Researcher Profile

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Benjamin Leard


Topics of Interest

Ben Leard's research covers several areas of environmental and energy economics, with a particular focus on distributional issues in climate change policy and regulation in the transportation sector. His work on climate change has evaluated the tradeoffs between efficiency and distributional outcomes of several mechanisms for promoting emissions reductions from carbon offsets in cap-and-trade programs. In his work on transportation, Leard explores how fuel economy standards may impact consumers differently depending on the variation in consumer preferences for vehicle attributes.

Leard is in RFF’s Energy and Climate Program.


PhD in applied economics and management, Cornell University, 2014

BS in mathematics and economics, James Madison University, 2008

Recent Work

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