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Peter WilcoxenProfessor, Public Administration and International Affairs
Peter J. Wilcoxen is an economist whose research focuses on the design and analysis of environmental and energy policies, especially those connected with national or international measures to address climate change. He is a professor in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, co-director of the Brookings Climate and Energy Economics Project, and is a member of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. His work often involves the design, construction and use of large-scale intertemporal general equilibrium models such as IGEM, an model of the US economy that has been extensively used by the US EPA to analyze the impacts of the Clean Air Act and proposed climate legislation. He is the author or coauthor of more than 70 published papers and three books including, most recently, Double Dividend: Environmental Taxes and Fiscal Reform in the United States, which examines the prospects for using carbon taxes to reduce climate change and improve efficiency of the tax system. He received his BA in physics from the University of Colorado and his AM and PhD in economics from Harvard University. Prior to arriving at Syracuse he was an assistant and then associate professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. He has also served as a Review Editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and has been a member of the US EPA’s Environmental Economics Advisory Committee. Dr. Wilcoxen’s research has been supported by the EPA, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and a range of foundations and private sector organizations.
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