Date of Award

January 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Agricultural Economics

First Advisor

Paul Preckel

Committee Member 1

Benjamin M Gramig

Committee Member 2

Douglas J Gotham

Committee Member 3

Andrew Lu Liu


A nation-wide climate policy targeting the power sector might lead to dramatic changes to Indiana's electricity generation system. This is because Indiana relies heavily on coal as its primary source for electricity generation and coal is much more carbon-intensive than other fossil fuels. In the possible event that Indiana will have to take action on carbon mitigation, for example because of a national climate policy in the future, it is important for state policymakers to understand the costs and efficacy of alternative strategies. In addition, assessing the impacts of the policy alternatives on Indiana serves as guidance for the national policy design process regarding the subnational impacts.