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May 28, 2010

Harvard Environmental Economics Program Awards Student Prizes for 2009-10

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program, a University-wide initiative that seeks to develop innovative answers to today’s complex environmental challenges, has awarded four prizes to Harvard University students for the best research papers addressing a topic in environmental, energy, or resource economics: one prize each for an undergraduate paper, a senior thesis, master’s student paper, and doctoral student paper. Each prize was accompanied by a monetary award.

According to Robert N. Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and Harvard Environmental Economics Program Director, “The submissions for this year’s suite of four prizes demonstrated great creativity, excellent research skills, and impressive writing. I’m pleased to say that this made it difficult for the judges to select the winners.”

The prizes were judged by a committee of four faculty fellows of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program and HUCE faculty associates: James Hammitt, Harvard School of Public Health; Rema Hanna, Harvard Kennedy School; Richard Hornbeck, Department of Economics; and Michael Toffel, Harvard Business School. The prizes were supported by the Enel Endowment for Environmental Economics at Harvard and the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation.

The Winners are:
The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Prize for the Best Undergraduate Paper ($1,000)
Karen Ding, “Cash for Clunkers: A Benefit-Cost Analysis.”

The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Prize for the Best Senior Thesis ($1,500)
Patrick Behrer, “Building in the Mountains: A hedonic analysis of the value of degraded mountain views using GIS modeling.”

The Enel Endowment Prize for the Best Paper by a Masters Student ($2,000)
Andrew Philip Matheny, “Reducing the impact of price shocks in energy-intensive economies.”

The Enel Endowment Prize for the Best Paper by a Doctoral Student ($2,500) Kelsey Jack, “Allocation in environmental markets: A field experiment with tree planting
contracts.”

For more information, contact Robert Stowe at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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