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Lori S. Bennear, Associate Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy and Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Publc Policy and Associate Professor of Economics and Faculty Network Member of Energy Initiative and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society  

Office Location: 9 Circuit Drive, Environment Hall 4117, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 613-8083
Duke Box: 90328
Email Address: lori.bennear@duke.edu
Web Page: http://www.duke.edu/~lds5
Web Page: http://kenan.ethics.duke.edu/regulation/about/rethinking-regulation/

Areas of Expertise

  • Environment and Energy, Environmental Law, Regulation and Policy

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2002
M.A., Yale University, 1996
AB, Occidental College

Research Categories: Environmental Economics. Evaluation of effectiveness of environmental regulations

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. LS Bennear. "What do we really know? The effect of reporting thresholds on inferences using environmental right-to-know data." REGULATION & GOVERNANCE 2.3 (September, 2008): 293-315. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  2. LS Bennear and SM Olmstead. "The impacts of the "right to know": Information disclosure and the violation of drinking water standards." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 56.2 (2008): 117-130. [doi]  [abs]
  3. LS Bennear and RN Stavins. "Second-best theory and the use of multiple policy instruments." Environmental and Resource Economics 37.1 (2007): 111-129. [doi]  [abs]
  4. LS Bennear. "Are management-based regulations effective? evidence from state pollution prevention programs." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 26.2 (2007): 327-348. [doi]  [abs]
  5. L.S. Bennear, R.N. Stavins, A. Wagner. "Private Options to Use Public Goods: Using Revealed Preferences to Estimate Environmental Benefits." Journal of Regulatory Economics 28.2 (2005): 157-180.
  6. LS Bennear and C Coglianese. "Measuring progress: Program evaluaton of environmental policies." Environment 47.2 (2005): 22-39. [doi]
  7. LD Snyder, NH Miller and RN Stavins. "The effects of environmental regulation on technology diffusion: The case of chlorine manufacturing." American Economic Review 93.2 (2003): 431-435. [doi]
  8. JL Sadd, MP Jr, JT Boer and LD Snyder. ""Every breath you take ... ": The demographics of toxic air releases in Southern California." Economic Development Quarterly 13.2 (May, 1999): 107-123.  [abs]
  9. L.S. Bennear with Tom Boer, James Sadd, and Manuel Pastor. "Is There Environmental Racism: An Empirical Analysis of the Geographical Distribution of Hazardous Waste Facilities in Los Angeles County." Social Science Quarterly (December, 1997).
  10. LS Bennear. "Evaluating Management-Based Regulation: A Valuable Tool in the Regulatory Tool Box?." Leveraging the Private Sector: Management-Based Strategies for Improving Environmental Performance. Ed. C Coglianese and J Nash. Resources for the Future Press, (2006).
  11. LS Bennear and C Coglianese. "Program Evaluation of Environmental Policies: Toward Evidence-Based Decision Making." Decision Making for the Environment: Social and Behavioral Science Research Priorities. Ed. GD Brewer and PC Stern. National Academies Press, (2005).
  12. LS Bennear, KK Jessoe and SM Olmstead. "Sampling out: regulatory avoidance and the Total Coliform Rule.." Environ Sci Technol 43.14 (July, Submitted, 2009): 5176-5182. [19708338]  [abs]
  13. L.S. Bennear, M. Baker-Goering, M. Lenox. "The Effectiveness of Information Disclosure: An Examination of the TRI."  2008
  14. M.B. Sullivan, L.S. Bennear, W.E. Painter, Jr.. "A Quasi-experimental Examination of Family Centered Treatment┬«: Outcomes for a Juvenile Delinquent Population."  2008
  15. L.S. Bennear and K.L. Dickinson. "The Role of Program Evaluation in Environmental Policy: A Critical Evaluation of the Incentives Created by GPRA and PART.."  2008 [pdf]

Curriculum Vitae

My research focuses on evaluating environmental policies and improving methods and techniques for conducting these evaluations. While the field of policy evaluation is a broad one, my specific niche is in bringing rigorous quantitative methods to evaluate environmental policy innovations along four dimensions.  (1) Evaluating the effectiveness of environmental policies and programs. This line of research uses statistical analysis to estimate the extent to which environmental policies such as information disclosure and management-based regulations actually improve corporate environmental performance, change household behavior, or improve individual environmental health indicators. (2) Evaluating strategic behavioral responses to non-traditional regulatory regimes. Environmental policies create incentives and in responding to these incentives, regulated entities sometimes behave strategically in ways that undermine program effectiveness.  This line of research seeks to illuminate these strategic behavioral responses and quantify the magnitude of their impact.  (3)  Assessing the distributional impacts of these new regulatory regimes. My research in this area evaluates whether innovations in regulatory policy result in uneven distribution of environmental impacts on lower income or minority communities.  (4)  Evaluating the role of program evaluation in environmental policy. My research identifies the barriers to and facilitators of increased use of evaluation in environmental policy.

Environmental and natural resource economics, applied microeconomics, and empirical methods. Her research focuses on estimating the effect of different regulatory innovations on measures of facility-level environmental performance, such as pollution levels, chemical use, and technology choice. Recent work has focused on measuring the effectiveness of management-based regulations, which require each regulated entity to develop its own internal rules and initiates to achieve reductions in pollution, as well as the effectiveness of regulations that mandate public reporting of toxic emissions.

Lori S. Bennear