Casey J. Wichman performs research at the intersection of environmental and public economics, with an emphasis on examining the ways in which individuals make decisions in response to environmental policies using quasi-experimental techniques. In particular, Wichman’s work analyzes the effectiveness of price and non-price interventions for water conservation, the role of information in the design of environmental policy, and the effect of water scarcity in the energy sector.
Wichman is in RFF’s Land, Water, and Nature Program.
PhD in agricultural and resource economics, University of Maryland, College Park, 2015
MS in agricultural and resource economics, University of Maryland, College Park, 2014
MS in economics, North Carolina State University, 2011
BA in economics, cum laude, Ithaca College, 2009
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We use data on millions of bike-share trips to show how climate change will affect outdoor recreation. By midcentury, recreation will increase due to fewer cold days each year.
Reconciling domestic and global estimates of the social cost of carbon will be a necessary challenge to construct effective climate policy, especially to the extent that other countries look to the United States for climate leadership.
Bike-share users may trade off their time to save money by going out of the way to avoid a price increase. We estimate how users value time in this context: commuters value time more than recreational users, but neither group responds to changes in price.
To credibly measure the effectiveness of public policies, when feasible, pilot programs with randomized control groups should be considered and rolled out first, to facilitate reliable program evaluations—before widespread implementation.