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Research

Statement

I spend most of my time on the design and evaluation of environmental policy. I am interested in communicating to social, natural and physical scientists, and environmental practitioners and policy makers. Thus I try to publish in a variety of outlets and attend economic, policy and environmental science professional meetings. Much of my research emphasizes causal inference through the application of experimental and quasi-experimental designs, with the aim of estimating the impacts and mechanisms of environmental policies and programs. 

I also have interests in behavioral economics and psychology, particularly related to policy applications of behavioral research.  I’ve conducted research on social comparisons, cultural diversity and discrimination, the relationship between competence and self-awareness and its implications for economic behavior, the design of experiments that more cleanly identify other-regarding preferences (as opposed to subject confusion that mimics other-regarding preferences), and children’s non-cognitive attributes (e.g., time and risk preferences) and their role in affecting educational outcomes.