Fall 2007 Course Description

Policy Research Project

Section Title: A Study of Global Transportation Activities: Assessing Fuel Economy, Emission Standards and Related Climate-Change Public Pol
Instructor(s): Leigh Boske
Course: P A 682A - Policy Research Project
Unique Number: 65460
Day & Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.109
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Notes: Taught with D. Eaton

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: This Congressional Research Service-funded research project entails a systematic comparison and assessment of transportation capacities of selected nations in terms of fuel economy, emission standards, and related transport activities that affect climate change. Transportation is one of the main economic sectors worldwide that emit greenhouse gases contributing to global warming. The need for such an analysis is driven by both domestic and international public policy initiatives intended to address concerns over global warming.

The purpose of the PRP is to collect relevant data and conduct analyses on the comparative efficiency of countries in moving people and goods from one place to another. The expectation is that the research project will allow the development of public policies to improve transport efficiency so as to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per unit of transportation.

The research project intends to provide answers for the following questions:



To be useful to the current legislative debate, the analysis will include the top-20 greenhouse gas emitting nations: the United States, China, Russian Federation, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, France, Indonesia, Australia, Ukraine, Iran, South Africa, Spain, and Poland (in descending order of total greenhouse gas emissions in 2000).

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