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ESS Special Seminar - Dr. Dustin Tingley "Credibility and Climate Transitions"

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Please join us for a special seminar presented by Dustin Tingley, Ph.D.  The seminar series will help build the research community in sustainable development and environmental justice in the New School Focused on Climate and Sustainability.


Dustin Tingley, Ph.D.

Professor of Government, Deputy Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Harvard University


Credibility and Climate Transitions


Why has transition assistance, such as local investment, compensation, and retraining, often failed to redress economic and policy costs? Departing from the literature which answers this question from the top down by focusing on supply and targeting, Dr. Tingley argues that a commitment problem structures individual perceptions of economic opportunities and preferences over economic assistance. This “from the ground up” perspective highlights uncertainty over local investment efficacy and policy reversal, which Dr. Tingley theorizes can be reduced through institutional constraints, second-order beliefs, investment design, and costly signals. Dr. Tingley focuses on decarbonization transitions and tests his theory using surveys in the United States of the general population, regions undergoing economic transitions, and highly localized fossil fuel communities. Dr. Tingley finds that transition assistance can be structured to reduce commitment concerns, and that substantial heterogeneity exists in beliefs about the viability and credibility of green jobs thought to be crucial in facilitating economic development and climate transitions. This contributes to our understanding of how governments can better design investments and institutions to reduce credibility concerns, an unresolved challenge at the heart of economic transformations such as decarbonization and globalization.


The seminar will be in-person in Y2E2 300, Monday, April 4 at 12pm. There will not be a hybrid option, but the talk will be recorded for those in the Stanford community who cannot attend in person.