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Dr. Roberton Williams III

Professor

2126 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 the Chief Economist for the Climate Leadership Council, a University Fellow at Resources 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:

“Designing and Evaluating a Carbon Tax Adjustment Mechanism to Reduce Emissions Uncertainty,” with Marc Hafstead, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2020, 14(1):95-113.

“Jobs and Environmental Regulation,” with Marc Hafstead, Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy, 2020, 1:192-240.

“How to Change U.S. Climate Policy After There Is a Price on Carbon” Hamilton Project Policy Proposal 2019-15 (2019).

“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.

“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.