Project Report:
Engagement, Research, and Outreach related to Carbon Pricing and Associated Policies
- Investigates the causes of economic imbalances.
- Investigates causes tending to destroy or impair the free-market system.
- Explores and develops market-based solutions.


Engage in activities and analysis related to carbon pricing policies domestically and internationally.
This project is part of the Brookings Climate and Energy Economics Project and builds on earlier work supported by the Alex C. Walker Foundation. This grant will support work on analyzing carbon pricing policies including research that investigates the design of carbon pricing policies and helping to inform ways to address adverse outcomes of climate polices on vulnerable populations. This specific grant will support engagement, new research and analysis on carbon pricing (especially via a carbon tax) at the state, federal, and international levels, with a focus on pursuing the most timely and useful work as policy developments unfold. The grant can also support opportune work on policies to address particular issues that arise in pricing carbon, such as measures to address competitiveness concerns and ease economic transitions for coal workers and their communities.


Our project will directly serve these objectives by engaging in research, analysis, and outreach related to the design and implementation of carbon taxes and other carbon pricing policies in individual states, by the U.S. federal government, and in other countries. It will also explore ways relieve the economic dislocation that results from declines in coal production in the United States. Our work will offer recommendations to guide policymakers on how to move forward with carbon pricing while meeting other goals. We will communicate with policymakers, stakeholders, and the public through our policy briefs, as well as through meetings, presentations, and related research and scholarly publications.


The research this grant will support will contribute to a series of policy briefs, outreach, and events that are offering insights into the economic effects and environmental potential for a carbon tax in the U.S. and elsewhere. The work is investigating how to link the introduction of a carbon tax with other tax reforms, how to use the revenues to benefit those burdened by a price on carbon, and how to promote international cooperation on carbon pricing. In addition, the initiative has produced new analysis of the regressivity and other distributional effects of greenhouse gas charges, including by region and income class, and specific proposals to address the myriad tradeoffs in designing the policy. Some of the work is synthesizing existing literature, and some work involves new analysis.

Amount Approved
$50,000.00 on 10/16/2017 (Check sent: 10/27/2017)

Adele Morris at the Peter G. Peterson Fiscal Summit 2018 -- Carbon Tax: Potential for a New Fiscal Solution

Adele Morris at the Peter G. Peterson Fiscal Summit 2018 -- Carbon Tax: Potential for a New Fiscal Solution

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