Research Interests:

International Trade, Environmental Economics, Energy, Regional Economic Development

My current work examines the environmental consequences of international trade and environmental policy stemming from cross-country differences in endowments and comparative advantage, and cross-sector difference in regulation, factor intensities, and fixed costs.
Other recent work also investigates the factors contributing to regional economic development.

Published Research:

Journal Metrics (restricted access)

  • “The Environmental Effects of Trade Within and Across Sectors” 2019. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 94 (March), 118-139. doi: 10.1016/j.jeem.2019.01.007
  • “Outsourcing, trade, technology, and greenhouse gas emissions” 2019. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies. 22, 217-245. with Christopher Erickson doi: 10.1007/s10018-019-00256-4
  • “The Role of Initial Conditions in Post-Great Recession Economic Development: Single County MSAs” 2020. Economic Development Quarterly. 34(1), 64-77. with Rick Adkisson and Chris Sroka doi: 10.1177/0891242419894375
  • “Decomposing Changes in Establishment Level Emissions with Entry and Exit”. Canadian Journal of Economics. forthcoming, 2021.   with J. Scott Holladay

Working and Completed Papers:

  • “Environmental Consequences of Natural Gas Wellhead Pricing Deregulation.”

  • “Walling Off Crime: An Analysis of the Local Deterrent Effects of a Border Fence.” Under Review. with Randy McFerrin

Work in Progress:

  • “Measuring Environmental Stringency Under the Clean Air Act”
    • Proposes and evaluates a readily available measure of US environmental stringency.

  • “Assessing the Economic Consequences of Crime Reduction for Entrepreneurial Activity and Human Capital Investments: Evidence from a Natural Experiment”
    • Extends existing analysis of the deterrent effects of international border fencing to identify effects of reduced criminal activity on entrepreneurial activity and educational attainment. 

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