Session Title: The design and selection of policy: theory and practice
Gal Hochman is a Professor at the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Rutgers University. Dr. Hochman received his Ph.D. in Economics at Columbia University in 2004. While coming out of his Ph.D., he focused on international trade agreements and crony capitalism; the stay at UC Berkeley introduced him to energy and agricultural biotechnology. Hochman’s current work focuses on issues related to development, energy, the environment, technology, and trade in the context of agricultural and natural resources.
Dr. Hochman presented his work in numerous conferences, has more than 50 peered-review publications some in top journals, contributed to numerous book chapters, and is currently the board chair of the Council On Agricultural Food & Resource Economics.
Session Title: The Regulation of Agriculture and the Bioeconomy
David Zilberman has been a professor in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department since 1979 where he holds the Robinson Chair. He is the cofounder and co-director of the BEAHRS Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), and is the director of the Master of Development Practice (MDP). David writes both for professional journals and the general public, and aims to integrate economic theory to real world problems in both developed and developing countries. He is also an extension specialist, and co-editor of ARE Update.
David is a fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. He has published in various fields on the Economics of agriculture, environment, technology and risk, and is most proud of his students and collaborators (we will provide the link to page on personal blog that includes all past students and post docs, we are still working on it). David completed his B.A. in Economics and Statistics from Tel Aviv University in Israel and his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from U.C. Berkeley.
Session Title: Why does Agricultural Water Pollution Policy Depend on Voluntary Actions and State Regulation?
Catherine L. Kling is a Tisch University Professor in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and Faculty Director at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. She is past Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University where she also held the President’s Chair in Environmental Economics and served for 10 years on EPA’s Science Advisory Board.. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2015. Kling has published nearly 100 refereed journal articles and books chapters and has been an investigator on over $15 million in grants and contracts.
She specializes in the economic valuation of ecosystem services, externalities from agricultural production, and integrated assessment modeling for water quality modeling. Kling chairs the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Sciences, serves as editor of the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, and is an elected Fellow of both the Association of Environmental and Resources Economists and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
Session Title: The Companion Role of Regulations and Market-Based Incentives in the Energy and Electricity Sectors
Dallas Burtraw has studied the design of incentive-based approaches to environmental regulation including emissions fees, emissions trading, and performance standards. Burtraw’s current research includes analysis of the distributional and regional influence of climate policy, the evolution of electricity markets including renewable integration, and the interaction of climate policy with electricity markets. He has provided technical support in the design of carbon dioxide emissions trading programs in the Northeast states, California, and the European Union.
He also has studied regulation of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide under the Clean Air Act and conducted integrated assessment of costs, and modeled health and ecosystem effects and valuation, including ecosystem improvement in the Adirondack Park and the southern Appalachian region. Burtraw serves currently as Chair of the California Independent Emissions Market Advisory Committee. Burtraw holds a Ph.D. in economics and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis.