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December 13th, 2010

Nolan and Thurber identify risk as a major driver of whether countries use private or state-owned oil companies

In a new working paper, PESD affiliate Peter A. Nolan and associate director Mark Thurber find that considerations of risk help explain why oil-rich states may choose international oil companies rather than state-controlled enterprises to find and extract oil in "frontier" territories. +PDF+
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December 3rd, 2010

New PESD research examines China's efforts to remake its coal and power sectors

PESD's new research analyzes China's coal-power base reforms and how they will impact Chinese and global coal markets. Read more »



September 30th, 2010

New PESD Working Paper details challenges of designing carbon offsets for the transportation sector

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Programs to enlist developing countries in climate change mitigation by granting credits for carbon emissions reductions across entire sectors like transportation are quite appealing in principle. However, as researcher Adam Millard-Ball shows in PESD Working Paper #97, "Adverse Selection in an Opt-In Emissions Trading Program: The Case of Sectoral Crediting for Transportation," any practical implementation of such schemes would entail thorny trade offs between economic efficiency, environmental effectiveness, and political acceptability. Read more »



September 10th, 2010

PESD releases study of Nigeria's national oil company NNPC

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Nigeria's national oil company NNPC is at the center of a profoundly dysfunctional oil sector in a country that some argue embodies the "resource curse." In a new study, PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber and PESD affiliated researchers Ify Emelife and Patrick Heller find that NNPC's persistent underperformance stems from its role as the linchpin of a sophisticated and durable system of patronage. Read more »



August 5th, 2010

New PESD Working Paper explains China's dramatic surge in coal imports and its major impact on global coal markets

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PESD researchers Morse and He devise a model that explains Chinese coal import patterns and that can allow the coal market to understand, and to some degree predict, China's coal import behavior in PESD Working Paper #94 - "The World's Greatest Coal Arbitrage: China's Coal Import Behavior and Implications for the Global Coal Market."




July 23rd, 2010

Morse quoted and PESD Working Paper featured in ClimateWire and The New York Times

in the news: ClimateWire, The New York Times on July 21, 2010

PESD researcher Richard Morse was interviewed and quoted on his views about China's deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies as China increase their CCS efforts with U.S. +HTML+ +PDF+
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July 21st, 2010

PESD releases Dr. Bart Lucarelli's cutting edge analysis of one of the world's fastest growing and most important coal markets

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In PESD's Working Paper #93 - The History and Future of Indonesia's Coal Industry: Impact of Politics and Regulatory Framework on Industry Structure and Performance, Dr. Lucarelli tells the story of how Indonesia created this world-scale industry over two decades despite challenges created by widespread government corruption, a weak legal system, the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997, and the fall of the Soeharto government in 1998. Read more »




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