Who We Are
The External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee (E-EEAC) is an independent organization dedicated to providing up-to-date, non-partisan advice on the state of economic science as it relates to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's programs. The E-EEAC was established following the dissolution in June 2018 of the original EEAC, a committee that had operated for over 25 years within the Environmental Protection Agency's science advisory board structure. The members of the E-EEAC believe that, despite the retirement of the internal committee, advances in economic research remain crucial to achieving welfare-enhancing environmental policies.
Like its predecessor, the E-EEAC consists of economists who apply their expertise to analyze the benefits, costs, and design of environmental policies. The goal of the E-EEAC is to operate in this capacity until the EPA reconstitutes an internal environmental economics advisory committee composed of independent economists.
Antonio M. Bento is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Research Fellow of the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.
Mary F. Evans is the Jerrine and Thomas Mitchell ‘66 Professor of Environmental Economics and George R. Roberts Fellow in the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College. She is Co-Chair of the E-EEAC Executive Committee.
Reed Johnson is a Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences, Duke School of Medicine with additional appointments in the Center for Health Measurement and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University.
J.R. DeShazo is a Professor of Public Policy, Urban Planning, and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles; Director of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation; and Chair of the Department of Public Policy in the Luskin School of Public Affairs. He is Co-Chair of the E-EEAC Executive Committee.
Kenneth Gillingham is an Associate Professor of Economics at Yale University, with appointments in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Department of Economics, and School of Management, as well as a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Matthew Kotchen is a Professor of Economics at Yale University, with a primary appointment in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and secondary appointments in the School of Management and the Department of Economics. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Meredith Fowlie is an Associate Professor in the Agriculture and Resource Economics Department and holds the Class of 1935 Endowed Chair in Energy at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Matthew Neidell is a Full Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, a faculty member with the Earth Institute and the Columbia Population Research Center, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). He serves as the chief economist, health, of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Economic Council on Planetary Health.
V. Kerry Smith is an Emeritus Regents Professor and an Emeritus University Professor of Economics, a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University; a member of the National Academy of Sciences; a University Fellow at Resources for the Future; and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.