Christopher Timmins

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Department of Economics, Duke University
209 Social Sciences Building
P.O. Box 90097
Durham, North Carolina 27708-0097
(919) 660-1809

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  • Duke University, Department of Economics, Professor, July 2012 - Present
  • Duke University, Department of Economics, Associate Professor, September 2004 - June 2012
  • Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment, Secondary Appointment, September 2004 - Present
  • Yale University, Department of Economics, Associate Professor, May 2002 - June 2004
  • Yale University, Department of Economics, Assistant Professor, July 1997 - May 2002
  • Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Courtesy Appointment, January 2001 - June 2004
  • Yale University, Economic Growth Center, Affiliated Faculty, September 1999 - June 2004


  • Stanford University, Ph.D. Economics, October 1997
    Dissertation: "Price as a Policy Tool For Dynamic Resource Allocation", Adviser: Professor Frank Wolak
  • Georgetown University, BSFS in International Economics, Summa Cum Laude, December 1991

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Professeur Invites, Toulouse School of Economics, May-June 2015
  • 2010 Ralph C. d'Arge and Allen V. Kneese Award for Outstanding Publication in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
  • Teaching Evaluations in Top 5% of All Duke Undergraduate Instructors, Fall 2010
  • NBER Research Associate, April 2009 - Present
  • NBER Faculty Research Fellow, September 2007 - March 2009
  • 2002 DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College
  • Honorable Mention, Graduate Advisor of the Year, Yale University Department of Economics
  • Yale University Morse Mellon Junior Faculty Leave Fellowship
  • Yale University Social Science Research Fellowship
  • Resources For The Future, Joseph L. Fisher Dissertation Fellowship
  • Center for Economic Policy Research, Harry and Lynne Bradley Dissertation Research Fellowship
  • Honorable Mention, Outstanding Teaching Assistant, Stanford Economics Department
  • Jacob K. Javits Graduate Fellowship
  • Georgetown School of Foreign Service, 1992 Graduation Award in Economics
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Georgetown University

Funded Research

  • Duke-RTI FLARE Grant: Shale Gas Development and Air Quality
  • EPA Brownfields Analytical and Technical Contract II (EP-W-07-023)
  • New Approaches to Assessing the Benefits of the Superfund Program, EPA PO# EP09W001911 Technical Contract II (EP-W-07-023)
  • National Science Foundation Grant #SES-0721136, with Patrick Bayer and Robert MacMillan
  • National Science Foundation Grant #SES-0137289, with Patrick Bayer

Editorial Activities

  • Co-Editor -- Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
  • Board of Editors -- American Economic Review
  • Co-Editor -- Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2010-2013
  • Guest Editor, BE Press Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy 2009 Special Issue

University and Departmental Service

  • Pre-Major Academic Advisor (2014 - Present)
  • Duke Energy Initiative, Faculty Advisory Committee (2012 - Present)
  • Ph.D. Placement Director, Department of Economics (2011 - 2014)
  • Director, Economics Center for Teaching (EcoTeach) (2008 - 2010)
  • Chair, Economics Junior Recruiting Committee (2009 - 2010)
  • Academic Council (2007 - 2010)
  • Energy and the Environment Educational Initiative Working Group (2007 - Present)
  • University Program on Environmental Policy Steering Committee (2009 - Present)
  • Social Sciences Research Institute Advisory Board (2007 - Present)
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Energy and the Environment, Oversight Committee (2007 - Present)
  • Social Sciences Research Institute Steering Committee (2007 - 2009)
  • Director, Micro-Incentives Research Center (2005 - 2009)
  • University Information Technology Advisory Council (2005-07)
  • Economics Department Microeconomics Junior/Senior Recruiting (2005-06)
  • Sanford School of Public Policy Recruiting (2005-06)
  • Economics Department Executive Committee (2005-06, 2007 - Present)

Research Interests

  • Environmental Economics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Public Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Urban/Regional Economics

Publications and Working Papers


  • "A Dynamic Model of Demand for Houses and Neighborhoods," with Patrick Bayer, Robert McMillan, and Alvin Murphy. Forthcoming at Econometrica. Paper in PDF Format
  • "The Housing Market Impacts of Shale Gas Development" with Lucija Muehlenbachs and Elisheba Spiller. American Economic Review. 105(12):3633-3659.
  • "White Flight and Coming to the Nuisance: Can Residential Mobility Explain Environmental Injustice?" with Brooks Depro and Maggie O'Neil. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Vol.2, No.3 (2015):439-468.
  • "Environmental Regulations and the Welfare Effects of Job Layoffs in the United States: A Spatial Approach," with Nicolai V. Kuminoff and Todd Schoellman. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy. Vol.9, No.2 (2015):198-218.
  • "The Effect of Gasoline Taxes and Public Transit Investments on Driving Patterns," with Elisheba Spiller, Heather Stephens, and Alison Smith. Environmental and Resource Economics. Vol.59, No.4 (2014):633-657.
  • "Estimating Network Economies in Retail Chains: A Revealed Preference Approach," with Stephanie Houghton and Paul Ellickson. RAND Journal of Economics. Vol.44, No.2 (2013):169-193.
  • "The New Economics of Equilibrium Sorting and Policy Evaluation Using Housing Markets," with Nicolai Kuminoff and Kerry Smith. Journal of Economic Literature. Vol.51, No.4 (2013):1007-1062.
  • "Does Cleanup of Hazardous Waste Sites Raise Housing Values? Evidence of Spatially Localized Benefits," with Shanti Gamper-Rabindran. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Vol.65, No.3 (2013):345-360.
  • "Roy Model Sorting and the Value of a Statistical Life," with Thomas Deleire and Shakeeb Khan. International Economic Review. Vol.54, No.1 (2013):279-306.
  • "A Rational Expectations Approach to Hedonic Price Regressions with Time-Varying Unobserved Product Attributes: The Price of Pollution," with Patrick Bajari, Jane Cooley Fruehwirth, Kyoo Il Kim. American Economic Review. Volume 102, Issue 5 (2012):1898-1926.
  • "Residential Mobility and Ozone Exposure: Challenges for Environmental Justice Policy," with Brooks Depro. In The Political Economy of Environmental Justice, H. Spencer Banzhaf (ed.). Stanford University Press (2012).
  • "Hazardous Waste Cleanup, Neighborhood Gentrification, and Environmental Justice: Evidence from Restricted Access Census Block Data," with Shanti Gamper-Rabindran. American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings. Volume 101, Issue 3 (2011):620-624.
  • "Nonparametric Identification and Estimation in a Roy Model with Common Nonpecuniary Returns," with Patrick Bayer and Shakeeb Khan. Journal of Business and Economic Statistics. Volume 29, Issue 2 (2011):201-215.
  • "The impact of piped water provision on infant mortality in Brazil: A quantile panel data approach," with Shanti Gamper-Rabindran and Shakeeb Khan. Journal of Development Economics, Volume 92, Issue 2 (2010):188-200.
  • "Climate Change and Conservation in Brazil: CGE Evaluation of Health and Wealth Impacts," with Subhrendu K. Pattanayak, Martin T. Ross, Brooks M. Depro, Simone C. Bauch, Kelly J. Wendland, and Keith Alger. The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Vol. 9 : Iss. 2 (Contributions), Article 6 (2009).
  • "How Do Gas Prices Affect Fleet Fuel Economy?" with Shanjun Li and Roger von Haefen. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy Volume 1, Issue 2 (2009):113-37.
  • "Reduced-Form versus Structural Modeling in Environmental and Resource Economics," with Wolfram Schlenker. Annual Review of Resource Economics, Vol.1 (2009):351-380.
  • "Connecting Lagging and Leading Regions: The Role of Labor Mobility," with Somik Lall and Shoyue Yu. Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs, pp.151-174, The Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., 2009.
  • "Agglomeration Effects in Foreign Direct Investment and the 'Pollution Havens' Hypothesis," with Ulrich Wagner. Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol.43 (June 2009):231-256.
  • "Migration and Hedonic Valuation: The Case of Air Quality," with Nathaniel Keohane and Patrick Bayer. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Vol.58, no.1 (July 2009): 1-14.
  • "A Revealed Preference Approach to the Measurement of Congestion in Travel Cost Models," with Jennifer Murdock. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Vol.53, Issue 2 (March 2007):230-249.
  • "If You Can't Take the Heat, Get Out of the Cerrado... Recovering the Equilibrium Amenity Cost of Non-Marginal Climate Change in Brazil," Journal of Regional Science, Vol.47, Issue 1 (February 2007): 1-25.
  • "Estimating Equilibrium Models of Sorting Across Locations," with Patrick Bayer. Economic Journal, Vol.117, Issue 518 (March 2007):353-374.
  • "Endogenous Land Use and the Ricardian Valuation of Climate Change," Environmental and Resource Economics, Volume 33, Issue 1 (January 2006):119-142.
  • "Estimating Spatial Differences in the Brazilian Cost-of-Living With Household Location Choices," Journal of Development Economics, Volume 80, Issue 1 (June 2006):59-83.
  • "On the Equilibrium Properties of Locational Sorting Models," with Patrick Bayer. Journal of Urban Economics, Volume 57 (2005):462-477.
  • "How Do Changes in Welfare Law Affect Domestic Violence? An Analysis of Connecticut Towns, 1990 - 2000," with Jennifer Nou. Journal of Legal Studies, Volume 34, Issue 2 (June 2005):445-470.
  • "Estimable Equilibrium Models of Locational Sorting and Their Role in Development Economics," Journal of Economic Geography, Volume 5 (January 2005):83-100.
  • "Demand-Side Technology Standards Under Inefficient Pricing Regimes: Are They Effective Water Conservation Tools in the Long-Run?" Environmental and Resource Economics, Volume 26, Issue 1 (September 2003):107-124.
  • "Does the Median Voter Consume Too Much Water? Analyzing the Redistributive Role of Residential Water Bills," National Tax Journal, Volume LV, Issue 4 (December 2002):687-702.
  • "Measuring the Dynamic Efficiency Costs of Regulators' Preferences: Municipal Water Utilities in the Arid West," Econometrica, Volume 70, Issue 2 (March 2002):603-629.

Working Papers

  • "The Impact of the Fracking Boom on Rents in Pennsylvania?" with Lucija Muehlenbachs, Elisheba Spiller, and Andrew Steck (2015). Paper in PDF Format
  • "Shale Gas Development and Air Quality: Proposed Pilot Project in the Greater Triangle Area of North Carolina That Explores Joint Educational Collaborations and a Business Model for Innovative Small Scale Air Quality Services." with Brooks Depro, Elaine Hill, et al. (2015). Paper in PDF Format
  • "Shale Gas Leases: Is bargaining efficient and what are the implications for homeowners if it is not?" with Ashley Vissing (2014). Paper in PDF Format
  • "Estimating the Impacts of Brownfield Remediation on Housing Property Values" with Kevin Haninger and Lala Ma. Nicholas Institute Working Paper No. EE 12-08 (2012). Paper in PDF Format
  • "Hedonic Prices and Implicit Markets: Estimating Marginal Willingness to Pay for Differentiated Products Without Instrumental Variables," with Kelly Bishop (2011). Paper in PDF Format

Teaching and Advising Activity

Courses Taught (Duke University)

  • Economics 201, Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Economics 339, Environmental Economics
  • Economics 339, Environmental Justice: The Economics of Race, Place, and Pollution
  • Economics 881.09, Non-Market Valuation
  • Economics 881.10, Externalities and Pigouvian Policy

Graduate Advising -- Past Advisees

Guenter Hitsch (University of Chicago GSB), Minchul Kim (Korean Research Institute), Marcela Melendez (Deputy Director, Fedesarrollo, Bogata, Columbia), Nickolay Moshkin (Cornerstone Economic Consulting, NY), Jennifer Murdock (University of Toronto), Katja Seim (Wharton), Matthias Schuendeln (Harvard University), Juan Carranza (University of Wisconsin), Jane Cooley (University of Wisconsin), Shanjun Li (SUNY Stony Brook), Kelly Bishop (Wash U. Olin School), Patrick Dudley (GAO), Stephen Finger (U South Carolina), Stephanie Houghton (Texas A&M), Alvin Murphy (Wash U. Olin School), Denis Nekipelov (UC Berkeley), Katherine Dickinson (RWJ Fellowship), Junjie Zhang (UC San Diego), Andrea Szabo (University of Houston), Ling Huang (University of Connecticut), Elisheba Spiller (Resources for the Future), Emily Wang (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Nujin Prasertsom (CER-ETH, Zurich), Elliot Anenberg (Federal Reserve Board), Ralph Mastromonaco (U of Washington), Tatyana Kuzmenko (William and Mary), Peter Maniloff (Colorado School of Mines), Songman Kang (Hanyang University), Evan Peet (Harvard School of Public Health Post-Doc), Lala Ma (U of Kentucky), David Bielen (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Graduate Advising -- Current Advisees

Ashley Vissing, Yanyou Chen, Jie-Sheng Tan, Diego Herrera Garcia, Yifang Guo

Conference Participation

o        IGC Conference on Energy and Growth, London, U.K. (November 2015) -- Discussant

o        Kraks Fond Conference on Residential Location Choice, Copenhagen, Denmark (October 2015) -- Organizer and Presenter

o        UCLA Ziman Center Urban Economics and Real Estate Conference, Los Angeles, California (April 2015) -- Presenter

o        NBER Spring Meetings (EEE), Cambridge, Massachusetts (March 2015) -- Presenter

o        IZA Workshop: Labor Market Effects of Environmental Policies, Bonn, Germany (September 2014) -- Presenter

o        NBER Summer Institute (EEE), Cambridge, Massachusetts (July 2013) -- Discussant

o        AERE North American Meetings, Banff, Alberta (June 2013) -- Presenter

o        Scottish Institute for Research in Economics, Short Course on Hedonic Methods, Stirling, Scotland (July 2012)

o        NBER Summer Institute (EEE), Cambridge, Massachusetts (July 2011) -- Presenter

o        SIRE Environmental Economics Camp, Stirling, Scotland (March 2011) -- Keynote Presenter

o        Census RDC Network Annual Research Conference, College Park, Maryland (November 2010) -- Presenter

o        2010 Havlicek Memorial Lecture, The Ohio State University Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (May, 2010) -- Presenter

o        NBER Spring Meeting (EEE), Cambridge, Massachusetts (March, 2010) -- Discussant

o        Conference on Heterogeneity of the Value of Statistical Life, Nashville, Tennessee (March, 2009) -- Presenter

o        AEA Annual Meetings, San Francisco, California (January, 2009) -- Discussant

o        NBER Winter Meetings (EEE/IO), Stanford, California (February 2008) -- Presenter

o        Minnesota Applied Micro Workshop, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 2007) -- Presenter

o        Triangle Resource and Environmental Economics Workshop, Raleigh, North Carolina (September 2007) -- Presenter

o        Colorado University Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop, Vail, Colorado (September 2007) -- Presenter

o        NBER Summer Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts (July 2007) -- Presenter

o        2007 North American Summer Meetings of the Econometric Society, Durham, North Carolina (June 2007) -- Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair

o        National Research Council Symposium on Linking Environmental Research and the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Washington, DC (April, 2007) -- Presenter

o        Resources for the Future Conference on the Frontiers of Environmental Economics, Washington, DC (February, 2007) -- Discussant

o        Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics, Stanford, California (July, 2006) -- Presenter

o        Econometrics Society Summer Meetings, Minneapolis, Minnesota (June, 2006) -- Presenter

o        AEA Annual Meetings, Boston, Massachusetts (January, 2006) -- Discussant

o        North Carolina State University: Camp Resources, Wilmington, North Carolina (August 2005) -- Presenter

o        NBER Summer Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts (July 2005) -- Presenter

o        AAEA Annual Meetings, Providence, Rhode Island (July 2005) -- Discussant

o        Colorado University Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop, Vail, Colorado (October 2004) -- Keynote Speaker

o        Brown University S4 Colloquia Series, Providence, Rhode Island (September 2004) -- Invited Lecturer

o        North Carolina State University: Camp Resources, Wilmington, North Carolina (August 2004) -- Discussant

o        AERE Summer Workshop 2004: Distributional Effects of Environmental Policy, Estes Park, Colorado (June 2004) -- Presenter

o        4th Annual Public Economic Theory Conference, Durham, North Carolina (June 2003) -- Presenter

o        WIDER Conference on Inequality, Poverty and Human Well-Being, Helsinki, Finland (May 2003) -- Presenter

o        Workshop on Equilibrium Modeling Approaches at the Boundaries of Industrial Organization, Public Economics, and Environmental Economics, Stanford, California (February 2003) -- Presenter

o        WIDER Conference on Spatial Inequality in Latin America, Puebla, Mexico (Nov 2002) -- Presenter

o        IPEA Conference -- Diferenciais de Salarios no Brasil, Brasilia, Brazil (Nov 2002) -- Presenter

o        NBER Summer Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Aug 2002) -- Discussant

o        Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics, Stanford, California (August 2001) -- Presenter

o        Inter-American Development Bank Conference on Social Exclusion, Mexico City, Mexico (July 2001) -- Presenter

o        Potential Economic and Technological Impacts of Climate Change and Agricultural Research on Land Use and Productivity in PROCISUR Countries, São Paulo, Brazil (Dec 2000) -- Organizer

o        Symposium on Water Resource Management: Efficiency, Equity, and Policy, Nicosia, Cyprus (Sep 2000) -- Presenter and Discussant

o        International Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology Research, Ravello, Italy (Aug 2000) -- Presenter & Discussant

o        International Conference on Quantile Regressions, Konstanz, Germany (June 2000) -- Presenter

o        Cowles Conference on Strategy and Decision Making, New Haven, Connecticut (May 2000) -- Presenter

o        Johns Hopkins Applied Microeconomics Conference, Baltimore, Maryland (Apr 2000) -- Presenter

o        XXI Encontro Brasileiro de Econometria, Belem, Brazil (Dec 1999) -- wrote and taught short-course: "Structural Models in Environmental Economics"

o        Núcleo de Estudos e Modelos Espaciais Sistêmicos Pronex Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Dec 1999) -- Presenter

o        NBER Summer Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Aug 1999) -- Presenter

o        Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics, Stanford, California (July 1998) -- Presenter

o        NBER Winter Productivity Group Meeting, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Dec 1997) -- Discussant

Posted 20 January 2016