Christopher D. Timmins

Christopher D. Timmins

Professor of Economics

Primary Appointment

Economics Department

Christopher D. Timmins is a Professor in the Department of Economics at Duke University, with a secondary appointment in Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. He holds a BSFS degree from Georgetown University and a PhD in Economics from Stanford University. Professor Timmins was an Assistant Professor in the Yale Department of Economics before joining the faculty at Duke in 2004. His professional activities include teaching, research, and editorial responsibilities. Professor Timmins specializes in natural resource and environmental economics, but he also has interests in industrial organization, development, public and regional economics. He works on developing new methods for non-market valuation of local public goods and amenities, with a particular focus on hedonic techniques and models of residential sorting. His recent research has focused on measuring the costs associated with exposure to poor air quality, the benefits associated with remediating brownfields and toxic waste under the Superfund program, the valuation of non-marginal changes in disamenities, and the causes and consequences of "environmental injustice". He has also recently begun a new research agenda on the social costs of hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas.

Professor Timmins is a research associate in the Environmental and Energy Economics group at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and has served as a reviewer for numerous environmental, urban, and applied microeconomics journals. He currently serves on the editorial board of the American Economic Review and is a co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.


Muehlenbachs, L, Spiller, E, and Timmins, C. "The Housing Market Impacts of Shale Gas Development: Corrigendum." American Economic Review 106, no. 2 (February 2016): 475-475.
Bayer, P, McMillan, R, Murphy, A, and Timmins, C. A Dynamic Model of Demand for Houses and Neighborhoods. 2016.
Muehlenbachs, L, Spiller, E, and Timmins, C. "The Housing Market Impacts of Shale Gas Development." American Economic Review 105, no. 12 (December 2015): 3633-3659.
Depro, B, Timmins, C, and O’Neil, M. "White Flight and Coming to the Nuisance: Can Residential Mobility Explain Environmental Injustice?." Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 2, no. 3 (September 2015): 439-468.
Kuminoff, NV, Schoellman, T, and Timmins, C. "Environmental Regulations and the Welfare Effects of Job Layoffs in the United States: A Spatial Approach." Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 9, no. 2 (July 2015): 198-218.


ECON 951S: Applied Microeconomics Research (ECON 951S: Applied Microeconomics Research)
ECON 901: Applied Microeconomics Workshop (ECON 901: Applied Microeconomics Workshop)
ENVIRON 363: Environmental Economics and Policy (ENVIRON 363: Environmental Economics and Policy)
ECON 881: Special Topics in Applied Microeconomics (ECON 881: Special Topics in Applied Microeconomics)
ENVIRON 332S: Environmental Justice: The Economics of Race, Place, and Pollution (ENVIRON 332S: Environmental Justice: The Economics of Race, Place, and Pollution)

area(s) of expertise

Environmental Economics

Contact Information

213 Social Sciences
Durham, NC 27708
Box 90097
Durham, NC 27708-0097


Ph.D., Stanford University (1997)
B.S., Georgetown University (1991)