Lala Ma is a university fellow at RFF and an Associate Professor of Economics and holds the Carl F. Pollard Professorship of Health Economics in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. Her primary research field is environmental economics with a focus on non-market valuation. Her work can be broadly categorized into three areas: valuation as revealed through housing markets, valuation using direct impacts on health or environmental outcomes, and distributional and equity issues related to pollution exposure. Her recent topics of investigation include the environmental health impacts of shale gas development and the housing and equity impacts of flooding and wildfire risk. She received her PhD in Economics from Duke University in 2014.