Talk Abstract:
While energy sector development is rightly seen as key to broader economic development and poverty reduction, empirical evidence on some important aspects of the energy-development nexus remains surprisingly thin.  After presenting the contours of the energy and development topic broadly, the presentation will review what we know about the connections, conceptually and empirically, and what we need to better understand.  Topics addressed will include: the economic value of increased electricity availability and reliability; barriers to widespread adoption of modern cooking energy sources; links between energy poverty and security; and the political economy of the energy sector in developing countries.

Brief Bio:
Morgan Bazilian
 is Lead Energy Specialist at the World Bank. He has over two decades of experience in the energy sector – and is regarded as a leading expert in international policy. Dr. Bazilian is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Energy, is Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, and a Research Associate at Cambridge. Previously he was a Deputy Director at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He was also the European Union’s lead negotiator on low-carbon technology at the international UNFCCC climate negotiations.

Michael Toman is Lead Economist on Climate Change in the Development Research Group and Manager of the Energy and Environment Team. During his career Mike has done extensive research on climate change economics and policy, energy markets and policy, environmental policy instruments, and approaches to achieving sustainable development. Previously he held senior analytical and management positions at RAND Corporation, Inter-American Development Bank, and Resources for the Future.  His teaching experience includes adjunct positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the School of the Environment, University of California at Santa Barbara.  He has a B.A. from Indiana University, a M.Sc. in applied mathematics from Brown University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Rochester.

Date and Time: 
Monday, January 4, 2016 - 4:30pm
NVIDIA auditorium, Huang Engineering
Event Sponsor(s): 
Precourt Institute for Energy
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