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, L. S., J. M. Lee, and L. O. Taylor. “Municipal rebate programs for environmental retrofits: An evaluation of additionality and cost-effectiveness.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 32, no. 2 (March 1, 2013): 350–72. https://doi.org/10.1002/pam.21692.
Bennear, Lori Snyder, and Cary Coglianese. “Flexible Environmental Regulation,” 2012.
Bennear, Lori S. “What do we really know? The effect of reporting thresholds on inferences using environmental right-to-know data.” Regulation & Governance 2, no. 3 (September 2008): 293–315. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-5991.2008.00042.x.
Bennear, L. S., and S. M. Olmstead. “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 (January 1, 2008): 117–30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2008.03.002.
Bennear, L. S. “Are management-based regulations effective? evidence from state pollution prevention programs.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 26, no. 2 (March 1, 2007): 327–48. https://doi.org/10.1002/pam.20250.

Recent Grants


PUBPOL 891: Advanced Special Topics in Public Policy (PUBPOL 891: Advanced Special Topics in Public Policy)
ENERGY 590: Special Topics in Energy (ENERGY 590: Special Topics in Energy)
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)

Contact Information

102K Gross Hall, 140 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708


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