by session, as well as a set of miscellaneous readings.

1 Overview of regional sustainable development issues  
2 Sustainable energy and environmental systems

Buy at MIT Press Tester, Jefferson, Elisabeth Drake, Michael Driscoll, Michael Golay, and William Peters. “Sustainable Energy: The Engine of Sustainable Development.” In Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005, pp. 1-50. ISBN: 978-0262201537.

Smil, Vaclav. Energy. Oxford, UK: One World Publications, 2006, pp. 85-126. ISBN: 978-1851684526.

3 Green accounting and relevance for regional modeling

Bolt, Katherine, Giovanni Ruta, and Maria Sarraf. “Estimating the Cost of Environmental Degradation” (PDF - 2.2 MB). Washington, DC: The World Bank Environment Department, 2005, pp. E1-E80.

Hecht, Joy. National Environmental Accounting: Bridging the Gap between Ecology and Economy. Washington, DC: Resources for the Future, 2005, pp. 53-89. ISBN: 978-1891853944.

“The Greening of China.” The Economist, October 20, 2005.

4 Life-cycle assessments, part 1

Miller, Ian, Michael Shelly, Paul Jonmaire, Richard Lee, and Raymond Harbison. “Assessing Contributory Risk Using Economic Input-Output Life-Cycle Analysis.” International Journal of Environmental Health Research 15, no. 2 (2005): 107-115.

Hendrickson, Chris, Lester Lave, and H. Scott Matthews. Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Goods and Services: An Input-Output Approach. Washington, DC: Resources for the Future, 2006. ISBN: 978-1933115245.

5 Life-cycle assessments, part 2  
6 Regional energy-efficiency and environmental models, part 1

Ning Ai, Zhan Guo, and Karen Polenske. “Socioeconomic Impact Analysis of Yellow-Dust Storms: An Approach and Case Study for Beijing.” Economic Systems Research, publication forthcoming.

Flynn, Edward. “Impact of Technological Change and Productivity on the Coal Market.” Energy Information Administration, 2000.

Polenske, Karen, and Xiannuan Lin. “Conserving Energy to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions in China.” Structural Change and Economic Dynamics 4, no. 2 (1993): 249-265.

Polenske, Karen, and Francis McMichael. “A Chinese Cokemaking Process-Flow Model for Energy and Environmental Analyses.” Energy Policy 30, no. 10 (2002): 865-883.

Rupasingha, Anil, Stephan Goetz, David Debertin, and Angelos Pagoulatos. “Tne Environmental Kuznets Curve for US Counties: A Spatial Econometric Analysis with Extensions.” Papers in Regional Science 83, no. 2 (2004): 407-424.

Zhang, Zhongxiang. “Why Did the Energy Intensity Fall in China’s Industrial Sector in the 1990s? The Relative Importance of Structural Change and Intensity Change.” Energy Economics 25, no. 6 (2003): 625-638.

Suggested Readings

Lin, Xiannuan. “Declining Energy Intensity in China’s Industrial Sector.” Journal of Energy and Development 16, no. 2 (1992): 195-218.

Lin, Xiannuan (James), and Karen Polenske. “Energy-Use and Air-Pollution Impacts of China’s Transportation Growth.” In Energizing China: Reconciling Environmental Protection and Economic Growth . Edited by Michael McElroy, Chris Nielsen, and Peter Lydon. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Center for the Environment, 1998, pp. 201-238. ISBN: 978-0674253292.

Lin, Xiannuan, and Karen Polenske. “Input-Output Modeling of Production Processes for Business Management.” Structural Change and Economic Dynamics 9 (1998): 205-226.

Mock, John, Jefferson Tester, and P. Michael Wright. “Geothermal Energy from the Earth: Its Potential Impact as an Environmentally Sustainable Resource.” Annual Review of Energy and the Environment 22 (1997): 305-356.

7 Regional energy-efficiency and environmental models, part 2  
8 Climate change models, part 1

Darwin, Roy, Marinos Tsigas, Jan Lewandrowski, and Anton Raneses. “Land Use and Cover in Ecological Economics.” Ecological Economics 17 (1996): 157-181.

Mendelsohn, R., W. Nordhaus, and D. Shaw. “The Impact of Climate Change on US Agriculture: A Ricardian Approach.” American Economic Review 84, no. 4 (1994): 753-771.

IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis.

Izaurralde, R. Cesar, Norman Rosenberg, Robert Brown, and Allison Thomson. “Integrated Assessment of Hadley Center (HadCM2) Climate-Change Impacts on Agricultural Productivity and Irrigation Water Supply in the Conterminous United States. Part II. Regional Agriculture Production in 2030 and 2095.” Agricultural and Forest Meterology 117, no. 1-2 (2003): 97-122.

Suggested Readings

Mendelsohn, Robert, William Nordhaus, and Daigee Shaw. “The Impact of Global Warming on Agriculture: A Ricardian Analysis.” American Economic Review 84, no. 4 (1994): 753-771.

Parry, Martin, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Ana Iglesias, Gunther Fischer, and Matthew Livermore. “Climate Change and World Food Security: A New Assessment.” Global Environmental Change 9 (1999): S51-S67.

9 Climate change models, part 2  
10 Linkage between environmental and energy models, part 1

Considine, Timothy. “Is the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Our Ace in the Hole?Energy Journal 27, no. 3 (2006): 91-112.

Kaufmann, Robert, Stephane Dees, Pavlos Karadeloglou, and Marcelo Sanchez. “Does OPEC Matter? An Econometric Analysis of Oil Prices.” Energy Journal 25 (2004): 67-90.

Polenske, Karen. The Technology-Energy-Environmental-Health (TEEH) Chain: A Case Study of Cokemaking. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2006, pp. 1-22. ISBN: 978-1402034336.

Polenske, Karen, and Ali Shirvani-Mahdavi. “Review of an Emissions Permit Exchange and the Characteristics of the Reclaim NOx Market in Los Angeles.” Prepared for the South Coast Air Quality Management District, 2001.

11 Linkage between environmental and energy models, part 2  
12 Student presentations  

Miscellaneous Readings

Baughman, Martin, and Paul Joskow. “The Effects of Fuel Prices on Residential Appliance Choice in the United States.” Land Economics 51, no. 1 (1975): 41-49.

Borenstein, Severin. “The Trouble with Electricity Markets: Understanding California’s Restructuring Disaster.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 16, no. 1 (2002): 191-211.

Joskow, Paul, and Edward Kahn. “A Quantitative Analysis of Pricing Behavior in California’s Wholesale Electricity Market During Summer 2000.” Energy Journal 23, no. 4 (2002):1-35.

Mauzerall, Denise, and Xiaoping Wang. “Protecting Agricultural Crops from the Effects of Tropospheric Ozone Exposure: Reconciling Science and Standard Setting in the United States, Europe, and Asia.” Annual Review of Energy and the Environment, 26 (2001): 237-268.