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Michael A. Toman

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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. 

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Note on green growth for Bhutan (English)

Bhutan has recently made significant progress in sustaining economic growth and reducing poverty. Bhutan also has valuable deposits of primary materials including dolomite, lime stone, gypsum, quartzite, stone, and marble, which are useful for fabrication of other materials. ... See More +

Working Paper 90413 JUL 31, 2014

Narain, Urvashi; Toman, Michael; Jiang, Zhiyun; Dawes, Winston; Magrath, William B.; Lokanc, Martin; Mittal, Rohit; Dogra, Pyush; Wang, Shenhua; Pillai, Poonam; Khalil, Abedalrazq; Karki, Pravin

Climate change, industrial transformation, and "development traps" (English)

This paper examines the possibility of environmental "development traps," or "brown poverty traps," caused by interactions between the impacts of climate change and increasing returns in the development of "clean-technology" sectors. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6951 JUN 01, 2014

Golub, Alexander; Toman, Michael

Factors influencing energy intensity in four Chinese industries (English)

Energy intensity has declined significantly in four Chinese industries -- pulp and paper; cement; iron and steel; and aluminum. While previous studies have identified technological change within an industry to be an important influence on energy intensity, few have examined how industry-specific policies and market factors also affect industry-level intensity. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6551 JUL 01, 2013

Toman, Michael; Jefferson, Gary; Hu, Yong; Fisher-Vanden, Karen; Rock, Michael

Technological learning, energy efficiency, and CO2 emissions in China's energy intensive industries (English)

Since the onset of economic reforms in 1978, China has been remarkably successful in reducing the carbon dioxide intensities of gross domestic product and industrial production. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6492 JUN 01, 2013

Cui, Yuanshang; Song, Yun; Toman, Michael; Wang, Yanjia; Jiang, Kejun; Rock, Michael T.

"Green Growth :" an exploratory review (English)

The concept of "Green Growth" is a focus of much interest and considerable debate among decision makers concerned with enhancing both nearer-term economic progress and longer-term environmental sustainability. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6067 MAY 01, 2012

Toman, Michael

South Africa economic update : focus on green growth (English)

The global financial roller coaster, with the Euro zone as its lead car, has hit economic prospects across the globe. The South African economy, with its close links to the world economy, has suffered, too, resulting in weakened growth prospects, lower fiscal revenues, lower and more volatile valuation of the rand, and dampened external financing. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 70859 NOV 01, 2011

Im, Fernando; Mahajan, Sandeep; Denis, Allen; Gillson, Ian; Lange, Glenn-Marie; Leiman, Anthony; Losse-Mueller, Thomas; Ngwenya, Phindile; Hussain, Sarwat; Brahmbhatt, Milan; Toman, Michael

"green stimulus," economic recovery, and long-term sustainable development (English)

This paper discusses short-run and long-run effects of "green stimulus" efforts, and compares these effects with "non-green" fiscal stimuli. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5163 JAN 01, 2010

Strand, Jon; Toman, Michael

Contrasting future paths for an evolving global climate regime (English)

This paper explores two different conceptions of how an emerging climate regime might evolve to strengthen incentives for more vigorous cooperation in mitigating global climate change. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5164 JAN 01, 2010

Barrett, Scott; Toman, Michael

Responding to threats of climate change mega-catastrophes (English)

There is a low but uncertain probability that climate change could trigger "mega-catastrophes," severe and at least partly irreversible adverse effects across broad regions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5127 NOV 01, 2009

Zeckhauser, Richard; Toman, Michael; Kousky, Carolyn; Rostapshova, Olga

Alternative policies for the control of air pollution in Poland (English)

Like other Central European countries, Poland faces the twin challenges of improving environmental quality while also promoting economic development. ... See More +

Publication 13036 MAR 31, 1994

Bates, Robin; Cofala, Janusz; Toman, Michael