Hochman, Gal

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  • Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Rutgers Energy Institute
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Gal Hochman received his Ph.D. in Economics at Columbia University in 2004. His work focuses on biotechnology, energy, the environment, and on trade agreements. While working on alternatives to fossil fuels, Gal’s work showed the distributional implications of a global climate agreement. Gal’s work assessed the economic implications from allocating polluting rights to fossil extracting and fossil consuming countries. Greenhouse gas intensity of biofuels (and also non-conventional fossil fuels like coal to liquids and oil sands) cannot be determined just by measuring carbon content of fuel, because significant amounts of emissions occur away from the site of production or consumption. This necessitates carbon emissions accounting that is ex-ante analysis and which accounts for these off-site emissions. Gal’s work identified several of these off-site carbon-emitting sources and quantified their impact. Gal’s research on energy shows the importance of modeling OPEC as a cartel-of-nations. His work also quantifies the importance of inventories in the 2007 and 2008 food commodity price spike. Gal has attended and presented papers at numerous conferences, including the ASSA, the ACS, the CEA, the Econometric Society, the EEA, and the IAEE.


Lawrence, Lin, Shawn Sorrels, Shakthi T. Sivaram, Eric Lam, & Gal Hochman. (2021). “Improvement of Aquaculture Profitability and Sustainability Through Integration with Duckweed.” Agriculture Research and Technology, 2(1), 2-6

Hochman, Gal & David Zilberman. (2021). “Optimal Environmental Taxation in Response to an Environmentally-unfriendly Political Challenger.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 106

Hochman, Gal & Tabakis, Chrysostomos. (2020). “The Potential Implications of the Introduction of Bioelectricity in South Korea.” Sustainability, 12

Hochman, Gal & Tabakis, Chrysostomos. (2020). “Biomass to Fuel: The Case of South Korea.” Sustainability, 12, 1-17

William J. Schmelz, Gal Hochman, & Kenneth G. Miller. (2020). “Total cost of carbon capture and storage implemented at a regional scale: northeastern and midwestern United States.” Interface Focus.

Hochman, Gal; Goldman, Alan; Felder, Frank; Mayer, James; Miller, Alexander; Holland, Patrick; Goldman, Leo; Manocha, Patricia; Song, Ze; Aleti, Saketh. (2020). “The Potential Economic Feasibility of Direct Electrochemical Nitrogen Reduction as a Route to Ammonia.” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Aleti, S. & G. Hochman. (2020). “Non-Constant Elasticity of Substitution and Intermittent Renewable Energy.” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review

Dong, K., Hochman, G., Timilsina, G. (2020). “Do drivers of CO2 emission growth alter over time and by the stage of economic development?” Energy Policy

Dong, K., Hochman, G., Kong, X., Sun, R., & Wang, Z. (2019). “Spatial econometric analysis of China’s PM10 pollution and its influential factors: Evidence from the provincial level.” Ecological Indicators, 96, 317-328.

Bingjie Xu, Ruoyu Zhong, Gal Hochman, & Kangyin Dong (2019). “The environmental consequences of fossil fuels in China: National and regional perspectives.” Sustainable Development, 1-12

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