This image is having trouble loading!FSI researchers examine the role of energy sources from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) investigates how the production and consumption of energy affect human welfare and environmental quality. Professors assess natural gas and coal markets, as well as the smart energy grid and how to create effective climate policy in an imperfect world. This includes how state-owned enterprises – like oil companies – affect energy markets around the world. Regulatory barriers are examined for understanding obstacles to lowering carbon in energy services. Realistic cap and trade policies in California are studied, as is the creation of a giant coal market in China.

Recent Scholarly Publications

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The Politics of Energy and Climate Change in Japan under Abe: Abenergynomics

August 2018

Under what we call Abenergynomics, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō has used energy policy to support the growth objectives of Abenomics, even when the associated policies are publicly unpopular,...

Energy Efficiency in the Japanese Transport Sector

December 2013

Phillip Y. Lipscy and Lee Schipper examine energy efficiency in the Japanese transportation sector since the 1970s.

The Fukushima Disaster and Japan's Nuclear Plant Vulnerability in Comparative Perspective

May 2013

We consider the vulnerability of nuclear power plants to a disaster like the one that occurred at Fukushima Daiichi.

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and the DPJ: Leadership, Structures, and Information Challenges During the Crisis

April 2013

The Fukushima nuclear disaster was a critical juncture in the world’s relationship with nuclear energy, as well as Japan’s postwar political economy, society, and national psyche.

A comparative institutional analysis of the Fukushima nuclear disaster: Lessons and policy implications

February 2013

This paper analyzes the causes, responses, and consequences of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident (March 2011) by comparing these with Three Mile Island (March 1979) and Chernobyl (April...

A Casualty of Political Transformation? The Politics of Energy Efficiency in the Japanese Transportation Sector

September 2012

The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) came to power in 2009 promising significant transportation sector reform, but it has struggled to implement its proposals. Phillip Y.

Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Narrative, Analysis, and Recommendations

June 2012

This report provides one of the first coherent, readable narratives of the Fukushima nuclear disaster—what happened in the first few days.

Development of Groundwater Markets in China: A Glimpse into Progress to Date

December 2008

The overall goal of the paper is to better understand the development of groundwater markets in northern China.

Hard Choices: Security, Democracy, and Regionalism in Southeast Asia

November 2008

Hard Choices offers a most rewarding perspective on how Southeast Asian states straddle the ongoing tensions among three rarely compatible goals—security, democracy, and regionalism.

Strategic Abandonment: Alliance Relations in Northeast Asia in the Post-Iraq Era

February 2008

This chapter is part of a yearly publication that compiles the edited and revised versions of papers presented at the Korea Economic Institute's (KEI) most recent Academic Symposium.

When Will the Chinese People Be Free?

July 2007

Little more than a decade ago, Rowen's answer to the question posed by this essay's title was the year 2015.

Project Timeline: Program for the Study of Biofuels, Poverty and Food Security

February 2007

A concept note about setting up an international program for studying the effects of the emergence of biofuels on global poverty and food security.  The recent global expansion of biofuels...

Management Reform and the Choice of Contractual Form in China

February 2007

This paper explains the puzzling fact that in organizing the management of surface water, village leaders have provided incentives to canal managers in some areas, but not in all.

Water User Associations and the Evolution and Determinants of Management Reform: A Representative Look at Northern China

February 2007

In this paper we are pursuing the following objectives: document the existing water management institutional forms throughout China, their evolution over time and across provinces; describe the...

Irrigation Water Pricing Policy in China

February 2007

As water becomes scarcer in northern China, designing policies that can induce water users to save water has become one of the most important tasks facing China's leader.

Water price policy analysis in China: an experimental approach

January 2007

Water scarcity is one of the key problems that affect northern China, an area that covers 40 percent of the nation's cultivated area and houses almost half of the population.

The Role of Agriculture in China's Development: Past Failures, Present Successes and Future Challenges

January 2007

In a book assessing the development of China during the People's Republic era, it is of interest to know how well agriculture has performed and the role that it has played in the development...

Elections, Fiscal Reform and Public Goods Provision in Rural China

December 2006

Public services provision in the developing world, including China, is crucial for rural development and poverty reduction.

Development of Groundwater Markets in China: A Glimpse into Progress

November 2006

The overall goal of the paper is to better understand the development of groundwater markets in northern China.

The Development, Challenges and Management of Ground Water in Rural China

September 2006

The history of groundwater in China is one of extremes, or apparent extremes.

China's Rural Public Finance: The Village Perspective - Annex 8

January 2006

In this paper we set out to accomplish three objectives. First, we wanted to track and describe the way the fiscal reforms have been implemented in China's townships.

Reorganizing the Power Distribution Sector in India

July 2004

This paper presents the central issues for electricity-sector reform in India, as they grew out of the reform process that began in 1991, and within the context of the sector's organization,...

Power Sector Reforms in India: Issues Relating to Agriculture

March 2004

Excerpt: Q (T L Sankar): Why do utilities charge different rates to different consumers?

Japan: Tilting Closer to Washington

December 2003

During the past year, Japan's security policy was shaped decisively by the emergence of a more palpable threat from North Korea.