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Biographical Info of 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". He has also recently begun a new research project on the social costs of hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas.

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. He currently serves on the editorial board of the American Economic Review and is a co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Along with publishing his research findings and ideas, Professor Timmins has presented his work at conferences and seminars throughout the nation and the world. He recently taught a short course on hedonic valuation methods at the University of Stirling for the Scottish Institute on Research in Economics.

When Professor Timmins is not fulfilling his duties as a teacher and researcher, he also serves on the oversight committees for Duke's Energy Initiative and the Undergraduate Certificate in Energy and Environment, the advisory board for the Social Sciences Research Institute, and several dissertation committees in the Nicholas School.

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