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James Archsmith

Assistant Professor

2214 Symons Hall 7998 Regents Drive College Park, Maryland 20742-5535


  • Energy Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Resource Economics



Dr. James Archsmith is an assistant professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland, specializing in energy/environmental economics, industrial organization, and applied econometrics.

His current research focuses on the costs and environmental impacts of regulations in electricity generation, automobile fuel economy standards, and programs promoting electric vehicle adoption to promote adoption of effective and low-cost environmental policies


PhD  University of California, Davis, 2018
MA  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2011
BSNRE  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1999


Areas of Interest: 

  • Evaluating emissions reduction policies in the face of short-run adjustment costs
  • Estimating Unit Commitment Costs in Wholesale Electricity Markets


Selected Publications:

Future paths of electric vehicle adoption in the United States: Predictable determinants, obstacles and opportunities with Erich Muehlegger and David Rapson, Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy vol. 3, January 2021, doi: 10.3386/w28933.

Attribute substitution in household vehicle portfolios with Gillingham, K., Knittel, C. R., and Rapson, D. S. The RAND Journal of Economics, Winter 2020, doi: 10.1111/1756-2171.12353.

Air Quality and Error Quantity: Pollution and Performance in a High-skilled, Quality-focused Occupation with Anthony Heyes and Soodeh Saberian, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, October 2018, doi: 10.1086/698728 .

From Cradle to Junkyard: Assessing the Life-cycle Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Electric Vehicles with Alissa Kendall and David Rapson, Research in Transportation Economics, October 2015, doi: 10.1016/j.retrec.2015.10 .