Conference to assess energy efficiency in housing, green cities

quinta-feira, Outubro 18, 2012

For Immediate Release
Contact: Anthony Flint 617-503-2116

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (October 18, 2012) – Scholars and practitioners will assess the record of energy efficiency in housing and cities at the conference Present & Retrospect: The Work of John M. Quigley October 22-23 at the Sheraton Commander Hotel in Cambridge.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Lincoln Institute and the Berkeley Program on Housing and Urban Policy in honor of the late Berkeley professor John M. Quigley, who was an original organizing partner for the event before his death in May of this year.

The presentations on Monday, October 22 will address the original theme of energy efficiency and cities, a topic that Quigley had recently given much attention. The topics will include the economics of energy-efficient cities, including improvements in commercial and office buildings, financing mechanisms for energy-efficient retrofits, and dynamics of electricity supply and shortages; energy demand in the developing world and cities and climate change policy in Asia; the developer’s perspective on residential green building and consumer responses to energy price increases; and the health benefits of carbon pricing in transportation.

The second day of the conference will reflect more broadly on Quigley’s contribution to urban economics, with presentations by his former colleagues, co-authors and students. These papers address topics including immigrants and employment, land use and urbanization in developing countries, legacy pension costs for local governments, rent control and other wide-ranging topics encompassing Quigley’s distinguished career.

The conference will feature leading scholars such as Edward Glaeser, Jose A. Gomez-Ibanez, and John Macomber from Harvard University, Larry Rosenthal and Catherine Wolfram from the University of California, Berkeley, Tracy Gordon from The Brookings Institution, and Matthew Kahn from the University of California Los Angeles, among many others. The full agenda is below.

Day 1

Session I: The Economics of Energy-Efficient Cities

Chair: Paul Cheshire, London School of Economics

Commercial and Office Buildings Speaker: Nils Kok, Maastricht University

Costly Blackouts? Measuring Productivity and Environmental Effects of Electricity Shortages Speaker: Erin Mansur, Dartmouth University

Financing Mechanisms for Energy-Efficient Retrofits Speaker: Dwight Jaffee, University of California, Berkeley

Discussants: Piet Eichholtz, Maastricht University

John D. Macomber, Harvard University

Session II: World Climate Change Policy

Chair: Yongheng Deng, National University of Singapore

Energy Demand in the Developing World Speaker: Catherine Wolfram, University of California, Berkeley

Cities and Climate Change Policy in Asia Speaker: Siqi Zheng, Tsinghua University

Discussants: Yongheng Deng, National University of Singapore

Armando Carbonell, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Session III: Green Cities and Urban Space

Chair: Piet Eichholtz, Maastricht University

Economic Returns to Residential Green Building Investment: The Developer’s Perspective Speaker: Yongheng Deng, National University of Singapore

Consumer Responses to Gasoline Price Changes Speaker: Ken Gillingham, Yale University

Discussants: Jose A. Gomez-Ibanez, Harvard University

Matthew E. Kahn, University of California, Los Angeles

Session IV: Behavioral and Regulatory Aspects of Energy Efficiency

Chair: Christopher Zegras, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cleaning Out the Bathwater with the Baby: Health Benefits of Carbon Pricing in Transportation Speaker: Christopher R. Knittel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Is There an Energy Efficiency Gap? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial Speaker: Hunt Allcott, New York University

Discussants: Paul Cheshire, London School of Economics

Karen Palmer, Resources for the Future

Day 2

Introductory remarks, Larry A. Rosenthal, Executive Director, Berkeley Program on Housing & Urban Policy

Session I: Ethnicity, Community, and Neighborhoods

Chair: Matthew E. Kahn, University of California, Los Angeles

Ethnic Communities and Employment Outcomes of Latino Immigrants: Evidence from 2000-2010 Speaker: Gary Painter, University of Southern California

Race and Neighborhoods in the 21st Century: What does segregation mean today? Speaker: Katherine O’Regan, New York University

Session II: Housing: Assets and Services

Chair: Larry A. Rosenthal, University of California, Berkeley

Investment Returns and Price Discovery in the Market for Owner-Occupied Housing Speaker: Christian Redfearn, University of Southern California

Credible Commitment in Maintenance and Tenancy Rent Control Speaker: Richard Arnott, University of California, Riverside

How Parents Influence the Wealth Accumulation of their Children Speaker: Peter Englund, Stockholm School of Economics

Session III: Urban Development and Finance

Chair: Nils Kok, Maastricht University

The Impact of Land-Use Regulations on Urbanization in Developing Countries: Evidence from Asia and Latin America Speaker: Paavo Monkkonen, University of Hong Kong

Pension Legacy Costs and Local Government Finances Speaker: Tracy Gordon, The Brookings Institution

Controlling the Risk-Taking of Large Financial Institutions via Incentives Speaker: Robert Van Order, George Washington University

Session IV: Retrospect

Chair: Eric A. Hanushek, Stanford University

An Overview of the Contributions of John M. Quigley Speaker: Edward Glaeser, Harvard University

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