Lecture Kleinman Center Event

Accelerating Electrification: Key Policies to Transform Cars and Trucks


James Stock
Vice-Provost for Climate and Sustainability, Harvard University


Jesús Fernández-Villaverde
Professor of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences

Virtual event

Harvard economist James Stock examines which government policies are most effective in accelerating the transition of the light-duty vehicle fleet to electric.

Event Summary

The decarbonization of the light-duty vehicle (LDV) fleet in the United States will be an important policy priority for the coming decades. Policies such as subsidized construction of charging stations, refundable tax credits for electric vehicles, and a tradable permit system for vehicle manufacturers, are all possible tools in facilitating this transition. But charging station subsidies demonstrate the greatest impact.

Harvard economist James Stock joins moderator Jesús Fernández-Villaverde to discuss his research investigating the potential for government policy to accelerate the transition of the LDV fleet to electric vehicles.

This will be based on his recent paper: Policies for Electrifying the Light-Duty Vehicle Fleet in the United States.

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Accelerating Electrification: Policies for Decarbonizing the US Light Duty Vehicle Fleet

James Stock November 16 2021


James Stock

Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability, Harvard University
James Stock is Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability, Harvard University; the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and a member of the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Jesús Fernández-Villaverde

Professor of Economics
Jesús Fernández-Villaverde is a professor of economics and research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and Penn’s Population Studies Center, and a Research Affiliate for the Centre for Economic Policy Research.