Call for Papers
1st Annual NBER Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy Conference May 16, 2019
Organizers: Matthew Kotchen, James Stock, and Catherine Wolfram

We are pleased to announce the creation of a new NBER initiative, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, that seeks to foster applied research in environmental and energy economics that is especially policy relevant. The initiative will commission six papers each year for presentation at an annual conference in Washington, D.C. The audience will include the professional staffs of government agencies, research institutions, and NGOs focused on energy and environmental policy. The contributed papers will be published in an annual volume titled Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy. (The initiative is modeled after the other NBER conferences and publications for Tax Policy and the Economy and Innovation Policy and the Economy.)

We are now accepting papers and proposals for papers for the inaugural meeting. Papers should be relevant to current policy debates and accessible to a professional audience, yet following standard NBER protocol, they should avoid making policy recommendations. While standalone projects are specifically encouraged, we also welcome spinoff projects where authors intend to later submit a more extensive and technical version to a journal, or may have already done so. While no paper should be a duplicate of another paper, alternate versions that put results into a more general, policy relevant context and summarize them in more accessible language are encouraged. This is a great opportunity to communicate research to the policy community.

Submissions should be either complete papers or 2-page abstracts outlining the intended contribution. Submissions are due by October 14, 2018, and can be uploaded at:

Submissions from researchers who are not affiliated with the NBER, and from researchers who are from groups that have been historically under-represented in the economics profession, are welcome. The authors of each paper will share a $10,000 honorarium.

Decisions about accepted papers will be made by mid-November. Complete drafts of papers will be due in April 2019, and the conference will take place on May 16, 2019 at the National Press Club.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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