Working Papers

How Are Insurance Markets Adapting to Climate Change? Risk Selection and Regulation in the Market for Homeowners Insurance (with Meredith Fowlie, Jacob Gellman, and Andrew Plantinga). 

Mandated vs. Voluntary Adaptation to Natural Disasters: The Case of U.S. Wildfires (with Patrick Baylis). 

Revise and resubmit at Journal of Political Economy.

NBER Working Paper 29621    Supplementary Material

Media and outreach:  Marketplace,   Los Angeles Times,   New York Times,   Wall Street Journal,  Vox (Podcast),   MarketWatch,   NBER Digest


Quantifying Fire-Specific Smoke Exposure and Health Impacts (with Jeff Wen, Sam Heft-Neal, Marshall Burke, and Patrick Baylis).

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2023).

Paper          Earlier Preprint Version 

Media and outreach:   New York Times

Adapting to Growing Wildfire Property Risk. 

Science (2023).

Paper        Non-paywall version

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

Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (2024)

Paper          Non-paywall version NBER Working Paper Version 

Wildfire Insurance, Information, and Self-Protection  (with Meredith Fowlie and Andrew Plantinga). 

AEA Papers and Proceedings (2023).


The Economic Incidence of Wildfire Suppression in the United States (with Patrick Baylis; previously titled "Moral Hazard, Wildfires, and the Economic Incidence of Natural Disasters"). 

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (2023).

Paper    NBER Working Paper Version       

Media and outreach:  NBER Digest,   Politico,   ProPublicaRFF Resources Radio,   EI at Haas BlogMarginal 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 WeekSIEPR 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 Study (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).


Work in Progress

Wildfire Risk and Self-Protective Investment: Evidence from a Field Experiment (with Patrick Baylis and Bob Horton).

Field experiment in progress in partnership with state and local partners and support from J-PAL North America. 

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.

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).

Resting Papers

Peer Effects in Energy Efficiency Program Participation.