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Dr. Anna Alberini


2210 Symons Hall 7998 Regents Drive College Park, Maryland 20742-5535


  • Environmental Economics
  • Energy Economics
  • Econometrics and Statistics



Anna Alberini received her PhD in economics from the University of California San Diego. She is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resources Economics at UMD. She currently teaches PhD-level econometrics and an undergraduate course on the economics of climate change, and supervises numerous graduate and undergraduate research projects. She is an energy economist and an environmental economist with a major focus on the economics of health and safety and non-market valuation. Her energy economics research focuses on residential energy demand, energy efficiency decisions and consequences of such decisions, policies targeted as shaping residential energy demand, and on vehicle fuel economy and driving decisions. Alberini is currently a member of the Editorial Board of The Energy Journal, the International Advisory Board of Energy Policy, and an associate Editor of Energy Efficiency. She is also the Chair of the American Statistical Association’s Advisory Committee to the US Energy Information Administration, and has previously served two stints on the US EPA Science Advisory Board—Environmental Economics.


Ph.D. in Economics, University of California, San Diego, December 1992.
M.A. in Economics, December 1989.
B.A. in Economics, University of Venice, November 1987.


Areas of Interest: 

  • Energy economics work focused on residential energy consumption and on the adoption and effects of energy efficiency technologies in people’s homes
  • Evaluation of policies aimed at reducing emissions from automobiles
  • Estimation and valuation of health effects of environmental quality
  • Valuation of mortality and morbidity risk reductions delivered by environmental and safety policies
  • non market valuation


Selected Publications:

Alberini, Anna, Jevgenijs Steinbuks, and Govinda Timilsina (2020), “How Valuable is the Reliability of Residential Electricity Supply in Low-Income Countries? Evidence from Nepal,” forthcoming in The Energy Journal.

Alberini, Anna, and Marco Horvath (2021), “All Car Taxes are Not Created Equal: Evidence from Germany,” forthcoming in Energy Economics, available at 

Alberini, Anna, and Milan Ščasný (2020), “On the Validity of the Estimates of the VSL from Contingent Valuation: Evidence from the Czech Republic,” forthcoming, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty (February 2021), available at

Alberini, Anna, Olha Khymych, and Milan Ščasný (2020), “Responsiveness to Energy Price Changes when Salience is High: Residential Natural Gas Demand in Ukraine,” Energy Policy, 144, available at

Alberini, Anna, Valeria di Cosmo, and Andrea Bigano (2019), “How Are Fuel Efficient Cars Priced? Evidence from Eight EU Countries,” Energy Policy, 134, November, available at

Alberini, Anna, and Markus Bareit (2019), “The Effect of Registration Taxes on New Car Sales and Emissions: Evidence from Switzerland,” Resource and Energy Economics, 56, 96-112.

Alberini, Anna, Giuseppe Prettico, Chang Shen, and Jacopo Torriti (2019), “Hot Weather and Hourly Residential Electricity Demand in Italy,” forthcoming in Energy.

Alberini, Anna (2019), “Revealed v. Stated Preferences: What Have We Learned about Valuation and Behaviors?” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 13(2), Summer 2019, 283–298.

Cerruti, Davide, Anna Alberini and Joshua Linn (2019), “Charging Drivers by the Pound: The Effect of the VED System in the UK,” Environmental and Resource Economics, available at

Alberini, Anna, Olha Khymych, and Milan Ščasný (2019), “Response to Extreme Price Changes: Evidence from Ukraine,” The Energy Journal, 40(1), 189-212.

Alberini, Anna, Milan Ščasný and Andrea Bigano (2018), “Policy- v. Individual Heterogeneity in the Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation: Evidence from a Stated-Preference Survey,” Energy Policy, 121, 565-575.

Alberini, Anna (2018), “Household Energy Use, Energy Efficiency, Emissions, and Behaviors,” Energy Efficiency, 11(3), 577-588, available at

Alberini, Anna, Markus Bareit, Massimo Filippini, and Adan Martinez-Cruz (2018), “The Impact of Emissions-based Taxes on the Retirement of Used and Inefficient Vehicles: The Case of Switzerland,” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 88, 234-258.

Alberini, Anna, and Massimo Filippini (2018), “Transient and Persistent Energy Efficiency in the US Residential Sector: Evidence from Household-level Data,” Energy Efficiency, 11(3), 589-601.

Alberini, Anna and Milan Ščasný (2018), “The Benefits of Avoiding Cancer (or Dying from Cancer): Evidence from a Four-country Study,” Journal of Health Economics, 57, 249-262.

Alberini, Anna, Andrea Bigano, Milan Šcasný, and Iva Zverinová (2017), “Preferences for Energy Efficiency vs. Renewables: How Much Does a Ton of CO2 Emissions Cost?” forthcoming in Ecological Economics.

Alberini, Anna, and Markus Bareit (2017), “The Effect of Registration Taxes on New Car Sales and Emissions: Evidence from Switzerland,” forthcoming in Resource and Energy Economics, available at

Miller, Mark, and Anna Alberini (2016), “Sensitivity of Price Elasticity of Demand to Aggregation, Unobserved Heterogeneity, Price Trends, and Price Endogeneity: Evidence from US Data,” Energy Policy, 97, 235-249.