Professional Development Seminar: Tracking the environmental footprint of firms in industrialising countries


From: Thursday November 30, 2017, 12:30 pm

To: Thursday November 30, 2017, 1:30 pm

Tracking the environmental footprint of firms in industrialising countries

Data on air quality and firm-specific emissions is rare in many industrialising countries. In this talk, I describe how traditional accounting data can be used to estimate the impact of policies on emissions at the firm-level, and how satellite data can be to supplement traditional readings from ground-level monitors. I give examples from three policy evaluations in India and China.

About the speaker

Leslie Martin is a lecturer (assistant professor) in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne. Her primary fields are environmental economics and energy economics, with secondary fields are industrial organisation and international development. Dr Martin's research currently focuses on (1) consumer responses to the availability of smart meter data in markets with retail competition and (2) interactions between regulation, firms, and environmental outcomes in industrialising countries. She has also conducted a recent evaluation of driver responses to road use charges. Dr. Martin has a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in applied math from MIT. She spent several years as a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, studying the impact of climate change-related disasters on developing countries, and as a consultant for the World Bank in Bolivia working on productivity and competitiveness, pension reform, and hydrocarbon taxes


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