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Sheila M. Olmstead
Visiting Fellow
Sheila Olmstead is an associate professor of public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on natural resource management and pollution control, with a particular emphasis on water resource economics, including urban water demand management, market-based approaches to water conservation, drinking water quality regulation, access to drinking water among low-income populations, and the efficient allocation of water across sectors. Her recent work investigates the impacts of information disclosure on drinking water quality violations, regulatory avoidance under the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act, the influence of federal fire suppression policy on land development in the American West, and key components of a post-2012 international climate policy architecture.
Featured Publications
Shale gas development impacts on surface water quality in Pennsylvania
Sheila M. Olmstead, Lucija A. Muehlenbachs, Jhih-Shyang Shih, Ziyan Chu, and Alan J. Krupnick
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences | March 2013 | Vol. 110, No. 13 | pp. 4962-4967
The Value of Scarce Water: Measuring the Inefficiency of Municipal Regulations
Erin T. Mansur, Sheila M. Olmstead
Journal of Urban Economics | February 2012 | Vol. 71 | pp. 332-346
An Expanded Three-Part Architecture for Post-2012 International Climate Policy
Sheila M. Olmstead and Robert N. Stavins
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy | Winter 2012 | Vol. 6, No. 1 | pp.65-85
The Value of Household Water Service Quality in Lahore, Pakistan
Agha Ali Akram and Sheila Olmstead
Environmental and Resource Economics | June 2011 | Vol. 49, No. 2 | pp. 173-198
The Economics of Managing Scarce Water Resources
Sheila Olmstead
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy | Summer 2010 | Vol. 4, No. 2
The Economics of Water Quality
Sheila Olmstead
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy | Winter 2010 | Vol. 4, No. 1 | pp. 44-62
Applying market principles to environmental policy
Sheila M. Olmstead
Environmental Policy: New Directions for the Twenty-First Century, 7th edition | Norman J. Vig and Michael E. Kraft, eds. | Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press | 2010
The Impact of the ‘Right to Know’: Information Disclosure and the Violation of Drinking Water Standards
Sheila Olmstead and Lori Bennear
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | September 2008 | Vol. 56, No. 2 | pp. 117-130
Sampling Out: Regulatory Avoidance and the Total Coliform Rule
Sheila Olmstead, Lori S. Bennear and Katrina K. Jessoe
Environmental Science and Technology | July 2009 | Vol. 43, No. 14 | pp. 5176-5182
The Economic Valuation of Environmental Amenities and Disamenities: Methods and Applications
Sheila Olmstead and Robert Mendelsohn
Annual Review of Environment and Resources, | November 2009 | Vol. 34 | 325-347.
Comparing Price and Non-price Approaches to Water Conservation
Sheila Olmstead and Robert Stavins
Water Resources Research | April 2009 | Vol. 45
Reduced-form vs. Structural Models of Water Demand under Non-linear Prices
Sheila Olmstead
Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, | January 2009 | Vol. 27, No. 1 | pp. 84-94
Water Demand Under Alternative Price Structures
Sheila M. Olmstead, W. Michael Hanemann, and Robert N. Stavins
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | September 2007 | Vol. 54, No. 2 | pp. 181-198
A Meaningful Second Commitment Period for the Kyoto Protocol
Sheila Olmstead and Robert N. Stavins
The Economists’ Voice | June 2007 | Vol. 4, No. 3
Markets and the Environment: An Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics
Sheila Olmstead and Nathaniel O. Keohane
Washington, DC: Island Press | June 2007
The Whole and the Sum of its Parts: Comments on David Victor’s ‘Fragmented Carbon Markets and Reluctant Nations’
Architectures for Agreement: Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post-Kyoto World | Ed. Joseph Aldy and Robert Stavins | Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press | 2007
An International Policy Architecture for the Post-Kyoto Era
Sheila Olmstead and Robert N. Stavins
American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings | May 2006 | Vol. 96, No. 2 | pp. 35-38
Thirsty Colonias: Rate Regulation and the Provision of Water Service
Sheila Olmstead
Land Economics | February 2004 | Vol. 80, No. 1 | pp. 136-150
Water Supply and Poor Communities: What’s Price Got to Do with It?
Sheila Olmstead
Environment | December 2003 | Vol. 45, No. 10 | pp. 22-35
Environmental Regulation in the 1990s: A Retrospective Analysis
Sheila Olmstead, Robert W. Hahn and Robert N. Stavins
Harvard Environmental Law Review | July 2003 | Vol. 27, No. 2 | pp. 377-415
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The Economics of Shale Gas Development
Charles Mason, Lucija Anna Muehlenbachs, Sheila M. Olmstead
RFF Discussion Paper 14-42-REV | November 2014
Damming the Commons: An Empirical Analysis of International Cooperation and Conflict in Dam Location
Sheila M. Olmstead, Hilary Sigman
RFF Discussion Paper 14-23 | August 2014
Managing the Risks of Shale Gas Development Using Innovative Legal and Regulatory Approaches
Sheila M. Olmstead, Nathan Richardson
RFF Discussion Paper 14-15 | June 2014
Water Resources and Unconventional Fossil Fuel Development: Linking Physical Impacts to Social Costs
Yusuke Kuwayama , Sheila M. Olmstead, Alan J. Krupnick
RFF Discussion Paper 13-34 | November 2013
Induced development in risky locations: fire suppression and land use in the American West
Carolyn Kousky, Sheila Olmstead
Three Key Elements of Post-2012 International Climate Policy Architecture
Sheila M. Olmstead, Robert N. Stavins
RFF Discussion Paper 10-34 | June 2010
Comparing Price and Non-price Approaches to Urban Water Conservation
Sheila M. Olmstead, Robert N. Stavins
RFF Discussion Paper 08-22 | June 2008
Do Consumers React to the Shape of Supply? Water Demand under Heterogeneous Price Structures
Sheila M. Olmstead, W. Michael Hanemann, Robert N. Stavins
RFF Discussion Paper 05-29 | June 2005
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