Carbon Pricing in the Real World

Mar 17, 2021, 3:30 pm3:30 pm


  • Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
  • Niskanen Center
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment
Open to the public
Event Description

A recording of this event is available:

Seminar, panel discussion, and student engagement session

Hosted by Jesse Jenkins and moderated by Robert O. Keohane

Learn more and register from the Andlinger Center's website.

Putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions is widely considered a powerful climate policy tool that can harness market forces to drive innovation, the adoption of clean energy technologies, and other actions that reduce planet-warming emissions. But the politics of creating and maintaining carbon pricing policies can constrain implementation of carbon pricing, including direct carbon taxes and systems that cap and gradually reduce emissions and allow regulated entities to trade allowances to emit under that cap.

Danny Cullenward and David Victor, authors of Making Climate Policy Work (Polity Press), will explain the critique of carbon pricing policy and why they found carbon prices to be ineffective nearly everywhere they have been applied. Afterwards, Cullenward and Victor will discuss the topic with carbon pricing proponents Joseph Majkut, director of climate policy at the Niskanen Center and Suzi Kerr, chief economist at the Environmental Defense Fund, who will take a fresh look at the promise and peril of carbon pricing and how we can help inform more effective policy decisions.

This public event is hosted by Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, in partnership with the Niskanen Center and is co-sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund and Princeton University’s Center for Policy Research in Energy and the Environment.