Michael Greenstone

3M Professor of Environmental Economics


Realizing your true (solar) potential

Realizing your true (solar) potential

Mapping website tells building owners if going solar is worth the cost of installation.

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Michael Greenstone


  • Economic impacts of climate change;
  • Costs of environmental regulations;
  • Valuation of clean air;
  • Health impacts of air pollution.

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June 10, 2014
New approach to emissions auditing: More honest reports, lower emissions
In a field experiment in India, independent auditors gave more accurate reports on pollution than did auditors hired by firms—and emissions dropped.

April 25, 2014
Calculating the costs of pollution
Michael Greenstone and Harvard colleagues write in the LA Times about the importance of strong science in informing policy.

April 17, 2014
Improving the Pollution-Mortality Link
Harvard, MIT researchers show the need for an improved approach to measuring pollution’s effects on human health.

April 17, 2014
3 Questions: Michael Greenstone on the experimental method in environmental economics
MIT economist makes the case for new quasi-experiments as a way of studying environmental issues.

December 13, 2013
See Red Flags, Hear Red Flags
MIT’s Michael Greenstone writes in the New York Times about fixing the auditing system to reduce pollution.

December 13, 2013
The Most Important Economic Stories of 2013—in 44 Graphs
via The Atlantic
MIT’s Michael Greenstone makes the list for his study on the impacts of China’s air pollution.

October 9, 2013
An experiment puts auditing under scrutiny
Unique study reduces pollution in India while calling conventional auditing markets into question.

July 8, 2013
New quasi-experimental research finds major impact of coal emissions on health.
Data from China show that large amounts of coal emissions shorten lives.

June 26, 2013
Eliminating Unnecessary and Costly Red Tape Through Smarter Regulations
Statement of Michael Greenstone presented to the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee
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June 18, 2013
MIT and UC Berkeley launch energy-efficiency research project
The E2e Project aims to give decision-makers real-world evidence on the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy and emissions.

June 18, 2013
Saving energy is great. But how much is actually possible?
via The Washington Post

June 12, 2013
Obama Quietly Raises 'Carbon Price' as Costs to Climate Increase
via Bloomberg

May 3, 2013
Oil and gas drillers make technological leaps, while renewable energy industry struggles
via The Associated Press

January 30, 2013
Changing with the climate
MIT researchers, Massachusetts officials highlight strategies to adapt to climate change

January 23, 2013
Panel discussion: Massachusetts Confronts Climate Change: Action at the Intersection of Science, Technology, and Policy

November 16, 2011
Improving Regulatory Performance: Lessons from the United Kingdom
Statement of Michael Greenstone presented to the Senate Budget Committee Task Force on Government Performance.

February 10, 2010
A silver lining to the Copenhagen cloud?
Though widely seen as a failure, December’s climate conference may actually have set the world on the right path, panelists suggest