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"Bans vs Fees: Disposable Carryout Bag Policies and Bag Usage"

Rebecca Taylor, UCCS Emerging Scholars Winner, UC Berkeley
Jul 21, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 01:05 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Emerging Scholars Award for Excellence in
Research and Public Policy
“Bans vs Fees: Disposable Carryout Bag Policies and Bag Usage”

Rebecca Taylor
PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley

Disposable carryout bags bring convenience to supermarket customers, but at a cost to the environment and to municipalities trying to keep their streets and waterways clean. To curb the use of disposable bags and encourage the use of reusable bags, policymakers across the county are adopting Disposable Carryout Bag Policies. While these policies share a common goal, in practice they differ in their policy prescription, and can be divided into two competing approaches: (1) bag bans and (2) bag fees. Given the pervasiveness of both policy tools, my research asks: Does the policy tool matter with respect to changing consumer behavior and bag usage?

Rebecca Taylor is a PhD Candidate in Agricultural & Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her graduate research is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Rebecca’s research focuses on the consequences of environmental and food policies aimed at altering consumer behavior. With public concern over reducing pollution and health care costs, policymakers often turn to economic incentives to change how consumers consume.
Rebecca’s research uses economic theory and tools to study the effectiveness of such policies, especially when there is debate over optimal policy design. Rebecca received her undergraduate degree in Economics at Washington & Lee  University. Before graduate school she was a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC. She has also interned at the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.


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