Speaker: Erin T. Mansur

THE BREN SCHOOL OF Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara


Erin T. Mansur
Associate Professor of Economics
School of Management

Yale Universitty

Friday, Oct. 26, 2007
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Bren Hall 1424

"Averting Regulatory Enforcement:

Evidence from New Source Review"

Part of the seminar series in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

presented by the Bren School's PhD training program in Economics and Environmental Science.



This paper explores firms’ response to regulatory enforcement. New Source Review, a provision of the Clean Air Act, imposes stringent emissions limitations on significantly modified older power plants. In 1999, the EPA sued owners of 46 plants for NSR violations. We study how electricity companies respond to both the perceived threat of future action, and the action itself. A discrete choice model estimates plants likelihood of being named in lawsuits increases with large historic emissions and investments. On the eve of the lawsuits, emissions at plants with a one standard deviation greater probability of being sued fell approximately ten percent. Read the paper.


About the Speaker

Erin Mansur is an associate professor of economics at the Yale School of Management and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. From 2002 to 2007, as an assistant professor, he held a joint appointment with SOM and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In 2002, Professor Mansur received a PhD in economics from University of California at Berkeley. He wrote his dissertation on “Environmental Regulation in Oligopoly Markets.” At Berkeley, he worked as a research assistant at the University of California Energy Institute and the Goldman School of Public Policy. Prior to earning his PhD, Professor Mansur was a research assistant at Resources for the Future. In 1995, he graduated with a BA from Colby College, with a major in biology (environmental studies concentration) and minors in economics and philosophy.

Professor Mansur’s research focuses on energy and regulation economics. With several co-authors, he has written papers on various topics in industrial organization, environmental and natural resources, and public finance economics. His work focuses on the following areas of study:  strategic firm behavior in regulated markets; strategic firm behavior and the environment; consumer behavior in regulated markets; and various other topics in environmental and energy economics. Professor Mansur’s publications have appeared in the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Energy Journal, Contemporary Economic Policy, and Environmental Science and Technology.



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