Shimshack’s major fields are environmental regulation, environmental economics, corporate social behavior, and applied microeconomics for public policy. Specific research interests include the law and economics of environmental regulation; the choice of environmental policy instruments; the economics of corporate social responsibility; and the benefits and costs of environmental and health policies. Professor Shimshack has made contributions to our understanding of environmental monitoring and enforcement, the economics of food safety, information and transparency as public policy, corporate environmental behavior, the distributional effects of policy, environmental disparities, and other topics.

Selected Published Research:

Selected Working Papers:

  • “Costly sanctions and the treatment of frequent violators in regulatory settings,” w/ M. Ward.

  • "Cancer and industrial facilities in China," w/ X. Zhang and H. Yin.

  • “Environmental justice in the Global South: Evidence from toxic water pollution in urban Mexico,” w/ L. Chakraborti.

  • "Quantitatively measuring deterrence: empirical tools for assessing the impact of environmental
    monitoring and enforcement actions." Forthcoming.

  • "Monitoring, enforcement, and the choice of environmental policy instruments," w/ M. Cohen. Forthcoming.