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IEc's broad skills in assessing the benefits, costs, and economic impacts of air pollution policies extends to policies targeted at mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to our cutting-edge work on benefits of mitigation policies, IEc has a clear understanding of the implications of climate policies on economic growth, household incomes, and employment. For example:

  • Jointly with the research organization Resources for the Future, IEc evaluated the incidence of mitigation costs on low- and middle-income households, and prepared an accessible white paper on the best policy alternatives to achieve U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) economic equity goals.
  • IEc coordinated the peer review of EPA's use of two computable general equilibrium models of the U.S. economy to evaluate climate policy, recruiting a panel of the nation's top experts in the fields of energy and climate economics.
  • IEc is currently working with a major U.S. foundation to model the employment effects of climate policies in the utility sector, assessing direct effects on job creation, indirect effects of changes in economic growth on employment, and the effects of these policies on health and, by extension, labor productivity.

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Several of IEc's adaptation projects, such as those in the agriculture sector, also involve estimating reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.