Steven E. Sexton

Faculty Fellow in The Energy Initiative


Sexton holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from UC Berkeley and is assistant professor of public policy and economics at Duke University. He is also a faculty fellow of the Duke University Energy Initiative. His research focuses on agricultural economics and food policy, energy and environmental economics, and industrial organization. Relying on econometric methods and applying economic theory, Sexton has studied air pollution control policy, household electricity consumption, solar technology adoption, environmental impacts of local foods and genetically engineered crops, grain markets and biofuels, and climate change damage estimation and adaptation. His research is published in leading economics and agricultural and environmental economics journals, including Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, and Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of the Association of Environmental Economists, and Marketing Science. His research has been featured by U.S. and international media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Der Spiegel, The Australian,, Elle Australia, and Men’s Health. A past contributor to the Freakonomics blog, he is a former Executive Fellow in the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Mailing Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708