Care about energy efficiency policy and the economics of mandate like what is happening above?  Well then, listening to this discussion and reading the papers of a noted economist asking some unorthodox questions (crazy stuff like, “do such mandates actually work?”) is worth the time:

From the Freakonomics website, as heard on NPR:

Arik Levinson is an environmental economist at Georgetown who spent some time as a senior economist for environmental issues with the Council of Economic Advisors (C.E.A.) under President Obama.  “One of my jobs,” he says, “was helping the White House evaluate the environmental policies coming out of the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency. And I quickly realized that most of the policies that I was seeing involved energy efficiency.”

Click here to hear the story and find links to the academic studies.

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