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Margaret A. Walls

Senior Fellow

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Margaret Walls’s current research focuses on issues related to community resilience, ecosystem services, parks and public lands, and building energy efficiency.

Walls’s work on resilience assesses the factors that affect household location decisions in coastal areas and how risks from coastal storms are perceived and evaluated vis-à-vis coastal amenities. She has estimated the value of natural lands—such as wetlands—in providing protection from hurricanes and flooding, and is evaluating and comparing alternative policy instruments to alter coastal land use patterns.

On parks and public lands, Walls has written on financing and funding options for state and city parks. In 2008 and 2009, she was the study director for the Outdoor Resources Review Group, a bipartisan commission of experts assessing status and trends in conservation, public lands, and outdoor recreation resources.

From 2010 to 2013, Walls was the first appointee to the Thomas J. Klutznick Chair at RFF. She was an associate professor in the Department of Economics at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, from 1996 through 2000. Walls has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Public EconomicsNational Tax Journal, Journal of Urban Economics, and Journal of Economic Literature, among others.

Walls is in RFF’s Land, Water, and Nature Program.


PhD in economics, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1988
BS in agricultural economics, University of Kentucky, 1981

Recent Work

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