Reed Walker is the Transamerica Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy and Economics at UC Berkeley. His research explores the social costs of environmental externalities such as air pollution and how regulations to limit these externalities contribute to gains and/or losses to the economy. He is the faculty co-director of UC Berkeley’s Opportunity Lab - Climate and Environment Initiative. He is also a research associate at the Energy Institute at Haas, a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a research fellow at IZA. He was a recipient of the 2017 Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship and the 2015 IZA Young Labor Economist Award. In addition, his work has been supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He received his PhD in economics from Columbia University in 2012 and was a postdoctoral researcher in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Scholars in Health Policy program from 2012-2014.
Research Expertise and Interest
environmental economics, public economics, labor economics
December 13, 2020
The landmark Clean Air Act (CAA) turns 50 this month, and its impact has been dramatic: Ambient measures of pollutants have fallen more than 90% in some areas, and improvements in air quality are credited with preventing hundreds of thousands of premature deaths.
October 9, 2020
Air pollution has disproportionately hurt minority and low-income communities, leading to reduced life expectancy, research has found. Yet a lack of data has stymied efforts to quantify the problem—and its causes—nationwide.