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Reed Walker - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, US

Reed Walker Reed Walker

Associate Professor | Transamerica Chair in Business Strategy | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, UNITED STATES

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Areas of Expertise (3)

Energy and Environmental Economics

Labor Economics

Public Economics

About

Reed Walker is an Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy and Economics at UC Berkeley. His research explores the social costs of environmental externalities, such as air pollution and how regulations to limit these externalities contribute to gains and/or losses to the economy. He is the faculty co-director of the UC Berkeley Opportunity Lab's Climate and Environment Initiative. He is also a Research Associate at the Energy Institute at Berkeley, a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a research fellow at IZA. He received his PhD in economics from Columbia University.

Education (3)

Columbia University: PhD, Economics 2012

Columbia University: MA, Economics 2009

Colgate University: BA, Mathematical Economics 2004

Honors & Awards (2)

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan Research Fellowship

2017

IZA Young Labor Economist Award

2015

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 2014

2016 – present, Co-Director, Climate and Environment Initiative, UC Berkeley Opportunity Lab
2016 – present, Research Associate, Energy Institute at Haas
2014 – present, Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
2014 – present, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
2014 – present, Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
2012 – 2014, Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Media Appearances (5)

Donald Trump's environmental policies will actually make us stupider

Mother Jones  online

2018-08-28

A recent analysis by Assist. Prof. Reed Walker of the Business & Public Policy Group found strong regulations on air quality have been highly effective in the U.S., and air quality could have more impact on intellect than previously realized.

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Air pollution from U.S. manufacturing lower; regulations among other factors credited

Air Quality Manners  online

2018-08-18

The author discusses research by Asst. Prof. Reed Walker of the Haas Business & Public Policy Group that polluting emissions from U.S. manufacturing fell by 60 percent between 1990 and 2008—a period in which manufacturing output grew significantly—primarily because manufacturers adopted cleaner production methods in tandem with increasingly strict environmental regulation.

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Environmental regulations drove steep declines in U.S. factory pollution

UC Berkeley News  online

2018-08-09

Asst. Prof. Reed Walker's research finds that polluting emissions fell even when manufacturing output grew significantly, primarily because manufacturers adopted cleaner production methods in tandem with increasingly strict environmental regulation.

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Do Regulations Really Kill Jobs?

The Atlantic  online

2017-01-19

'For example, in a 2013 paper in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Berkeley economist W. Reed Walker followed what happened to workers at firms impacted by the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, which required polluting firms to obtain operating permits. He wanted to know whether workers who left newly-regulated companies were able to easily find other jobs (he did not know whether the workers were fired or quit, just that they left).'

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Can We Help the Losers in Climate Change?

MIT Technology Review  online

2016-08-08

'In economic theory, human mobility should benefit both the downtrodden areas people are leaving, by tightening the job market, and the more prosperous ones that need new workers. Subsidizing migration, though, has moral and political implications that many find unsettling. “There’s a psychic cost to relocating—if there weren’t, we’d see a lot more mobility in the U.S. than we do,” says Reed Walker, an assistant professor at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.'

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Selected Papers & Publications (11)

The Distribution of Environmental Damages Review of Environmental Economics and Policy

Reed Walker, Solomon Hsiang, and Paulina Oliva

2018

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Why is Pollution from U.S. Manufacturing Declining? The Roles of Environmental Regulation, Productivity, and Trade American Economic Review

Reed Walker and Joseph Shapiro

2018

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Regulating Mismeasured Pollution: Implications of Firm Heterogeneity for Environmental Policy American Economic Review – Papers and Proceedings

Reed Walker, Eva Lyubich, and Joseph Shapiro

2018

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The Relationship Between Season of Birth, Temperature Exposure, and Later Life Well-Being Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Reed Walker, Adam Isen, and Maya Rossin-Slater

2017

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Every Breath You Take - Every Dollar You'll Make: The Long-Term Consequences of the Clean Air Act of 1970 Journal of Political Economy

Reed Walker, Adam Isen, and Maya Rossin-Slater

2017

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Airports, Air Pollution, and Contemporaneous Health Review of Economic Studies

Reed Walker and Wolfram Schlenker

2016

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Environmental Health Risks and Housing Values: Evidence from 1600 Toxic Plant Openings and Closings American Economic Review

Reed Walker, Janet Currie, Lucas Davis, and Michael Greenstone

2015

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The Transitional Costs of Sectoral Reallocation: Evidence from the Clean Air Act and the Workforce Quarterly Journal of Economics

Reed Walker

2013

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Traffic Congestion and Infant Health: Evidence from E-ZPass American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

Reed Walker and Janet Currie

2011

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Environmental Regulation and Labor Reallocation: Evidence from the Clean Air Act American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings

Reed Walker

2011

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Explaining the Determinants of Operating Budgets at U.S. National Parks Public Finance Review

Reed Walker and Robert Turner

2006

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