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13th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation

University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law at Allard Hall

September 20-22, 2012

13th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation
Keynote Speaker: Jack Knetsch, Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University
Few papers are as widely known and enduring as the 1990 paper by Daniel Kahneman, Jack Knetsch, and Richard Thaler, Experimental Tests of the Endowment Effect and the Coase Theorem. More than two decades after its publication in the Journal of Political Economy, it remains a centerpiece for discussion, and still recognized as one of the foundational works in the burgeoning field of "behavioural economics," or the psychology of law and economics.
Jack Knetsch, professor emeritus of Simon Fraser University and co-author of the article, continues to be a pioneer in the field of behavioural economics and various applied fields such as environmental economics and policy analysis - work that has led to his being on most lists of the most-cited economists. He obtained his PhD in Economics and his M.P.A. from Harvard University, and has held appointments at Resource for the Future, George Washington University, and Simon Fraser University. He has also held visiting appointments at Oxford University, the University of Cambridge, University of Toronto, Erasmus University and National University of Singapore. He currently holds a visiting appointment at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. In addition to the Journal of Political Economy, Professor Knetsch's work has appeared in the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Land Economics, and the University of Toronto Law Journal. Professor Knetsch 's wide international experiences include assignments in Argentina, Thailand, Lebanon, and Italy under the United Nations Environment and Development Programme, and an assignment at Papua New Guinea with the Institute of National Affairs concerning land reform. Professor Knetsch was also a senior staff member at the US Council on Environmental Quality under President Richard Nixon.
Friday Night Comedy Performance: Yoram Bauman - The Standup Economist
Please join fellow conference delegates and Comedian and Professor Yoram Bauman on Friday night at Sage Bistro.
Yoram Bauman, “the world’s first and only stand-up economist”, performs regularly at colleges, companies, and comedy clubs. He has appeared in TIME Magazine and on PBS and NPR, and is the co-author of the two-volume Cartoon Introduction to Economics, which is now available in Chinese, German, Italian, etc. Speaking of foreign languages, he is also the organizer of the humor session at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association.

Yoram lives in Seattle, where he founded Non-Profit Comedy, a series of benefit shows that raised almost $100,000 for local non-profits. He has a BA in mathematics from Reed College, a PhD in economics from the University of Washington, and spends his non-comedy hours campaigning for environmental tax reform. In 2011 he spent 5 months in Beijing as a visiting scholar at the University of International Business and Economics.

Yoram’s goals in life are to spread joy to the world through economics comedy; to reform economics education; and to implement carbon pricing. His website is www.standupeconomist.com.

Special Plenary Paper Prize - Eileen Hlavka

The 13th GCET organizing committee is pleased to announce that Eileen Hlavka of the RAND Corporation/Pardee RAND Graduate School is the winner of the Special Plenary Paper prize. Eileen's paper is titled Federal Tax Credit Impacts on Wind and Solar Innovation. Congratulations, Eileen! Joining Eileen on the panel are Stephanie Melnychuk, UBC Law, Prediction Markets for Climate Technologies and Soocheol Lee, Meijo University, A Model-Based Econometric Assessment of Japanese Environmental Tax Reform.
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