Economists, engineers, environmentalists and policymakers from Princeton University and China will meet on April 18 and 19 to discuss environmental challenges facing China.

Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman will open the workshop, which will feature a series of panels on topics ranging from the impact of energy and environmental taxes on China’s economy to the effect of pollution regulations on innovation. The interdisciplinary workshop is titled “China and the Environment: The Challenges Ahead, Solutions and Future Research.”

Co-organizers of the conference are Gregory C. Chow, Professor of Economics Emeritus, Michael Celia, chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and Alexander Smits, chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. They also will serve as moderators of the event, along with Burton Malkiel, Chemical Bank Chairman’s Professor of Economics, and Catherine Peters, professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Chinese institutions represented include the Development Research Center of the State Council, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Renmin University of China, Zheiiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Peking University and Tsinghua University.

Speakers from Princeton University will include James Wei, Department of Chemical Engineering; Smita Brunnermeier and Yuan Xu, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Rene Carmona, Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering; Kelly Caylor, Peter Jaffe, James A. Smith, and Mark Zondlo, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and Emily Carter, Frederick Dryer, Yiguang Ju, and Chung Law, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The workshop is sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Department of Economics, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton-in-Asia, and The Kathryn W. and Shelby Cullom Davis ’30 International Center.

A full agenda can be found at


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