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Michael Toman

Research Manager
MICHAEL TOMAN (MIKE) is Lead Economist on Climate Change in the Development Research Group and Manager of the Energy and Environment Team.  His current research interests include alternative energy resources, policies for responding to risks of climate change catastrophes, timing of investments for greenhouse gas reduction, and mechanisms for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions through reduced deforestation.  During his career Mike has done extensive research on climate change economics and policy, energy markets and policy, environmental policy instruments, and approaches to achieving sustainable development.  Prior to joining the World Bank in fall 2008, he held senior analytical and management positions at RAND Corporation, Inter-American Development Bank, and Resources for the Future.  His teaching experience includes adjunct positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the School of the Environment, University of California at Santa Barbara.  Mike has a B.A. from Indiana University, a M.Sc. in applied mathematics from Brown University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Rochester. 

World Bank working papers and publications

1 .The need for multiple types of information to inform climate change assessment
2 .Climate change, industrial transformation, and "development traps"
3 .Factors influencing energy intensity in four Chinese industries
4 .Technological learning, energy efficiency, and CO2 emissions in China's energy intensive industries
5 ."Green Growth :" an exploratory review
6 ."green stimulus," economic recovery, and long-term sustainable development
7 .Contrasting future paths for an evolving global climate regime
8 .Responding to threats of climate change mega-catastrophes




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