Jamie Mullins
Environmental Economics and Applied Microeconomics
205D Stockbridge Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003



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Jamie earned his PhD in the Department of Economics at the University of California San Diego. He served as a Pre-Doctoral Fellow with the Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies and was awarded the Benjamin C. Horne Memorial Prize in 2014 for graduate student research with the best potential for real-world application in conflict resolution, development economics, and environmental issues.

Now a professor in the Department of Resource Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, his research relates primarily to applied topics in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, with a special focus on air pollution and human health.

Working Papers

“Motivating Emissions Cleanup: Absolute vs. Relative Performance Standards.” Draft available here.

“Ambient Air Pollution and Human Performance: Contemporaneous and Acclimatization Effects of Ozone Exposure on Athletic Performance,” Draft available here.


"Early Life Exposure to the Great Smog of 1952 and the Development of Asthma," American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, forthcoming, with Prashant Bharadwaj, Joshua Graff Zivin, and Matthew Neidell. Pre-Print Available here.

"The Adoption of Climate Smart Agriculture: The Role of Information and Insurance under Climate Change,” in Climate Smart Agriculture - Building Resilience to Climate Change, D Zilberman, L Lipper, N McCarthy, S Asfaw, and G Branca (Eds.) Springer, forthcoming. with J Graff Zivin, A Cattaneo, A Paolantonio, and R Cavatassi.

“Effects of Short Term Measures to Curb Air Pollution: Evidence from Santiago, Chile,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2014, with Prashant Bharadwaj. Available here.

“What Do We Know About Short and Long Term Effects of Early Life Exposure to Pollution?,” Annual Review of Resource Economics, 2014, with Janet Currie, Joshua Graff Zivin, and Matthew Neidell. Available here.

“Vessel Buybacks in Fisheries: The Role of Auction and Financing Structures,” Marine Policy, March 2015, with Joshua Graff Zivin. Available here.

Research in Progress

“Birth Conditions and Lifetime Earnings: Evidence from Mexican Censuses” with Prashant Bharadwaj and Gordon McCord

“Moving to Cleaner Skies: Air Pollution Events and Migration Decisions” with Prashant Bharadwaj

“Driving Avoidance Behavior: The Benefits of Government Warnings and Precautionary Public Action Regarding Air Pollution”

“Sea level rise, flood risk, and property values: Evidence from New York City” with Matthew Gibson and Alison Hill


In the modern world, where specific information is never more than a Google-search away, I believe that teaching should be focused on approaches, methods, techniques, and frameworks of thinking rather than on memorization of some specific content. By presenting general methods and approaches to problem solving, and then ensuring that students get practice in applying the relevant techniques, my goal is to provide students with a tool kit rather than a fact book. While complete topical understanding necessarily requires knowledge of some case-specific facts, such data are better learned in the context of a larger method or framework rather than as part of a list or topical outline. Therefore, I prefer assignments and examinations that require the application of methods presented in the course to a new setting, with knowledge of topical and factual details assessed as part of a process rather than via a direct quizzing.