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Lucas Davis

Lucas W. Davis

Associate Professor
Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group
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Academic Status: On duty
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Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)


BA, Magna Cum Laude, Amherst College

MS, Economics, University of Wisconsin

PhD, Economics, University of Wisconsin

Positions Held

At Haas since 2009

2012 - present, Associate Professor, Haas School of Business
2009 - 2012, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business

2008 - 2009, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, MIT
2005 - 2009, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Michigan


External Service and Assignments

  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Co-Editor, Journal of Public Economics

Current Research and Interests

  • Energy and Environmental Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Public Finance

Selected Papers and Publications

  • "The Equity and Efficiency of Two-Part Tariffs in U.S. Natural Gas Markets" (with Severin Borenstein), Journal of Law and Economics, 2012, 55(1), 75-128.
  • "Prospects for Nuclear Power", Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2012, 26(1), 49-66.
  • "Deregulation, Consolidation, and Efficiency: Evidence from U.S. Nuclear Power" (with Catherine Wolfram), American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2012, 4(4), 194-225.
  • “The Allocative Cost of Price Ceilings in the U.S. Residential Market for Natural Gas” (with Lutz Kilian), Journal of Political Economy, 2011, 119(2), 212-241.
  • “The Effect of Power Plants on Local Housing Prices and Rents: Evidence from Restricted Census Microdata” Review of Economics and Statistics, 2011, 93(4), 1391-1402.
  • “International Trade in Used Vehicles: The Environmental Consequences of NAFTA” (with Matthew E. Kahn), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2010, 2(4), 58-82.
  • “Do Americans Consume Too Little Natural Gas? An Empirical Test of Marginal Cost Pricing” (with Erich Muehlegger), RAND Journal of Economics, 2010, 41(4), 791-810.
  • “Durable Goods and Residential Demand for Energy and Water: Evidence from a Field Trial” RAND Journal of Economics, 2008, 39(2), 530-546.
  • “The Effect of Driving Restrictions on Air Quality in Mexico City” Journal of Political Economy, 2008, 116(1), 38-81.


  • Data and Decisions
  • Energy and Environmental Markets

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