Registration: Environmental Policy Competition 2019
The Columbia Economics Review invites individuals or small teams of 1-4 undergraduates to participate in its fifth annual Competitive Climate environmental policy competition. Cash prizes of $600, $300 and $150 will be awarded to the 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd- place finishers respectively, thanks to the generous support of the Columbia Economics Department. The winning presentations will also be featured in our Spring 2019 edition of the Columbia Economics Review and on the Columbia Economics Department website.

Here is a synopsis of the prompt, please see the following link for all of the requirements for this competition: http://columbiaeconreview.com/epc/

On September 10, 2018, the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, argued in his remarks on climate change that “not only would a shift to renewable energy save money, it would also create new jobs, waste less water, boost food production and clean the polluted air.”

—Is Guterres right? Looking at current economic policies and data, determine whether changing to renewable energy — in whatever capacity you choose to focus on — would be beneficial or detrimental to an economy. Focus on one or more of the effects mentioned by Guterres and/or any effects of your choice in any country/region. In your analysis, address the economic feasibility of switching to renewable energy and whether it would be worth it in the scenarios you analyze in your project.

This prompt is intentionally open-ended. You may choose to focus on reforms in a specific industry or multiple industries, you may propose new legislation or address the economic feasibility of current legislation. You can take any approach to this prompt that you choose. Most importantly, we want you to address whether you believe Guterres’ statement is correct, and whether or not shifting to renewable energy sources is an economically sound decision in the context you choose to analyze.

Registration deadline: December 31st, 2018

Project due date: March 12th, 2019

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