Lauren Masatsugu

Lauren Masatsugu

Career Interests

Economic and Regulatory Analysis; Environmental Health

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2017
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University , Durham NC
Concentration: Environmental Economics and Policy
B.S. Science of Natural and Environmental Systems, 2013
Cornell University, Ithaca NY    
Magna Cum Laude | GPA: 3.965

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, Duke University Household Energy and Health Initiative, Durham NC
Contribute to a research group focusing on the impacts of energy access on health, labor, deforestation, regional air pollution, and global climate change. Research involves creating econometric models to Investigate the impacts of supply-side firm and country-level characteristics on sales of improved cookstoves. Compare the costs and benefits of carbon financing in supporting improved cookstove sales. Evaluate mid-term impacts of an improved cookstove program in India using household-level survey panel data. January 2016 – Present
Market Intelligence Intern, NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), Durham NC
Designed surveys, collected results, and analyzed data to provide evidence in support of clean energy policies and regulations in North Carolina. Created a survey to assess motivations and challenges of households adopting clean energy technologies. Interviewed industry stakeholders to further refine the survey through collected feedback. Co-authored a report discussing the potential for utility-scale solar farms on agricultural lands. Conducted preliminary data analysis for NCSEA’s annual Clean Energy Industry Census. June 2016 – August 2016
Research Assistant, Abt Associates, Bethesda MD
Supported the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (Economic and Policy Analysis Branch) by conducting economic analyses of proposed and final regulations to limit exposure of toxic chemicals in households nationwide. Developed analytic approaches for establishing potential cost-benefit impacts of the proposed regulation on affected industries and populations. Contributed research to literature reviews and market reports that are ultimately utilized by government clients to shape federal policy. Analyzed and interpreted results to determine key industry trends. Authored market profiles to translate findings for potentially affected entities and clients. Used spreadsheets, databases, and statistical software to synthesize and manipulate large data sets. June 2013 – July 2015
Research Assistant, Cornell University Applied Economics and Management Department, Ithaca NY
Provided data management support for research projects examining purchasing incentives for electric vehicles, impacts of participation in the European Union Emissions Trading System on company profits, and social costs of traffic congestion. May 2012 – September 2012

Additional Information

Proficient in STATA, SAS, NVivo, EndNote, Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Access, Word, Visio, PowerPoint)


cost-benefit analysis
environmental economics
survey design

Graduation Date

May 2017

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