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Dr. Roberton Williams III

Professor

Professor

Agricultural & Resource Economics 2200 Symons Hall 7998 Regents Drive College Park, Maryland 20742-5535

Expertise

  • Environmental Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Energy Economics

Biography

Biography:

Rob Williams studies both environmental policy and tax policy, with a particular focus on interactions between the two. In addition to his role at the University of Maryland, he is a university fellow at Resource for the Future and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was previously an associate professor at the University of Texas, Austin; a visiting research scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Williams has served as a coeditor of both the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Education:

Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University, 1999
A.B., Economics, magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1994

Research

Research Areas:

  • Public Economics

  • Environmental Economics

  • Microeconomic Theory

  • Taxation

  • Carbon Pricing

  • Climate Change Policy

  • Design of Environmental Regulations

  • Fuel Taxes

Publications

Selected Publications:

“Unemployment and Environmental Regulation in General Equilibrium,” with Marc Hafstead, Journal of Public Economics, 2018, 160:50-65.

 “Environmental Taxation,” in A. Auerbach and K. Smetters (eds.) The Economics of Tax Policy, Oxford University Press, 2017.

“Adding Quantity Certainty to a Carbon Tax: The Role of a Tax Adjustment Mechanism for Policy Pre-Commitment,” with Marc Hafstead and Gilbert Metcalf, Harvard Environmental Law Review Forum, 2017, 41:41-57.

“General Equilibrium Impacts of a Federal Clean Energy Standard,” with Lawrence Goulder and Marc Hafstead, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2016, 8(2):186-218.

“The Initial Incidence of a Carbon Tax across Income Groups,” with Hal Gordon, Dallas Burtraw, Jared Carbone, and Richard Morgenstern, National Tax Journal, 2015, 68(1):195-214.

Implementing a US Carbon Tax: Challenges and Debates, with Ian W.H. Parry, and Adele Morris, International Monetary Fund and Routledge Press, 2015.

“The Initial Incidence of a Carbon Tax across U.S. States,” with Hal Gordon, Dallas Burtraw, Jared Carbone, and Richard Morgenstern, National Tax Journal, 2014, 67(4):807-830.

“Growing State-Federal Conflicts in Environmental Policy: The Role of Market-Based Regulation,” Journal of Public Economics, 2012, 96(11-12):1092-1099.

“The Choice of Discount Rate for Climate Change Policy Evaluation,” with Lawrence H. Goulder, Climate Change Economics, 2012, 3(4), 1250024:1-18.

“A Simple Model of Optimal Hate Crime Legislation,” with Li Gan and Thomas Wiseman, Economic Inquiry, 2011, 49:674-684.

“Efficiency and Distributional Trade-Offs in Recycling Carbon Cap-and-Trade Revenues,” with Ian Parry, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 2010, 10(2): Article 9.