CONTRIBUTORS – Reforming Regulatory Impact Analysis


David A. Evans. Economist, Center for Environmental Economics, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

David Evans’ research interests include normative and positive analyses of regulatory design and the application of stated preference methods. At EPA, he performs and evaluates the economic analyses that support decisionmaking on federal air quality regulations. Evans was formerly a research assistant and then research associate at Resources for the Future. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, a master's degree from the University of Illinois, and an undergraduate degree from Hiram College.

Scott Farrow. Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, and Faculty Fellow, Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education, UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

Scott Farrow's research interests include risk-based economic approaches to government program evaluation, including decisionmaking under uncertainty. Previously, he was chief economist at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, where he led agency development with respect to risk management and economic performance, among other duties. Prior to that, he was director and principal research economist at the Center for the Study and Improvement of Regulation in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Farrow holds a Ph.D. in economics and a master's degree in industrial organization and environmental economics from Washington State University, and an undergraduate degree in economics from Whitman College.

Winston Harrington. Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future

Winston Harrington's work encompasses urban transportation, motor vehicles and air quality, and problems of estimating the costs of environmental policy. He has worked extensively on the economics of enforcing environmental regulations, the health benefits derived from improved air quality, the costs of waterborne disease outbreaks, endangered species policy, federal rulemaking procedures, and the economics of outdoor recreation. Harrington has served as a consultant to state and federal governments, the World Bank, and the Harvard Institute for International Development. He also is on the adjunct faculty at Georgetown University. Harrington holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree in mathematics from Cornell University.

Lisa Heinzerling. Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center (on leave of absence)

Lisa Heinzerling received an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. She clerked for Judge Richard A. Posner on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. on the United States Supreme Court. Later, Heinzerling served as an assistant attorney general in Massachusetts, specializing in environmental law, before becoming a faculty member at Georgetown. She has been a visiting professor at the law schools at both Yale and Harvard, and has published extensively, including a book with Frank Ackerman, Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing (The New Press, 2004). Heinzerling is currently on leave of absence from Georgetown and serving as senior climate policy counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Nathaniel O. Keohane. Director of Economic Policy and Analysis, Climate and Air Program, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Nat Keohane oversees EDF's analytical work on the economics of climate policy, and helps to develop and advocate the organization's policy positions on global warming. His academic research has focused on the design and performance of market-based environmental policies. From 2001 to 2007, Keohane was an assistant and then associate professor of economics at the Yale School of Management. He has published articles on environmental economics in academic journals including the Journal of Public Economics, the RAND Journal of Economics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and the Harvard Environmental Law Review. Keohane is also the co-author of Markets and the Environment (Island Press, 2007) and co-editor of Economics of Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, 2009).

Alan Krupnick. Senior Fellow and Director of Research, Resources for the Future

Alan Krupnick's research focuses on analyzing environmental issues, in particular, the benefits, costs, and design of air pollution policies, both in the United States and in developing countries. He also studies the valuation of health and ecological improvements and, more recently, the ancillary benefits of climate policy and urban transportation and development problems. Krupnick has served as a consultant to state governments, federal agencies, private corporations, the Canadian government, the European Union, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank. Krupnick also served as senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers, advising the Clinton administration on environmental and natural resource policy issues. He is a regular member of expert committees from the National Academy of Sciences and has served on a Royal Society of Canada committee analyzing ambient air quality standard setting in Canada. Krupnick holds a Ph.D. and a master's degree in economics from the University of Maryland.

Douglas A. Kysar. Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Douglas Kysar's teaching and research areas include tort law, international environmental law, sustainable development, products liability, and risk regulation. He received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University in 1995 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1998, where he served on the student board of advisors. He has published widely on competing policymaking paradigms for the regulation of environmental, health, and safety risks, examining in particular certain underappreciated moral and political assumptions that underlay invocation of cost–benefit analysis and the precautionary principle within environmental policymaking contexts. He has recently completed a book on these subjects, Regulating from Nowhere: Environmental Law and the Search for Objectivity (Yale University Press, forthcoming).

Richard D. Morgenstern. Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future

Richard Morgenstern's work centers on the economic analysis of environmental issues with an emphasis on the costs, benefits, evaluation, and design of environmental policies, especially economic incentive measures. His analysis also focuses on climate change, including the design of cost-effective policies to reduce emissions in the United States and abroad. Immediately prior to joining RFF, Morgenstern was senior economic counselor to the undersecretary for global affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Previously, he served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he acted as deputy administrator (1993); assistant administrator for policy, planning, and evaluation (1991–1993); and director of the Office of Policy Analysis (1983–1995). He has served on expert committees of the National Academy of Sciences and as a consultant to various organizations. Morgenstern holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.

Catherine A. O'Neill. Associate Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law

Catherine O'Neill focuses her research on issues of justice in environmental law and policy, particularly issues affecting fish and other resources relied upon by American Indian tribes, and minority and low-income communities. She also works on methods of risk assessment and management as well as on approaches to regulatory analysis. She is a member scholar with the Center for Progressive Reform and has testified before Congress on regulations governing mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. O'Neill has also served as a pro bono consultant to the attorneys for the National Congress of American Indians and other tribes in litigation challenging mercury regulations. She has published numerous scholarly articles in such journals as the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Ecology Law Quarterly, and the Vermont Law Review. O'Neill was a Ford Foundation graduate fellow at Harvard Law School. She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law.

Wendy E. Wagner. Joe A. Worsham Centennial Professor, School of Law, University of Texas at Austin

In addition to being on the faculty at UT Austin, Wendy Wagner also teaches one semester per year at Case Western Law School. She serves on the National Research Council's Committee on Reducing Stormwater Discharge Contributions to Water Pollution and is a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. Previously, she served as an honors attorney in the Enforcement Division of the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, and then as pollution control coordinator with the Department of Agriculture's Office of the General Counsel. Wagner holds a J.D. and a master's degree in environmental studies from Yale University, where she was senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and managing editor of the Yale Journal of Regulation.