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Kopits, Elizabeth

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Current Research Interests:
Smart growth and land use
Land cleanup and reuse
Mobile source emissions
Climate change
Job Title:
Research and Program Support Division
Joined Program:
Ph.D., Economics, University of Maryland, 2004
Previous Experience:
Senior Economist, Council of Economic Advisors, 7/2008 - 7/2009
Research assistant, Resources for the Future, 6/2000 - 6/2004
Short-term consultant, World Bank, 9/2001 - 12/2003
Instructor and teaching assistant, Economics Department, University of Maryland, 1/1999 - 12/2000
Selected Publications:
"Estimating the Social Cost of Carbon for Use in U.S. Federal Rulemakings: A Summary and Interpretation" (with Michael Greenstone and Ann Wolverton). Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Forthcoming.

"The Social Cost of Carbon: Valuing Carbon Reductions in Policy Analysis" (with Charles Griffiths, Alex Marten, Chris Moore, Steve Newbold, and Ann Wolverton). Forthcoming in I Parry & R de Mooij (eds), Fiscal Policy to Mitigate Climate Change - A Guide for Policymakers, International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C.

“CERCLA's Overlooked Cleanup Program: Emergency Response and Removal” (with Robin Jenkins, Heather Klemick, and Alex Marten). Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 6(2), 2012.

“Lot Size, Zoning, and Suburban Housing Density” (with Virginia McConnell and Daniel Miles). Housing Policy Debate, 22(2), 2012.

“The Evolution of Solid and Hazardous Waste Regulation in the United States” (with Robin Jenkins and David Simpson), Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 3(1): 104-120, 2009.

"Big Yards or Green Space?" (with Virginia McConnell and Margaret Walls), Regulation, Vol. 31, No. 3, Fall 2008.

"Making Markets for Development Rights Work: What Determines Demand?" (with Virginia McConnell and Margaret Walls). Land Economics, 84(1), 2008.

"Why Have Traffic Fatalities Declined in Industrialized Countries? Implications for Pedestrians and Vehicle Occupants," (with Maureen Cropper). Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, 42(1): 129-154, 2008.

"The Tradeoff Between Private Lots and Public Open Space in Subdivisions at the Urban-Rural Fringe" (with Virginia McConnell and Margaret Walls). American Journal of Agricultural Economics 89: 1191-7, 2007.

"Measuring the Social Benefits of EPA Land Cleanup and Reuse Programs" (with Robin Jenkins and David Simpson), NCEE Working Paper Series Number 2006-03, September 2006.

"Zoning, TDRs and the Density of Development," (with Virginia McConnell and Margaret Walls). Journal of Urban Economics, 59(3): 440-457, 2006.

“Using Markets for Land Preservation: Results of a TDR Program,” (with Virginia McConnell and Margaret Walls). Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 49(5): 631-51, 2006.

“A Market Approach to Land Preservation,” (with Virginia McConnell and Margaret Walls). In The RFF Reader in Environmental and Resource Policy, 2nd Edition, edited by Wallace Oates, p. 151, 2006. (Originally published in Resources, No. 150, Spring, 2003.)

"Farmland Preservation and Density: Can Development Rights Markets Affect Land Use Change?" (with Virginia McConnell and Margaret Walls). Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, 34(2): 131-144, 2005.

“Traffic Fatalities and Economic Growth,” (with Maureen Cropper), Accident Analysis and Prevention, 37(1): 169-78, 2005.

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