Environmental Economics

Advancing the Theory and Methods for Understanding Employment Effects of Environmental Regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency's National Center for Environmental Economics and Professor V. Kerry Smith (Arizona State University), with support from Abt Associates, convened a one-day workshop exploring theory and methods relevant to the employment effects of environmental regulation. The workshop was held October 26, 2012 at the Resources & Conservation Center in Washington, D.C. The purpose was to consider the research needed to improve the practices of policy evaluation to take better account of the state of the economy and the employment effects of regulations. An effort was made to include diverse perspectives and approaches from a variety of sub disciplines within the economics profession that could be useful for modeling employment effects. Technical papers were presented or discussed by macroeconomists, regional economists, labor economists, and environmental economists. For revised versions of the workshop papers click on the links below. Note that the documents linked on this page have not been peer reviewed. They have been posted with the sole purpose of fostering discussion and future research in this area, and their appearance here does not imply that any proposed methods are appropriate for regulatory analysis. The views expressed in the papers are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. No official agency endorsement should be inferred.