2012 Conference

 
 

Fifth Berkeley Bioeconomy Conference:

Renewable Resources 

U.C. Berkeley Alumni House

March 26–28, 2012

 

 

March 26 

8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Welcome

 

Keith Gilless, University of California at Berkeley

David Zilberman, University of California at Berkeley

  

Sessions Honoring Tony Fisher—A Pioneer of Resource Economics Research

8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Session 1:  Resources and Development

  • Colin Carter, University of California, Davis; Gordon Rausser, University of California at Berkeley; and Aaron Smith, University of California, Davis, “The Effect of Ethanol Production on Corn Prices”
  • Wolfram Schlenker, Columbia University, “The Effect of Ground-level Ozone on US Maize Yields”
  • Shanta Devarajan, World Bank, and Aziz Bouzaher, World Bank, “Mr. Fisher Goes to Africa:  Climate Change as a Development Opportunity”

Break

10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Session 2:  Climate Change

  • Gardner Brown, University of Washington; Wisdom Akpalu, State University of New York-Farmingdale; Gunnar Kohlin, Goteborg University, Sweden; and David Ragozin, University of Washington, “Variable Tree Rotation Times when Leaves are Swept in a World of Global Warming”
  • Karl-Goran Maler, The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, “Accounting Price of Resilience in an Ecosystem”
  • Larry Karp, University of California at Berkeley, “Climate Policy with Endogenous Asset Prices”

Lunch

1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Session 3:  Environmental Economics 

  • Kerry Smith, Arizona State University, “Non-Market General Equilibrium Analysis and Environmental Policy”
  • Urvashi Narain, World Bank, “Mr. Fisher Brings Options to Washington!”
  • Maureen Cropper, University of Maryland, “Air Pollution Control in India:  Getting the Prices Right”

Break

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Session 4:  Resource Economics

  • James Wilen, University of California, Davis, “Optimal Management of Established Bioinvasions”
  • Andrew Schmitz, University of Florida, “The Economics of Biofuel”
  • Heidi J. Albers, Oregon State University, “Managing Species Invasion in a River Network:  A Spatial Bioeconomic Model”
  • Tony Fisher, University of California at Berkeley

6:30 p.m.

Dinner for Conference Speakers

 

7:30 p.m.

Evening Speaker

  • Michael Hanemann, Arizona State University

 

March 27

 

8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Session 1:  Economics of Biofuel

  • Wally Tyner, Purdue University, “Economic and Policy Issues for Second Generation Biofuels”
  • Ujjayant Chakravorty, University of Alberta, “Does the U.S. Biofuel Mandate Increase Poverty in India?”
  • Scott Swinton, Michigan State University, “Abating Environmental Consequences of Cellulosic Biomass Production with Policy and Technology”
  • Karel Janda, University of Economics, Prague, “Relationship Between Food and Fuel Prices”

 

Break

10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Session 2:  Biofuel Policy

  • Harry de Gorter, Cornell University, “The Economics of Biofuel Policies”
  • Jody Endres, University of Illinois, “Sustainability Certification:  A Systems View of Biofuel Policy Challenges”
  • David Laborde, International Food Policy Research Institute, “Global Consequences of EU Policies:  Assessing the Land Use Impacts”
  • Peter Berck, University of California at Berkeley, “Biofuels, Price Increases, and Land Use”

Lunch

  • Keith Gilless, University of California at Berkeley

 

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Session 3:  Biotechnologies

  • Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, University of Missouri, “Economics of Coexistence of GM and Conventional Crops in the Global Agrifood Supply Chain”
  • Pamela Ronald, University of California, Davis, “Tomorrow’s Crops:  Plant Genetics and the Future of Agriculture”
  • Justus Wesseler, Technische Universität München, “The Economics of Coexistence”

 

Break

3:15 p.m. to 4:05 p.m.

Session 4:  Bioeconomy in a Global Context—Biotechnology

  • Tim Dalton, Kansas State University; Carl Pray, Rutgers;and David Zilberman, University of California at Berkeley, “Drought-tolerant Maize In Africa”
  • Marnus Gouse, Johann Kirsten, Colin Thirtle, and Jenifer Piesse, University of Pretoria, South Africa, “Herbicide Tolerant Maize for Smallholder Subsistence Farmers:  The South Africa Experience”

 

4:05 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Session 5:  Bioeconomy in a Global Context—Biofuel 

  • Gal Hochman, Rutgers,and David Zilberman, University of California at Berkeley,“Explaining Fuel Price Differences Among Countries”
  • Christine Lasco Crago, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, “Can India Meet Biofuel Policy Targets?  Implications for Food and Fuel Prices”
  • David Roland-Holst, University of California at Berkeley, “Gathering clouds? Consumer Durable Demand in Emerging Markets and Its Implications for Greenhouse Gas Emissions.”

 

6:30 p.m.

Dinner for Conference Speakers

 

7:30 p.m.

Evening Speaker

  • Chris Somerville, Energy Biosciences Institute; Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, University of California at Berkeley, “Development of Cellulosic Biofuels”

 

MARCH 28

 

8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Session 1:  Alternative Fuel

  • Markus Pauly, Energy Biosciences Institute; Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, University of California at Berkeley, “How Biotechnology Enhances Crop Properties”
  • Bruce Dale, Michigan State University, “Energy and the Wealth of Nations after Peak Oil:  Why Biofuels are Not Optional”
  • Heather Youngs, Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California at Berkeley, “Commercial Deployment of Lignocellulosic and Advanced Biofuels”
  • Caroline Taylor, Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California at Berkeley, “Partnership, Development, and the Integration of Biofuel Technology with the Landscape”

 

Break

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Session 2:  Economics of Fuel

  • Gal Luft, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, “The New Political Landscape for Biofuels”
  • Jenny Liu, Portland State University, and David Zilberman, University of California at Berkeley, “Household and Car Ownership Choices Over Time”
  • Janice Ryan-Bohac, CAREnergy, LLC, “Bridging the Gap for Commercialization of the Energy Tuber as an Advanced Biofuel Feedstock for Corn Ethanol Biorefineries”
  • Joshua Graff Zivin, University of California, San Diego; Matthew J. Kotchen, Yale University; and Erin T. Mansur, Dartmouth College, “Temporal and Spatial Heterogeneity in Marginal Emissions: Implications for Electric Cars and Other Electricity-Shifting Policies”

Lunch

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Session 3:  Regulating Biofuel

  • Deepak Rajagopal, University of California, Los Angeles, “Multi-criteria Comparison of Renewable Fuel Mandates, Emission Standards and Carbon Tax”
  • Jim Bushnell, University of California, Davis, “Consumer Preferences and the Retail Market for E10 Fuel”
  • Cynthia Lin, University of California, Davis, “The Effects of Policy and Strategic Factors on Investment in Fuel-ethanol Plants”
  • Geoffrey Barrows, University of California at Berkeley; Gal Hochman, Rutgers;and David Zilberman,University of California at Berkeley, “Economics of Biorefineries”

 

Break

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Session 4:  Biofuel in a Global Context

  • Avery Cohn, University of California at Berkeley, “Influences of Market Isolation on Agricultural Practices in Frontier Brazil:  Some Preliminary Evidence From a Field Survey”
  • David Zilberman,University of California at Berkeley, and Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “The Economics of Biofuel in Brazil”
  • Govinda Timilsina, World Bank, “Biofuel Within a Global Context:  Revisiting the Food vs. Fuel Debate”
  • Maria Bowman, University of California at Berkeley, “Does Access to Beef Export Markets Drive New Deforestation in Brazil?”