Lori Snyder Bennear

Associate Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy
Associate Professor in the Department of Economics
Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Publc Policy
Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
My research focuses on evaluating environmental policies and improving methods and techniques for conducting these evaluations. While the field of policy evaluation is a broad one, my specific niche is in bringing rigorous quantitative methods to evaluate environmental policy innovations along four dimensions.  (1) Evaluating the effectiveness of environmental policies and programs. This line of research uses statistical analysis to estimate the extent to which environmental policies such as information disclosure and management-based regulations actually improve corporate environmental performance, change household behavior, or improve individual environmental health indicators. (2) Evaluating strategic behavioral responses to non-traditional regulatory regimes. Environmental policies create incentives and in responding to these incentives, regulated entities sometimes behave strategically in ways that undermine program effectiveness.  This line of research seeks to illuminate these strategic behavioral responses and quantify the magnitude of their impact.  (3)  Assessing the distributional impacts of these new regulatory regimes. My research in this area evaluates whether innovations in regulatory policy result in uneven distribution of environmental impacts on lower income or minority communities.  (4)  Evaluating the role of program evaluation in environmental policy. My research identifies the barriers to and facilitators of increased use of evaluation in environmental policy.

Education

  • Ph.D., Harvard University (2002)
  • M.A., Yale University (1996)

Mailing Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708

 
Feb
22
Location: Environment Hall, 2nd floor Art Gallery
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Feb
22
Location: Kirby Reading Room, Fuqua School of Business
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Feb
23
Location: Duke in DC, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 500, Washington, D.C.
Time: 8:00 am to 1:30 pm