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Margaret A. Walls
Research Director and Senior Fellow
202-328-5092
walls@rff.org
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PROFILE
Margaret Walls’s current research focuses on issues related to urban land use, ecosystem services, parks, and energy efficiency. She has analyzed transferable development rights programs for managing land use in urban fringe areas, assessed the value of different types of parks and open space, and investigated energy efficiency issues in buildings. In 2008 and 2009, she was the study director for the Outdoor Resources Review Group. From 2010 to 2013, Walls was the first appointee to the Thomas J. Klutznick Chair at RFF. Walls has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Public Economics, National Tax Journal, Journal of Urban Economics, and Journal of Economic Literature, among others. Walls also has a personal website available here.
  
Featured Publications
Dedicated Funds for Parks: Designing the Right Approach
Margaret Walls
Parks and Recreation magazine | March 2013
 
Strategically Placing Green Infrastructure: Cost-Effective Land Conservation in the Floodplain
Kousky, C., S. M. Olmstead, M. A. Walls, and M. Macauley
Environmental Science & Technology | DOI: 10.1021/es303938c
 
Borrowing to Save Energy: An Assessment of Energy-Efficiency Financing Programs
Karen L. Palmer, Margaret A. Walls, Todd Gerarden
RFF Report | April 2012
 
Zoning on the Urban Fringe: Results from a New Approach to Modeling Land and Housing Markets
Nicholas Magliocca, Virginia McConnell, Margaret Walls, and Elena Safirova
Regional Science and Urban Economics | January 2012 | 42 | pp 198-210
 
The Role of Land Use in Adaptation to Increased Precipitation and Flooding: A Case Study in Wisconsin’s Lower Fox River Basin
Carolyn Kousky, Sheila M. Olmstead, Margaret A. Walls, Adam Stern, Molly K. Macauley
RFF Report | November 2011
 
An Agent-Based Model of Coupled Housing and Land Markets
Nicholas Magliocca, Elena Safirova, Virginia McConnell, and Margaret Walls
Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems | May 2011 | Vol. 35, No.3 | pp. 183-191
 
Connecting Americans to the Great Outdoors
Margaret A. Walls, Juha V. Siikamäki
Resources | Summer 2010 (175)
 
Climate Policy’s Uncertain Outcomes for Households: The Role of Complex Allocation Schemes in Cap-and-Trade
Joshua Blonz, Dallas Burtraw, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 10-12-REV | March 2010
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The Incidence of U.S. Climate Policy: Alternative Uses of Revenue from a Cap-and-Trade Auction
Dallas Burtraw, Richard Sweeney, and Margaret Walls
National Tax Journal | September 2009 | Vol. 62 | 497-518 | Related Discussion Paper 09-17-REV
 
The State of the Great Outdoors: America's Parks, Public Lands, and Recreation Resources
Margaret A. Walls, Sarah R Darley, Juha V. Siikamäki
RFF Report | September 2009
 
Policy Monitor: U.S. Experience with Transferable Development Rights
Virginia McConnell and Margaret Walls
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy | June 2009 | Vol 3, no. 2 | 288-303
 
The Tradeoff between Private Lots and Public Open Space in Subdivisions at the Urban-Rural Fringe
Elizabeth Kopits, Virginia McConnell, and Margaret Walls
American Journal of Agricultural Economics | 2007 | Vol. 89, No.5 | pp. 1191-1197 | Related Discussion Paper 07-33
 
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DISCUSSION PAPERS
Flooding and Resilience: Valuing Conservation Investments in a World with Climate Change
Carolyn Kousky, Margaret A. Walls, Ziyan Chu
RFF Discussion Paper 13-38 | December 2013
 
Floodplain Conservation as a Flood Mitigation Strategy: Examining Costs and Benefits
Carolyn Kousky, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 13-22-REV | October 2013
 
Is What You See What You Get? The Value of Natural Landscape Views
Margaret A. Walls, Carolyn Kousky, Ziyan Chu
RFF Discussion Paper 13-25 | August 2013
 
Is Energy Efficiency Capitalized into Home Prices? Evidence from Three US Cities
Margaret A. Walls, Karen L. Palmer, Todd Gerarden
RFF Discussion Paper 13-18 | July 2013
 
Policies to Encourage Home Energy Efficiency Improvements: Comparing Loans, Subsidies, and Standards
Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 12-47 | December 2012
 
Markets for Development Rights: Lessons Learned from Three Decades of a TDR Program
Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 12-49 | December 2012
 
Explaining Sprawl with an Agent-Based Model of Exurban Land and Housing Markets
Nicholas Magliocca, Virginia D. McConnell, Margaret A. Walls, Elena A. Safirova
RFF Discussion Paper 11-33 | June 2012
 
Zoning on the Urban Fringe: Results from a New Approach to Modeling Land and Housing Markets
Nicholas Magliocca, Virginia D. McConnell, Margaret A. Walls, Elena A. Safirova
RFF Discussion Paper 11-32 | May 2012
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Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, and Land Use: Comparing Three Federal Policies
Margaret A. Walls, Anne Riddle
RFF Discussion Paper 12-08 | February 2012
 
Deposit-Refund Systems in Practice and Theory
Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 11-47 | November 2011
 
Assessing the Energy Efficiency Information Gap: Results from a Survey of Home Energy Auditors
Karen L. Palmer, Margaret A. Walls, Hal Gordon, Todd Gerarden
RFF Discussion Paper 11-42 | October 2011
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How Do the Costs of Climate Policy Affect Households? The Distribution of Impacts by Age, Income, and Region
Joshua Blonz, Dallas Burtraw, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper DP 10-55 | January 2011
 
Climate Policy’s Uncertain Outcomes for Households: The Role of Complex Allocation Schemes in Cap-and-Trade
Joshua Blonz, Dallas Burtraw, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 10-12-REV | March 2010
Related journal article
 
The Incidence of U.S. Climate Policy: Alternative Uses of Revenues from a Cap-and-Trade Auction
Dallas Burtraw, Richard Sweeney, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 09-17-REV | June 2009
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The Incidence of U.S. Climate Policy: Where You Stand Depends on Where You Sit
Dallas Burtraw, Richard Sweeney, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 08-28 | September 2008
 
The Trade-off between Private Lots and Public Open Space in Subdivisions at the Urban-Rural Fringe
Elizabeth A. Kopits, Virginia D. McConnell, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 07-33 | July 2007
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What Drives Telecommuting? The Relative Impact of Worker Demographics, Employer Characteristics, and Job Types
Margaret A. Walls, Elena A. Safirova, Yi Jiang
RFF Discussion Paper 06-41 | October 2006
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Automobile Externalities and Policies
Ian W.H. Parry, Margaret A. Walls, Winston Harrington
RFF Discussion Paper 06-26 | June 2006
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Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Design: Economic Theory and Selected Case Studies
Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 06-08 | March 2006
 
Making Markets for Development Rights Work: What Determines Demand
Elizabeth A. Kopits, Virginia D. McConnell, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 05-45 | October 2005
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Zoning, TDRs, and the Density of Development
Virginia D. McConnell, Margaret A. Walls, Elizabeth A. Kopits
RFF Discussion Paper 05-32 | July 2005
 
The Incidence of Pollution Control Policies
Ian W.H. Parry, Hilary Sigman, Margaret A. Walls, Roberton C. Williams III
RFF Discussion Paper 05-24 | June 2005
 
Telecommuting and Emissions Reductions: Evaluating Results from the ecommute Program
Margaret A. Walls, Per-Kristian C Nelson
RFF Discussion Paper 04-42 | December 2004
 
What Have We Learned from a Recent Survey of Teleworkers? Evaluating the 2002 SCAG Survey
Elena A. Safirova, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 04-43 | December 2004
 
A Review of the Literature on Telecommuting and Its Implications for Vehicle Travel and Emissions
Margaret A. Walls, Elena A. Safirova
RFF Discussion Paper 04-44 | December 2004
 
Incentive-Based Land Use Policies and Water Quality in the Chesapeake Bay
Margaret A. Walls, Virginia D. McConnell
RFF Discussion Paper 04-20 | April 2004
 
How Local Governments Structure Contracts with Private Firms: Economic Theory and Evidence on Solid Waste and Recycling Contracts
Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 03-62 | December 2003
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How Well Can Markets for Development Rights Work? Evaluating a Farmland Preservation Program
Virginia D. McConnell, Elizabeth A. Kopits, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 03-08 | March 2003
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The Role of Economics in Extended Producer Responsibility: Making Policy Choices and Setting Policy Goals
Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 03-11 | March 2003
 
Waste, Recycling, and Design for Environment: Roles for Markets and Policy Instruments
Paul Calcott, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 00-30-REV | December 2002
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The Organization of Local Solid Wasteand Recycling Markets: Public andPrivate Provision of Services
Margaret A. Walls, Molly K. Macauley, Soren T. Anderson
RFF Discussion Paper 02-35-REV | May 2002
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Policies to Encourage Recycling and Design for Environment: What to Do When Markets are Missing
Paul Calcott, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 00-30 | June 2000
 
Upstream Pollution, Downstream Waste Disposal, and the Design of Comprehensive Environmental Policies
Margaret A. Walls, Karen L. Palmer
RFF Discussion Paper 97-51-REV | January 2000
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Extended Product Responsibility: An Economic Assessment of Alternative Policies
Karen L. Palmer, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 99-12 | January 1999
 
Examining the Relationships Between Urban Density, Transit Availability, and Vehicle Travel: Results from a Nested Logit Model of Vehicle Choice
Alan J. Krupnick, Winston Harrington, and Margaret Walls
1998
 
Who's in the Driver's Seat? Mobile Source Policy in the U.S. Federal System
Winston Harrington, Virginia D. McConnell, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 96-34 | September 1996
 
The Cost of Reducing Municipal Solid Waste
Karen L. Palmer, Hilary Sigman, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 96-35 | September 1996
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Distributional Impacts of an Environmental Tax Shift: The Case of Motor Vehicle Emissions Taxes
Margaret A. Walls, Jean Hanson
RFF Discussion Paper 96-11 | January 1996
 
Evaluating the Costs of Compliance with Mobile Source Emission Control Requirements: Retrospective Analysis
Virginia D. McConnell, Margaret A. Walls, Winston Harrington
RFF Discussion Paper 95-36 | August 1995
 
Solid Waste Reduction and Resource Conservation: Assessing the Goals of Government Policy
Molly K. Macauley, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 95-32 | July 1995
 
The Cost of Reducing Municipal Solid Waste: Comparing Deposit-Refunds, Advance Disposal Fees, Recycling Subsidies, and Recycling Rate Standards
Karen L. Palmer, Hilary Sigman, Margaret A. Walls, Ken Harrison, Steve Puller
RFF Discussion Paper 95-33 | July 1995
 
  
NEWS
Adequate funding for parks a priority
Saturday, December 14, 2013
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Let’s Take a Step Back From the Fracking Issue
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The Wall Street Journal
In wake of Hurricane Sandy, Oklahoma tornadoes, NSF awards $32 million in hazards sustainability grants
Monday, October 21, 2013
National Science Foundation
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