Christopher D. Timmins

Professor of Economics

External Address: 
213 Social Sciences, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
Phone: 
(919) 660-1809
Office Hours: 
Thursday 1:00-2:00pm

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.

Education

  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1997
  • B.S., Georgetown University 1991

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. Full Text

Bayer, P, McMillan, R, Murphy, A, and Timmins, C. "A Dynamic Model of Demand for Houses and Neighborhoods." Econometrica 84, no. 3 (2016): 893-942. Full Text

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. Full Text

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. Full Text

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. Full Text

Spiller, E, Stephens, H, Timmins, C, and Smith, A. "The Effect of Gasoline Taxes and Public Transit Investments on Driving Patterns." Environmental and Resource Economics 59, no. 4 (December 2014): 633-657. Full Text

Spiller, E, Stephens, H, Timmins, C, and Smith, A. "The Effect of Gasoline Taxes and Public Transit Investments on Driving Patterns." Environmental and Resource Economics 59, no. 4 (2014): 633-657. Full Text

Kuminoff, NV, Smith, VK, and Timmins, C. "The New Economics of Equilibrium Sorting and Policy Evaluation Using Housing Markets." Journal of Economic Literature 51, no. 4 (December 2013): 1007-1062. Full Text

DeLeire, T, Khan, S, and Timmins, C. "ROY MODEL SORTING AND NONRANDOM SELECTION IN THE VALUATION OF A STATISTICAL LIFE." INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC REVIEW 54, no. 1 (February 2013): 279-306. Full Text

Gamper-Rabindran, S, and Timmins, C. "Does cleanup of hazardous waste sites raise housing values? Evidence of spatially localized benefits." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 65, no. 3 (2013): 345-360. Full Text

Pages

Information Policy for the Development of U.S. Shale Gas Resource: Property Rights, Leases, Competition and Regulation awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

Valuing Remediation Efforts at Federal Facilities awarded by Skeo Solutions (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018