Lori Snyder Bennear

Lori Snyder Bennear

Juli Plant Grainger Associate Professor of Energy Economics and Policy

My research focuses on evaluating environmental policies and improving methods and techniques for conducting these evaluations. While the field of policy evaluation is a broad one, my specific niche is in bringing rigorous quantitative methods to evaluate environmental policy innovations along four dimensions.  (1) Evaluating the effectiveness of environmental policies and programs. This line of research uses statistical analysis to estimate the extent to which environmental policies such as information disclosure and management-based regulations actually improve corporate environmental performance, change household behavior, or improve individual environmental health indicators. (2) Evaluating strategic behavioral responses to non-traditional regulatory regimes. Environmental policies create incentives and in responding to these incentives, regulated entities sometimes behave strategically in ways that undermine program effectiveness.  This line of research seeks to illuminate these strategic behavioral responses and quantify the magnitude of their impact.  (3)  Assessing the distributional impacts of these new regulatory regimes. My research in this area evaluates whether innovations in regulatory policy result in uneven distribution of environmental impacts on lower income or minority communities.  (4)  Evaluating the role of program evaluation in environmental policy. My research identifies the barriers to and facilitators of increased use of evaluation in environmental policy.

In The News


Bennear, LS, Lee, JM, and Taylor, LO. "Municipal rebate programs for environmental retrofits: An evaluation of additionality and cost-effectiveness." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 32, no. 2 (2013): 350-372.
Bennear, L, Tarozzi, A, Pfaff, A, Balasubramanya, S, Ahmed, KM, and Geen, AV. "Impact of a randomized controlled trial in arsenic risk communication on household water-source choices in Bangladesh." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 65, no. 2 (2013): 225-240.
Bennear, LS, and Coglianese, C. "Flexible Environmental Regulation." In The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy,edited by S Kamieniecki and M Kraft, 582-604. Oxford University Press, November 8, 2012.
Bennear, LS, and Olmstead, SM. "The impacts of the "right to know": Information disclosure and the violation of drinking water standards." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 56, no. 2 (2008): 117-130.
Bennear, LS. "Are management-based regulations effective? evidence from state pollution prevention programs." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 26, no. 2 (2007): 327-348.
Smith, MD, Oglend, A, Kirkpatrick, AJ, Asche, F, Bennear, LS, Craig, JK, and Nance, JM. "Seafood prices reveal impacts of a major ecological disturbance." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114, no. 7 (February 2017): 1512-1517.
Cunningham, S, Bennear, LS, and Smith, MD. "Spillovers in Regional Fisheries Management: Do Catch Shares Cause Leakage?." Land Economics 92, no. 2 (May 1, 2016): 344-362.
Bennear, LS. "Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling: A Review of Regulatory Regimes in the United States, United Kingdom, and Norway." Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 9, no. 1 (January 1, 2015): 2-22.
Kirkpatrick, AJ, and Bennear, LS. "Promoting clean energy investment: An empirical analysis of property assessed clean energy." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 68, no. 2 (September 2014): 357-375.
Smith, MD, Asche, F, Bennear, LS, and Oglend, A. "Spatial-dynamics of Hypoxia and Fisheries: The Case of Gulf of Mexico Brown Shrimp." Marine Resource Economics 29, no. 2 (June 2014): 111-131.


PUBPOL 891: Advanced Special Topics in Public Policy (PUBPOL 891: Advanced Special Topics in Public Policy)
ENVIRON 635: Energy Economics and Policy (ENVIRON 635: Energy Economics and Policy)
ENERGY 790: Special Topics in Energy (ENERGY 790: Special Topics in Energy)
ENVIRON 733: Risk Regulation in the United States, Europe, and Beyond (ENVIRON 733: Risk Regulation in the United States, Europe, and Beyond)
ENVIRON 520: Resource & Environmental Economics I (ENVIRON 520: Resource & Environmental Economics I)

Contact Information

9 Circuit Drive, Environment Hall 4117
Durham, NC 27708
Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328


Ph.D., Harvard University (2002)
M.A., Yale University (1996)