Research Statement

Regulation is the primary means by which government can influence the business environment. My research studies two broad areas related to regulatory policy.  The main line of my research studies the effects of regulation and taxation of energy markets.  In this area, my research examines the impacts of fuel taxes, consumer decisions about what vehicles to purchase or how much to drive, and the counterproductive effects of regulation.  Outside of energy, my work examines how regulations and information influence consumer decisions. Research Statement


Working Papers        Refereed publications        Other publications (and math)


Working Papers

"Air Pollution and Criminal Activity: Evidence from Chicago Microdata" (with Evan Herrnstadt) current version

“Tax Compliance and Fiscal Externalities: Evidence from U.S. Diesel Taxation” (with Justin Marion) current version

“Gasoline Price Spikes and Regional Gasoline Content Regulations: A Structural Approach.”

“Market Effects of Regulatory Heterogeneity: A Study of Regional Gasoline Content.”

 “Endogenous Facility Reliability: Evidence from Oil Refinery Fires”


Work in progress

Economic and Non-economic Motivations for Crime

Land Use Regulation and Commuting Patterns (with Daniel Shoag)

The Incidence of Environmental Regulation (with Don Fullerton)

Impact of Weather and Pollution on Consumer Behavior (with Daniel Shoag and Jameson Toole)

Crude Oil Restrictions and Welfare Gains from Fracking: Evidence from Refinery Microdata (with Richard Sweeney)

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Published and forthcoming papers

“Does Tax-Collection Invariance Hold? Evasion and the Pass-Through of State Diesel Taxes” (with Wojciech Kopczuk, Justin Marion, and Joel Slemrod). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. 8: 2, p. 251-286, May 2016 link

"Consumer Learning and Hybrid Vehicle Adoption” (with Garth Heutel)
forthcoming, Environmental and Resource Economics. 62:1, p.125-161, September 2015 link

“Tracking Employment Shocks using Mobile Phone Data" (with Yu-ru Lin, Jameson Toole, Daniel Shoag, Marta Gonzalez and David Lazer), Journal of Royal Society Interface. 12:107, June 2015 link

“Gasoline Taxes and Consumer Behavior” (with Shanjun Li and Joshua Linn)
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 6: 4, p. 302-342, November 2014. link

“Weather, Salience of Climate Change and Congressional Voting” (with Evan Herrnstadt),
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 68: 3, p.435-448, November 2014. link

“Consumer Response to Cigarette Excise Tax Changes” (with Lesley Chiou),
National Tax Journal, 67: 3, p. 621-650, September 2014.

“Cell Phones and Motor Vehicle Fatalities” (with Daniel Shoag),
Procedia Enginnering 78, p. 173-177, September 2014. link

“Heuristic Strategies, Firm Behavior and Industry Information” (with Cynthia Lin)
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 86: 1, p. 10-23, February 2013. link

“Tax Incidence and Supply Conditions” (with Justin Marion),
Journal of Public Economics, 95, p. 1202-1212. October 2011. link

“Giving Green to Get Green: Incentives and Consumer Adoption of Hybrid Vehicle Technology.” (with Kelly Gallagher),
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 61, p. 1-15. January 2011. link

“Do Americans Consume Too Little Natural Gas?  An Empirical Test of Marginal Cost Pricing” (with Lucas Davis),
Rand Journal of Economics, 41, p. 791-810. Winter 2010. link

“Edgeworth Cycles Revisited” (with Joseph Doyle and Krislert Samphantharak).
Energy Economics, 32, p. 651-660. May 2010. link

“Crossing the Line: The Effect of Cross-Border Cigarette Sales on State Excise Tax Revenues” (with Lesley Chiou),
BE Journal – Economic Analysis and Policy (Contributions), 8:1. December 2008. link

“Measuring Illegal Activity and the Effects of Regulatory Innovation: Tax Evasion and the Dyeing of Untaxed Diesel” (with Justin Marion).
Journal of Political Economy,116:4, p. 633-666, August 2008. link


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Non-refereed publications

Commentary on Dealing with Expropriations: General Guidelines for Oil Contracts, “The Natural Resources Trap:  Private Investment without Public Commitment” MIT Press, 2011.


Mathematics Articles

 “Infinite Ergodic Index Zd Actions in Infinite Measure” (with B. Narasimhan, A. Raich, C. Silva, M.Touloumtzis, and W. Zhao).
Colloquium Mathematicum, vol. 82, No. 2 (1999), 167-190. link

“Lightly Mixing on Dense Algebras” with (A. Raich, C. Silva and W. Zhao).
Real Analysis Exchange, Vol. 23, No. 1, (1998), 259-266. link