PhD Research - Laura Grant

Studying jointly at the Bren School and the Department of Economics, Laura has disciplinary training in economics, with added exposure to natural science. While earning her master's degree in hydrology, she became interested in quantitative assessment of environmental policy. Over the past few years, she has developed a research agenda that spans environmental and public economics and emphasizes two themes: policy analysis and information disclosure. Policy analysis provides a retrospective assessment of environmental regulations, determining the extent to which intended effects are realized and often uncovering unintended consequences. The first paper in this area estimates and models energy use in response to daylight saving time. The second regards marine protected areas, which increase protection of fish by restricting fishing; the research calculates the losses to fisherman but also the near-term learning response. For the second theme of her research, Laura assesses responses to changes in information. Environmental and public goods are diffuse amenities, and a lack of information creates a classic failure to adequately provide them. A forthcoming paper estimates the market effect of producing organic wine, identifying price benefits associated with the certification process independently from those associated with the actual label. Her dissertation research focuses on various ways that third-party information, such as financial ratings of charities, enhances or detracts from charitable behavior.

Employment Upon Graduation: Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago


Does Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Indiana. 2008. NBER Working paper 14429. In press at The Review of Economics and Statistics (with MJ Kotchen).

Eco-Labeling Strategies: Teh Eco-Premium Puzzle in the Wine Industry. 2009. In press at Business & Society (with MA Delmas).

Does Daylight Saving Time Save Electricity?, Op-Ed in VOX Column, December 5, 2008 (with MJ Kotchen).

What's the Point of Daylight Time?, Op-Ed in New York Times, November 20, 2008 (with MJ Kotchen).



Watchdog Ratings: Evidence of Introduction and Signaling Effects on Charitable Contributions (job market paper).

Voluntary Provision of Environmental Goods: Clubs and Market Structure Competition for donations between nonprofit organizations.

Blissful Ignorance in Charitable Giving.

Watershed Quality Improvements through Voluntary Environmental Advocacy.

Fishing for a Catch: Marine Protected Areas' Effect on Lobster Trappers (working paper with C. Guenther, H.S. Lenihan, and D. Carr).


Good Riddance: A Highly Selective List of Human Creations the World Would Be Better Off Without

(Daylight Saving Time), Scientific American, September 2010.

Wait! Daylight Saving Time Will Cost Me Money? The Christian Science Monitor, March 13, 2010.

Daylight Saving: Beat the Clock, The Huffington Post, March 13, 2010.