David Popp

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs


David Popp is a Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research, and the Carolyn Rapking Faculty Scholar in Public Administration and Policy. David is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Network Member in the Energy & Climate Economics Research Group of CESifo, and a co-editor for two journals: the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and Environmental and Resource Economics. David's research interests are in environmental policy and the economics of technological change. Much of his research focuses on the links between environmental policy and innovation, with a particular interest in how environmental and energy policies shape the development of new technologies that may be relevant for combating climate change.  His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy, and has been published in a variety of economics and policy journals, including American Economic Review, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Nature Energy, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.  His 2002 publication in the American Economic Review, “Induced Innovation and Energy Prices,” was one of two articles selected for the 2017 Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Publication of Enduring Quality Award. Professor Popp has served on the U.S. General Accounting Office Expert Panel on Climate Change Economics, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis, and the Advisory Committee of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, and has consulted for the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development and the World Bank. David received his B.A. in political economy from Williams College in 1992, and Ph.D. in economics from Yale University in 1997.

Select Publications

“From Science to Technology: The Value of Knowledge From Different Energy Research Institutions.” David Popp. Research Policy, November 2017, 46(9), 1580-1594.

“Economic Analysis of Scientific Publications and Implications for Energy Research and Development." David Popp, Nature Energy, Vol. 1, No. 4 (2016), pp. 1–8.

“The Learning Process and Technological Change in Wind Power: Evidence from China’s CDM Wind Projects." Tian Tang and David Popp, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 35, No. 1 (Winter 2016), pp. 195-222.

“Necessity as the Mother of Invention: Innovative Responses to Natural Disasters." Qing Miao and David Popp, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Vol. 68, No. 2 (September 2014), pp. 280-295.

“Renewable Energy Policies and Technological Innovation: Evidence Based on Patent Counts." Nick Johnstone, Ivan Haščič, and David Popp, Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol. 45, No. 1 (2010), pp. 133–155.

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Research Grants and Awards

“Program on Integrated Assessment Inter-Model Development, Testing, and Diagnostics,” US Department of Energy. August 2013-July 2016.

“Using Scientific Publications to Evaluate Government R&D Spending: The Case of Energy,” National Science Foundation grant.June 2011-May 2014.

“Integrated Assessment Model Development, Comparison, and Diagnostics Project,” US Department of Energy. September 2010-August 2013.

“DRU:  An Improved Model of Endogenous Technical Change Considering Uncertain R&D Returns and Uncertain Climate Response,” National Science Foundation grant. September 2008-August 2011.

“Knowledge Spillovers and the Opportunity Cost of Climate Mitigation R&D,” US Department of Energy grant. September 2004-August 2007.