Working Papers

Mandated vs. Voluntary Adaptation to Natural Disasters: The Case of U.S. Wildfires (with Patrick Baylis).
Previously circulated as "Building Codes and Community Resilience to Natural Disasters"

NBER Working Paper 29621 (Non-paywall Version) Supplementary Material

When Do Environmental Externalities Have Electoral Consequences? Evidence from Fracking.

NBER Working Paper 28857

Moral Hazard, Wildfires, and the Economic Incidence of Natural Disasters (with Patrick Baylis).

Conditionally accepted at American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

NBER Working Paper 26550

Media and Outreach: NBER Digest, Politico, ProPublica, RFF Resources Radio, EI at Haas Blog, Marginal Revolution


Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver at the Right Time? (with Lucas W. Davis).

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (2020).

Paper Supplementary Material NBER Working Paper Version

Media and Outreach: Vox, EI at Haas Blog

Drilling Like There's No Tomorrow: Bankruptcy, Insurance, and Environmental Risk.

American Economic Review (2019).

Paper Supplementary Material

Media and Outreach: AEA Chart of the Week, SIEPR Policy Brief, EI at Haas Blog, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada's National Observer

Orphan Wells in California: An Initial Assessment of the State’s Potential Liabilities. An Independent Review of Scientific & Technical Information (lead author).

California Council on Science and Technology (2018).

Study One-page summary

Media and Outreach: Los Angeles Times (Piece 1), Los Angeles Times (Piece 2), Politico, Bloomberg, E&E News, LAist, KQED, Canada's National Observer

A Credible Approach for Measuring Inframarginal Participation in Energy Efficiency Programs (with Lucas W. Davis).

Journal of Public Economics (2014).


Earlier Work on Environmental Science & Policy

Costa Rica’s payment for environmental services program: Intention, implementation, and impact (with G. Arturo Sánchez-Azofeifa, Alexander Pfaff, and Juan Andres Robalino).

Conservation Biology (2007).

Assessing catch shares' effects: Evidence from federal United States and associated British Columbian fisheries (with Dietmar Grimm, Ivan Barkhorn, David Festa, Kate Bonzon, Valerie Hovland, and Jason Blau).

Marine Policy (2012).

Prediction and verification of possible reef-fish spawning aggregation sites in Los Roques Archipelago National Park, Venezuela (with Marco Romero, Juan Posada, Shin Kobara, and Will Heyman).

Journal of Fish Biology (2010).

Rhythms of gene expression in a fluctuating intertidal environment (with Andrew Gracey, Maxine Chaney, Will Tyburczy, Kwasi Connor, and George Somero).

Current Biology (2008).

Sharing the catch, conserving the fish (with David Festa and Diane Regas).

Issues in Science and Technology (2008).

Work in Progress

Urban Density and Travel Demand (with Mark Jacobsen and Laura Schewel).

Abstract: The transportation sector accounts for about one-third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce externalities from driving, recent policies have sought to increase urban density. This project uses new data to revisit the effects of urban form on travel demand. We take advantage of panel data on individual mobility gathered from mobile devices for a large sample of U.S. households. This new empirical approach complements existing evidence on urban density and driving, which relies on cross-sectional, survey-based approaches.

Peer Effects in Energy Efficiency Program Participation.