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Christopher D. Timmins, Professor

Christopher D. Timmins

Christopher D. Timmins is a Professor in the Department of Economics at Duke University, with a secondary appointment in Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. He holds a BSFS degree from Georgetown University and a PhD in Economics from Stanford University. Professor Timmins was an Assistant Professor in the Yale Department of Economics before joining the faculty at Duke in 2004. His professional activities include teaching, research, and editorial responsibilities. Professor Timmins specializes in natural resource and environmental economics, but he also has interests in industrial organization, development, public and regional economics. He works on developing new methods for non-market valuation of local public goods and amenities, with a particular focus on hedonic techniques and models of residential sorting. His recent research has focused on measuring the costs associated with exposure to poor air quality, the benefits associated with remediating brownfields and toxic waste under the Superfund program, the valuation of non-marginal changes in disamenities, and the causes and consequences of "environmental injustice".

Professor Timmins is a research associate in the Environmental and Energy Economics group at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and has served as a reviewer for numerous environmental, urban, and applied microeconomics journals as well as governments agencies and foundations. He has served as a co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and as an editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  209 Social Sciences Bldg, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 357-0473
Email Address: send me a message
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Teaching (Spring 2023):

    Social Sciences 113, M 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
Office Hours:

Available upon request

Ph.D.Stanford University1997
B.S.Georgetown University1991

Environmental and Resource Economics
Public Economics
Urban and Real Estate Economics
Industrial Organization
Research Interests:

Professor Timmins specializes in the subjects of environmental and natural resource economics, industrial organization, and development, public, and regional economics. He works primarily on questions of non-market valuation techniques with particular interests in hedonic methods and estimable Tiebout sorting models. He has researched questions dealing with air pollution, climate change, toxic waste and other locally undesirable land uses, hydraulic fracturing, and environmental justice. Professor Timmins has received funding from National Science Foundation and from the Environmental Protection Agency.


Air Pollution • Climate Change • Development Economics • Environmental Economics • Environmental Justice • Fracking • Hedonic Valuation • Hydraulic Fracturing • Muser Mentor • Natural Gas • Public Finance • Regional Economics • Sorting Models • Tiebout Models

Curriculum Vitae  Bio
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Muehlenbachs, L; Spiller, E; Timmins, C, The housing market impacts of shale gas development, American Economic Review, vol. 105 no. 12 (December, 2015), pp. 3633-3659, American Economic Association, ISSN 0002-8282 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Depro, B; Timmins, C; O’neil, M, White flight and coming to the nuisance: can residential mobility explain environmental injustice?, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 2 no. 3 (September, 2015), pp. 439-468, University of Chicago Press, ISSN 2333-5955 [682716], [doi]  [abs]
  3. Kuminoff, NV; Smith, VK; Timmins, C, The new economics of equilibrium sorting and policy evaluation using housing markets, Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 51 no. 4 (December, 2013), pp. 1007-1062, American Economic Association, ISSN 0022-0515 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Gamper-Rabindran, S; Timmins, C, Does cleanup of hazardous waste sites raise housing values? Evidence of spatially localized benefits, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, vol. 65 no. 3 (May, 2013), pp. 345-360, ISSN 0095-0696 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Bajari, P; Fruehwirth, JC; Kim, KI; Timmins, C, A rational expectations approach to hedonic price regressions with time-varying unobserved product attributes: The price of pollution, American Economic Review, vol. 102 no. 5 (August, 2012), pp. 1898-1926, American Economic Association, ISSN 0002-8282 [doi]  [abs]

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