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Subject:November 2001 e-newsletter
Date:Mon, 5 Nov 2001 11:35:52 -0800 (PST)

Dear Ken :

I'm pleased to send you the inaugural issue of RFF Developments, an
e-newsletter designed to keep you informed of current activities at
Resources for the Future (RFF). Since we've communicated via e-mail in the
past, I've taken the liberty of including you on this listserv. However, I
understand how e-mail can become overwhelming -- if you'd like to be
removed from the list, please let Karin Warner know simply by replying to
warner@rff.org. Thanks for your continued interest in and support of RFF. I
hope you'll find RFF Developments useful and choose to receive future
Lesli Creedon
Director of Development

November 2001 e-Newsletter
RFF is quickly approaching its 50th Anniversary year! The year ahead (and
beyond) will be filled with much activity. Periodically, we will send you
information about RFF -- including announcements of upcoming events,
newly-released publications and reports, along with RFF news and updates on
the 50th Anniversary Symposium and Gala -- and links to RFF web pages.
Please note that this newsletter does not replace our quarterly magazine
"Resources," but instead provides more frequent updates.

We hope this newsletter will serve your needs and keep you informed of
developments at RFF. We invite you to provide feedback as to whether the
information included in the newsletter is beneficial and whether you wish
to continue to receive this newsletter in the future (reply to

In this newsletter:
1) RFF Events & Seminars: Seminars (Energy Consumption, Air Pollution,
Carbon Offsets)
2) RFF News
3) RFF New Publications: "Fulfilling the Promise on Global Hunger" and
"Improving Regulation: Cases in Environment, Health and Safety"
4) RFF 50th Anniversary News: Countdown to the Gala: 351 Days!

RFF Events
Please mark your calendars for the following...

Tuesday, December 11th
Workshop on The Distributional Impacts of Greenhouse Gas Control Policies
This technical workshop will focus on the results of new RFF research that
estimates the costs to U.S. households, manufacturing industries and
energy-intensive industrial sectors of various policies to reduce emissions
of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
(At RFF - 1616 P St. Washington, DC, 1st Floor Conference Room)

For more information please contact Susan Doyle at doyle@rff.org or (202)

RFF Seminars
*RFF Seminar Series* - You bring the lunch...
RFF hosts regular lunchtime seminars every Wednesday. Presentations
highlight research that is in-progress or discussions of current and
interesting policy topics. They are offered as an opportunity for the
public and members of the academic, environmental and business communities,
government, and the news media to hear about research under way at RFF and
at other institutions.
Join us on Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Resources for the

1616 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
1st Floor Conference Room


Visit us online at www.rff.org to hear an audio recording of the seminar
(posted within 24 hours). Now Available:
Audio of Oct. 17 Seminar, "The Effect of Allowance Allocation on the Cost
of Carbon Emission Trading" (www.rff.org/seminar/history.htm#oct17)

Audio of Oct. 24 Seminar "Succeeding Kyoto: A No Cap But Trade Approach to
Greenhouse Gas Control" (http://www.rff.org/seminar/history.htm#oct24)

Upcoming Seminars:

Wednesday, November 7th:
Energy Consumption and Consumer Lifestyles
Hadi Dowlatabadi, University of British Columbia; Shui Bin Carnegie Mellon

Wednesday, November 14th:
Energy Technology, Indoor Air Pollution, and Respiratory Infections: Impact
and Intervention Assessment in Kenya
Majid Ezzati, Resources for the Future

Wednesday, November 21st:
No Seminar -Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 28th:
Renting Carbon Offsets: The Question of Permanence
Roger Sedjo, Resources for the Future
2) RFF "In the News"

* RFF Fellow Tom Beierle is scheduled to appear on WAMU Radio's "Public
Interest" with Kojo Nnamdi on Wednesday November 7th. Beierle, whose
research focuses on public participation in decisions about the
environment, will be talking about how the terrorist attacks of September
11th have derailed 'right to know' environmental protection programs on the
Internet. "Public Interest" is heard in 50 NPR stations nationwide. Beierle
will be part of a discussion and listener call-in to air between 1-2pm ET.

* Two new fellows have joined the RFF research team:
Spencer Banzhaf: Ph.D. in economics from Duke University. His areas of
expertise include Air Pollution Policy, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Nonmarket
Valuation, and Public Health. Michael Margolis: Ph. D. in economics from
University of Wyoming. His areas of expertise include Trade and
Environmental Policy, Food Systems and Security, Forests, and Resources

* RFF board member Joseph E. Stiglitz shares this year's Nobel Prize for
Economics for his path-breaking analysis of markets with asymmetrical
information. Congratulations, Joe!

* RFF Senior Fellow Molly K. Macauley was inducted into the International
Academy of Astronautics on September 30, 2001. The Academy recognizes
scholars from around the world who have made unique and significant
contributions to space activities. Molly was recognized for her seminal
research and policy analysis in the field of space economics.

* William Pizer is currently serving as a senior economist on the Council
of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President. Pizer, whose
areas of expertise are climate and the environment, is one of nine senior
staff economists.

* Allen Blackman is spending the next six months on leave from RFF at the
University of California, San Diego's Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies.

* Carl Bauer is taking a year's leave of absence from RFF to reside in
Chile and work on water policy issues in the Southern Cone.
3) RFF New Publications
Fulfilling the Promise on Global Hunger
Religious fanaticism motivated the terror of September 11th, but poverty
and hunger remain the central obstacles to future world security. Over 800
million people remain chronically malnourished. In 1996, the United States
pledged with 185 other countries to halve this number by 2015. A new
research report by RFF's Mike Taylor and Jody Tick documents that this
commitment has not been backed by effective action. There has been no real
budget commitment, no focused leadership, and no accountability for
results. The report calls on President Bush to clearly define U.S.
interests in and objectives for global hunger and vest responsibility and
accountability for results in the Secretary of State and administrator of
the Agency for International Development.
Michael Taylor and Jody Tick | September 2001
For more information go to: http://www.rff.org/reports/2001.htm

Improving Regulation: Cases in Environment, Health and Safety
This new book from RFF Press focuses on challenges to regulatory policy
during a time of rapid technological and societal change. It also examines
the impact of organizational politics, science, technology, and performance
on regulation.
Paul S. Fischbeck and R. Scott Farrow, editors | August 2001
For more information go to: http://www.rff.org/books/index.htm

Discussion Papers:
"RFF and Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology Evaluating the StarLink
Corn Case" StarLink - a type of bioengineered corn that produces its own
pesticide and was approved only for animal feed - was found in the human
food supply just over a year ago, prompting massive recalls of corn-based
products. Resources for the Future, in cooperation with the Pew Initiative
on Food and Biotechnology, is in the process of identifying and analyzing
the regulatory and public policy issues raised by the StarLink episode.
Mike Taylor and Jody Tick | October 2001
For more information go to:

"State-Level Variation in Land-Trust Abundance: Could it Make Economic
Few economic analyses examine land trusts, their decisions, and the
land-trust "industry," despite their growing importance. For example,
statistics on the wide variation in the number of trusts in different
regions of the United States raise questions about whether such variation
makes economic sense. This paper builds a model to identify the optimal
number of private conservation agents. The model depicts two competing
forces: regional spatial externalities in conservation benefits that
increase the efficiency of having fewer agents and organizational costs,
and fund-raising specialization, which increases the efficiency of having
more agents. Using state-level variables, we perform a count-data analysis
of the number of trusts conserving land in each state. We find that the
number of trusts actually observed is consistent with the optimal number of
trusts that is predicted by the model on the basis of the relative
importance of spatial externalities and organizational size in different
Heidi J. Albers and Amy W. Ando | October 2001
For more information go to:

"An Economic Assessment of Space Solar Power as a Source of Electricity for
Space-Based Activities"
We develop a conceptual model of the economic value of space solar power
(SSP) as a source of power to in-space activities, such as spacecraft and
space stations. We offer several estimates of the value based on interviews
and published data, discuss technological innovations that may compete with
or be complementary to SSP, and consider alternative institutional
arrangements for government and the private sector to provide SSP.
Molly K. Macauley and James F. Davis | October 2001
For more information go to:

To find out more about a member of the RFF staff go to:

4) RFF 50th Anniversary News
Celebrate RFF's 50 years of path-breaking research...
Join us for Resources for the Future's 50th Anniversary Symposium and Gala
on October 15, 2002, at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade
Center in Washington, DC.

For more details or ticket information, please contact Susan Johnson Doyle
at doyle@rff.org (ph)202.328.5038 or (fax)202.939.3460
To learn more or register, please visit:

Countdown until the 50th Gala: 344 days!
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