Nathan Chan

UMass Associate Professor Nathan Chan
Associate Professor
Department of Resource Economics | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
208c Stockbridge Hall

2019-20 Scholars Project Title: Climate policy and climate-friendly diets: Implications for health, environment, and equity

Food production is a major contributor to climate change. Animal agriculture is an especially large source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, leading many environmental advocates to urge diets that eschew or reduce the consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs. Dr. Chan will investigate how a shift toward more plant-based diets will affect the environment, public health, and equity.

Dr. Chan uses economic methods to examine challenges in environmental management and energy policy, with a primary focus on environmental public goods. He studies a wide variety of topics, including global climate change mitigation, energy efficiency policy, markets for environmentally-friendly products, nonmarket valuation, and pollution control.

Selected Publications Selected Publications as of 2019 (please see here for Dr. Chan’s latest publications):

  • Chan, N.W. and Morrow, J. (2019) “Unintended Consequences of Cap-and-Trade? Evidence from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.” Energy Economics 80: 411-422.
  • Chan, N.W. (2019) “Funding Global Environmental Public Goods through Multilateral Financial Mechanisms.” Environmental and Resource Economics. 72(2): 515-531.
  • Burkhardt, J. and Chan, N.W. (2017) “The Dollars and Sense of Ballot Propositions: Estimating Willingness to Pay for Public Goods Using Aggregate Voting Data.” Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 4(2): 479-503.
  • Chan, N.W. (2015) “Misinformation and Its Implications for Green Markets.” Strategic Behavior and the Environment 5(3-4): 301-316.
  • Chan, N.W. and Gillingham, K. (2015) “The Microeconomic Theory of the Rebound Effect and its Welfare Implications.” Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 2(1): 133-159.
  • Chan, N.W. and Kotchen, M.J. (2014). “A Generalized Impure Public Good and Linear Characteristics Model of Green Consumption.” Resource & Energy Economics 37: 1-16. [Lead article]