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Workshop: Advancing the Theory and Methods for Understanding Employment Effects of Environmental Regulation (2012)

Paper Number: EE-0572

Document Date: 10/26/2012

Author(s):  Abt Associates

Subject Area(s):

Economic Analysis, Benefit-Cost Analysis, Employment, Labor Impacts, Macroeconomic Impacts

Keywords: Economic Analysis, Benefit-Cost Analysis, Employment, Labor Impacts, Macroeconomic Impacts, Regional Impacts


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Note that the linked documents have not been peer reviewed.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.

Workshop materials included in the attached document and link include:


Participant Bios

Participant List


  • Robert Shimer Paper: A Framework for Valuing the Employment Consequences of Environmental Regulation
  • Richard Rogerson Paper: Assessing the Economic Effects of Environmental Regulations: A General Equilibrium Approach
  • Nicolai V. Kuminoff, Todd Schoellman, and Christopher Timmins Paper: Can Sorting Models Help Us Evaluate the Employment Effects of Environmental Regulations?
  • Timothy Bartik Paper: Social Costs of Jobs Lost Due to Environmental Regulations  Exit
  • Anna Belova, Wayne B. Gray, Joshua Linn, and Richard D. Morgenstern Papers:
    • Environmental Regulations and Manufacturing Plant Exit: A Preliminary Analysis
    • Environmental Regulation and Industry Employment: A Reassessment

This workshop is part of the Environmental Policy and Economics Workshop Series.

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