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Clinton Levitt

Clinton Levitt

Lecturer
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics

Room 221, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 6037 (phone)

Clinton.Levitt@utas.edu.au

Clinton Levitt is a lecturer in economics in the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics.  He works in applied economics with primary interests in energy economics, natural resource and environmental economics as well as industrial organization.  His research includes investigating strategic behaviour in oil and gas exploration and its implication for public policy.  He is also researching the linkages between national efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions and international trade. Clint is also studying the economics of introducing various renewable energy sources (like wind power) into power systems.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDStrategic Information in Oil and Gas Exploration  University of IowaUnited States2009
BA (Hons)EconomicsUniversity of CalgaryCanada2003

Biography

Clinton is a Lecturer of economics at the University of Tasmania in the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics.  He is also a research associate at the Centre for Business and Economic Research at the Copenhagen Business School. Prior to joining the University of Tasmania in June 2013, he was an Assistant Professor of economic s at the Copenhagen Business School. Clint obtained his PhD in economics from the University of Iowa in the United States.

Research Themes

Clint's research aligns with the Universities research theme of Environment, Resource and sustainability.   His research in economics is focused on finding solutions to important issues; such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, introducing renewable energy sources into power systems and efficient management of natural resources including tax and royalty design.

Clint's research interests reflect a desire to understand the outcomes of a broad range of efforts by various economies to curb greenhouse emissions.  This research leads naturally to thinking about the design of policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Introducing renewable energy sources into power systems is one way of reducing emissions from generating electricity.  His research looks into the economics of introducing wind power, for example, into a power systems built on coal or other non-renewable resources.  This research provides answers to questions concerning the design and implementation of environmental policy which impacts all members of society.

Teaching

Microeconomics, Natural resource economics, Energy economics, Industrial organization, statistics

Teaching expertise

  • Microeconomics
  • Natural resource economics
  • Energy economics
  • Industrial organization
  • statistics

Teaching responsibility

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Expertise

  • Natural resource economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Energy economics
  • Industrial organization
  • Applied economics

Collaboration

Clinton is currently involved in a variety of international projects, which are primarily aimed in understanding the role that international trade plays in greenhouse gas emissions.  There projects involve a partnership with the economics department at the Copenhagen Business School and with the Centre for Business and Economic Research at the Copenhagen Business School.

Current projects

International Trade and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: In one project, I am attempting to disentangle the linkages between international trade and greenhouse gas emissions.   Current topics include determining the extent that firms outsource emission intensive production to avoid costs associated with environmental policy.  A second, project focuses on assessing the impact of China's admission into the WTO on the emission content of international trade.

Economics of Power Systems: A key policy implemented to curb greenhouse gases emitted from generating electricity has been to introduce non-thermal or renewable sources of power into power systems.  Wind power has been one of the main alternatives that have been introduced into different power systems.   My current projects investigate the economics of introducing wind energy into power systems.

Strategic Behaviour in Oil and Gas Exploration: This research agenda looks to characterise how firms exploring for oil and gas use information in their exploration decisions.   Another project examines how firms respond to changes in tax and royalty structures.  These projects can inform the design and implementation of resource policy.

Fields of Research

  • Environment and Resource Economics (140205)
  • Economic History (140203)
  • Financial Econometrics (150202)
  • Economic Models and Forecasting (140303)
  • Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells) (090608)
  • Industry Economics and Industrial Organisation (140209)
  • Public Economics- Taxation and Revenue (140215)

Research Objectives

  • Oil and Gas Exploration (850103)
  • Economic Framework (919999)
  • Energy Systems Analysis (850603)
  • Supply and Demand (910211)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Energy Activities (859899)
  • Renewable Energy (850599)
  • Industry Policy (910205)
  • Market-Based Mechanisms (910206)

Publications

Clinton, together with collaborators from the Copenhagen Business School, have recently published two major studies on the Denmark's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The studies garnered a lot of publicity:  The research was discussed in over 25 media outlets including magazines, newspapers, radio and TV.  Clint was invited to Denmark to give a press conference to present our conclusions to the media.  Members of the Danish Parliament were also in attendance to discuss the results and the implications for future policy.  Clint is continuing to study policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Total publications

6

Journal Article

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Levitt CJ, Saaby M, Sorensen A, 'Australia's consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions', Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 61 pp. 1-21. ISSN 1364-985X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1467-8489.12198 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Levitt C, 'Information spillovers in onshore oil and gas exploration ', Resource and Energy Economics, 45 pp. 80-98. ISSN 0928-7655 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.reseneeco.2016.05.003 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Levitt CJ, Pedersen MS, Sorensen A, 'Examining the efforts of a small, open economy to reduce carbon emissions: The case of Denmark', Ecological Economics, 119 pp. 94-106. ISSN 0921-8009 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.08.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2002Emery JCH, Levitt CJ, 'Cost of living, real wages and real incomes in thirteen Canadian cities, 1900-1950', Canadian Journal of Economics, 35, (1) pp. 115 -137. ISSN 0008-4085 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1540-5982.00123 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 15

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Levitt CJ, Sorensen A, 'The Cost of Producing Electricity in Denmark: A Technical Companion', The Rockwool Foundation, Denmark (2016) [Contract Report]

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2014Levitt CJ, Sorensen A, 'The Cost of Producing Electricity in Denmark', The Rockwool Foundation, Denmark (2014) [Contract Report]

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Grants & Funding

Clint has been the CI on two large research grants, totalling $800,000, as well as received additional grants which funded research workshops which he organized.

Clint's last research grant ($400,000) was awarded to study the outcome of Denmark's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$78,200

Projects

Growth with Innovation in Danish Companies (2017 - 2018)$78,200
Description
An important aspect is to identify drivers for innovation. This is important for the understanding of which companies innovate but also to establish causality between innovation and company efficiency which shows that companies improve performance through innovation, and that high-performance companies do not innovate by default.
Funding
Copenhagen Business School ($78,200)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Levitt CJ
Period
2017 - 2018

Research Supervision

Current

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDStrategic Behaviour Analysis and Modelling of Electricity Prices of Australian National Electricity Market2017