Our working paper series aims to broaden the public availability of the research undertaken by the School's faculty by presenting work suitable for submission to a refereed journal or to the editor of a book. Our intention is to provide a way for our colleagues to receive early copies of research that is beginning the journey to publication. We shall be grateful if the papers are referenced in the usual way and the author's copyright is observed. Readers are advised that these are 'pre-publication' versions and are subject to revisions in the refereeing process.

Recent Submissions

  • Understanding Attitudes toward Energy Security: Results of a Cross-National Survey 

    Knox-Hayes, Janelle; Brown, Marilyn A.; Sovacool, Benjamin K.; Wang, Yu (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-01)
    Energy security is embedded in a complex system encompassing factors that constitute the social environment in which individuals are immersed. Everything from education, to access to resources to policy and cultural values ...
  • Making Buildings Part of the Climate Solution by Enforcing Aggressive Commercial Building Codes 

    Sun, Xiaojing; Brown, Marilyn A.; Jackson, Roderick; Cox, Matthew (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-09)
    This paper examines the impact of an aggressive commercial building codes policy in the United States. The policy would require both new construction and existing buildings that undergo major modifications to comply with ...
  • Making Buildings Part of the Climate Solution with Flexible Innovative Financing 

    Deitchman, Benjamin; Brown, Marilyn A.; Wang, Yu (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-12)
    Lack of attractive financing remains one of the most significant barriers to energy-efficiency improvements in commercial buildings. This paper examines a flexible financing policy that would support state and local ...
  • Making Buildings Part of the Climate Solution by Overcoming Information Gaps through Benchmarking 

    Cox, Matthew; Brown, Marilyn A.; Sun, Xiaojing (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-09)
    This paper focuses on the impact of benchmarking the energy performance of U.S. commercial buildings by requiring utilities to submit energy data to a uniform database accessible to building owners and tenants. Understanding ...
  • Smart-Grid Policies: An International Review 

    Brown, Marilyn A.; Zhou, Shan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-08)
    The electric power systems of many industrialized nations are challenged by the need to accommodate distributed renewable generation, increasing demands of a digital society, growing threats to infrastructure security, and ...
  • Making Buildings Part of the Climate Solution by Pricing Carbon Efficiently 

    Brown, Marilyn A.; Cox, Matthew; Sun, Xiaojing (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-07)
    This report examines the impact of instituting an economy-wide tax on CO₂ emissions in the United States, focusing especially on the changes such a tax would have on the energy and carbon profile of the commercial buildings ...
  • Reviving Manufacturing with a Federal Cogeneration Policy 

    Brown, Marilyn A.; Cox, Matthew; Baer, Paul (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-10)
    Improving the energy economics of manufacturing is essential to revitalizing the industrial base of advanced economies. This paper evaluates a federal policy option aimed at promoting industrial cogeneration – the production ...
  • Evaluating the Risks of Alternative Energy Policies: A Case Study of Industrial Energy 

    Brown, Marilyn A.; Baer, Paul; Cox, Matthew; Kim, Yeong Jae (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-01)
    Numerous studies have shown the potential for U.S. manufacturing to cut its energy costs by installing more efficient equipment that offer competitive payback periods, but the realization of this potential is hindered by ...
  • Which Type of Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant? The Effectiveness of Information Disclosure Programs 

    Matisoff, Daniel C. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-04)
    This study assesses the effectiveness of two information disclosure programs – the success of state-based mandatory carbon reporting programs and the voluntary Carbon Disclosure Project, which uses investor pressure to ...
  • Privatizing Climate Change Policy: is there a public benefit? 

    Matisoff, Daniel C. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-04)
    The Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) are two private voluntary initiatives aimed at reducing carbon emissions and improving carbon management by firms. I sample power plants from firms ...
  • Energy Security Dimensions and Trends in Industrialized Countries 

    Brown, Marilyn A.; Sovacool, Benjamin K.; Wang, Yu; D‘Agostino, Anthony Louis (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-06)
    This article represents one of the first scholarly efforts to correlate actual energy policy and practice with expert views of the multidimensional concept of energy security. Based on the energy security performance of ...
  • Health impacts from electromagnetic field exposure 

    Kostoff, Ronald N. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-05)
    This study overviews electromagnetic field (EMF) health impacts based on highly cited biomedical articles. It identifies health impacts resulting from exposure to EMF. A comprehensive query retrieved much of the relevant ...
  • Organizational paths of commercializing patented inventions: The effects of transaction costs, firm capabilities, and collaborative ties 

    Jung, Taehyun; Walsh, John P. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-04)
    This study examines the factors affecting modes of commercializing patented inventions using a novel dataset based on a survey of U.S. inventors. We find that technological uncertainty and possessing complementary assets ...
  • Myths and Facts about Clean Electricity in the U.S. South 

    Brown, Marilyn A.; Gumerman, Etan; Sun, Xiaojing; Kim, Gyungwon; Sercy, Kenneth (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-09)
    This paper identifies six myths about clean electricity in the southern U.S. These myths are either propagated by the public at-large, shared within the environmental advocacy culture, or spread imperceptibly between ...
  • An Emerging Geography of Intangible Assets: Financialization in Carbon Emissions Credit and Intellectual Property Markets 

    Clark, Jennifer; Knox-Hayes, Janelle (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011)
    In this article we investigate how two cases of ‘intangible assets,’ carbon emissions credits and intellectual property, shift the balance of economic activity between and across regions. Carbon emissions credits and ...
  • Renewable energy in the South: a policy brief 

    Brown, Marilyn A.; Gumerman, Etan; Baek, Youngsun; Morris, Cullen; Wang, Yu (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-07)
    This working paper assesses the economic potential of renewable electricity generation in the South under alternative policy scenarios. Using a customized version of the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS), we examine ...
  • The Forest Products Industry at an Energy/Climate Crossroads 

    Brown, Marilyn A.; Baek, Youngsun (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-06)
    Transformational energy and climate policies are being debated worldwide that could have significant impact upon the future of the forest products industry. Because woody biomass can produce alternative transportation ...
  • Are the geographies of innovation and production converging or diverging? An assessment of high tech employment in regional economies in the US 

    Clark, Jennifer (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-05)
    To understand the processes of growth and change within regional economies researchers periodically engage in the evaluation and categorization of those regions. The resulting typologies serve to shape perceptions regarding ...
  • Leopold, Hadley, and Darwin: Darwinian Epistemology, Truth and Right 

    Norton, Bryan G. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-04)
    It has been argued in this journal (Callicott, et.al., 2009) that the evidence advanced that Aldo Leopold was influenced by American Pragmatism is "imaginary," and that apparent textual evidence that Leopold learned key ...
  • Estimates of the Cost of New Electricity Generation in the South 

    Borin, Seth; Levin, Todd; Thomas, Valerie M. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-03-26)
    Future demand for electricity can be met with a range of technologies, with fuels including coal, nuclear, natural gas, biomass and other renewables, as well as with energy efficiency and demand management approaches. ...

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