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Taxing the Friendly Skies

The following article, featured in Cascade magazine, features UO Economics graduate students Haiming Kuang and Kathryn Sternberger.
Can the UO cut air travel—and polluting jet emissions?

The ubiquity of flying for business and pleasure has made the airline industry a major contributor to climate change, according to organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency.

With an eye toward becoming more eco-friendly, some businesses and universities have responded by taxing air travel in an effort to curb the number of flights taken by employees, thereby cutting polluting jet engine emissions.

Can it work at the University of Oregon? Probably not.

That’s the conclusion of Haiming Kuang and Kathryn Sternberger, economics students who analyzed this question for a project that earned them honors distinctions when they graduated in June.

Read more on the Cascade website.