Christopher D. Timmins

Christopher D. Timmins

Professor of Economics

External Address: 
209 Social Sciences Bldg, Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
(919) 660-1809
Office Hours: 
Available upon request

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".

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 served as a co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management until 2014, and now serves as an editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.


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

Freeman, R., W. Liang, R. Song, and C. Timmins. “Willingness to pay for clean air in China.” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 94 (March 1, 2019): 188–216. Full Text

Bishop, K. C., and C. Timmins. “Estimating the marginal willingness to pay function without instrumental variables.” Journal of Urban Economics 109 (January 1, 2019): 66–83. Full Text

Banzhaf, Spencer, Lala Ma, and Christopher Timmins. “Environmental Justice: the Economics of Race, Place, and Pollution..” The Journal of Economic Perspectives : A Journal of the American Economic Association 33, no. 1 (January 2019): 185–208.

Bishop, K. C., and C. Timmins. “Using panel data to easily estimate hedonic demand functions.” Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 5, no. 3 (July 1, 2018): 517–43. Full Text

Bayer, P., R. McMillan, A. Murphy, and C. Timmins. “A Dynamic Model of Demand for Houses and Neighborhoods.” Econometrica 84, no. 3 (May 1, 2016): 893–942. Full Text

Muehlenbachs, L., E. Spiller, and C. Timmins. “The housing market impacts of shale gas development: Corrigendum.” American Economic Review 106, no. 2 (February 1, 2016). Full Text

Muehlenbachs, L., E. Spiller, and C. Timmins. “The housing market impacts of shale gas development.” American Economic Review 105, no. 12 (December 1, 2015): 3633–59. Full Text

Depro, Brooks, Christopher Timmins, and Maggie O’Neil. “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): 439–68. Full Text

Kuminoff, Nicolai V., Todd Schoellman, and Christopher Timmins. “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., H. Stephens, C. Timmins, and A. Smith. “The Effect of Gasoline Taxes and Public Transit Investments on Driving Patterns.” Environmental and Resource Economics 59, no. 4 (January 1, 2014): 633–57. Full Text


Selected Grants

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 2020

Welfare Impacts of Housing Discrimination on Locational Choice awarded by University of Illinois at Urbana--Champaign (Principal Investigator). 2019

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Valuing Remediation Efforts at Federal Facilities (subcontract) awarded by EPA's Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (2017 to 2018)