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Published on May 7, 2012
Billy Pizer is an associate professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and faculty fellow at the Nicholas Institute of Environmental Policy Solutions, both at Duke University. He specializes in environmental economics and policy, particularly related to the problem of global climate change. After graduating from NCSSM in 1986, Pizer received his bachelor's degree in physics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He subsequently received both his master's and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Harvard University in 1996. From there, Pizer worked for twelve years at Resources for the Future, eventually serving as Senior Fellow and Research Director. During that time he took a leave to serve as a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 2001-2002 and, after leaving RFF, served from 2008-2011 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy for the U.S. Department of Treasury. His involvement at the Treasury led to a new office responsible for managing the department's role in the domestic and international environment and energy agenda of the United States. His research at RFF and now at Duke focuses on global climate change and how policies can be designed to be both cost-effective and responsive to the needs of different stakeholders. He served as a lead author on the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
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