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Margaret A. Walls
Research Director and Senior Fellow
202-328-5092
walls@rff.org
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PROFILE
Margaret Walls’s current research focuses on issues related to urban land use, ecosystem services, parks, and energy efficiency. She has analyzed transferable development rights programs for managing land use in urban fringe areas, assessed the value of different types of parks and open space, and investigated energy efficiency issues in buildings. In 2008 and 2009, she was the study director for the Outdoor Resources Review Group. From 2010 to 2013, Walls was the first appointee to the Thomas J. Klutznick Chair at RFF. Walls has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Public Economics, National Tax Journal, Journal of Urban Economics, and Journal of Economic Literature, among others. Walls also has a personal website available here.
  
Featured Publications
Dedicated Funds for Parks: Designing the Right Approach
Margaret Walls
Parks and Recreation magazine | March 2013
 
Strategically Placing Green Infrastructure: Cost-Effective Land Conservation in the Floodplain
Kousky, C., S. M. Olmstead, M. A. Walls, and M. Macauley
Environmental Science & Technology | DOI: 10.1021/es303938c
 
Borrowing to Save Energy: An Assessment of Energy-Efficiency Financing Programs
Karen L. Palmer, Margaret A. Walls, Todd Gerarden
RFF Report | April 2012
 
Zoning on the Urban Fringe: Results from a New Approach to Modeling Land and Housing Markets
Nicholas Magliocca, Virginia McConnell, Margaret Walls, and Elena Safirova
Regional Science and Urban Economics | January 2012 | 42 | pp 198-210
 
The Role of Land Use in Adaptation to Increased Precipitation and Flooding: A Case Study in Wisconsin’s Lower Fox River Basin
Carolyn Kousky, Sheila M. Olmstead, Margaret A. Walls, Adam Stern, Molly K. Macauley
RFF Report | November 2011
 
An Agent-Based Model of Coupled Housing and Land Markets
Nicholas Magliocca, Elena Safirova, Virginia McConnell, and Margaret Walls
Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems | May 2011 | Vol. 35, No.3 | pp. 183-191
 
Connecting Americans to the Great Outdoors
Margaret A. Walls, Juha V. Siikamäki
Resources | Summer 2010 (175)
 
Climate Policy’s Uncertain Outcomes for Households: The Role of Complex Allocation Schemes in Cap-and-Trade
Joshua Blonz, Dallas Burtraw, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Discussion Paper 10-12-REV | March 2010
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The Incidence of U.S. Climate Policy: Alternative Uses of Revenue from a Cap-and-Trade Auction
Dallas Burtraw, Richard Sweeney, and Margaret Walls
National Tax Journal | September 2009 | Vol. 62 | 497-518 | Related Discussion Paper 09-17-REV
 
The State of the Great Outdoors: America's Parks, Public Lands, and Recreation Resources
Margaret A. Walls, Sarah R Darley, Juha V. Siikamäki
RFF Report | September 2009
 
Policy Monitor: U.S. Experience with Transferable Development Rights
Virginia McConnell and Margaret Walls
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy | June 2009 | Vol 3, no. 2 | 288-303
 
The Tradeoff between Private Lots and Public Open Space in Subdivisions at the Urban-Rural Fringe
Elizabeth Kopits, Virginia McConnell, and Margaret Walls
American Journal of Agricultural Economics | 2007 | Vol. 89, No.5 | pp. 1191-1197 | Related Discussion Paper 07-33
 
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JOURNAL ARTICLES
Strategically Placing Green Infrastructure: Cost-Effective Land Conservation in the Floodplain
Kousky, C., S. M. Olmstead, M. A. Walls, and M. Macauley
Environmental Science & Technology | DOI: 10.1021/es303938c
 
Assessing the energy-efficiency information gap: results from a survey of home energy auditors
Karen Palmer, Margaret Walls, Hal Gordon, and Todd Gerarden
Energy Efficiency | December 2012 (online) | Related Discussion Paper 11-42
 
Social Safety Nets and US Climate Policy Costs
Joshua Blonz, Dallas Burtraw and Margaret Walls
Climate Policy | Vol. 12, Issue 4 | pp. 474-490
 
Zoning on the Urban Fringe: Results from a New Approach to Modeling Land and Housing Markets
Nicholas Magliocca, Virginia McConnell, Margaret Walls, and Elena Safirova
Regional Science and Urban Economics | January 2012 | 42 | pp 198-210
 
Zoning on the Urban Fringe: Results from a New Approach to Modeling Land and Housing Markets
Nicholas Magliocca, Virginia McConnell, Margaret Walls, and Elena Safirova
Regional Science and Urban Economics | January 2012 | 42 | pp 198-210
 
Zoning on the urban fringe: Results from a new approach to modeling land and housing markets
Nicholas Magliocca, Virginia McConnell, Margaret Walls, and Elena Safirova.
Regional Science and Urban Economics | September 2011 | Vol. 41, No. 5. | doi:10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2011.08.012 | Related Discussion Paper 11-32
 
An Agent-Based Model of Coupled Housing and Land Markets
Nicholas Magliocca, Elena Safirova, Virginia McConnell, and Margaret Walls
Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems | May 2011 | Vol. 35, No.3 | pp. 183-191
 
The State of the Great Outdoors: Charting Recent Trends, Assessing Funding Needs, and Understanding Americans' Connection to Nature
Margaret Walls
Journal of Physical Activity and Health | January 2011 | Volume 141, No. 2
 
Climate Policy's Uncertain Outcomes for Households: The Role of Complex Allocation Schemes in Cap-and-Trade
Josh Blonz, Dallas Burtraw, and Margaret Walls
B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy | 2010 | Vol. 10, No. 2 | Related Discussion Paper 10-12-REV
 
The Incidence of U.S. Climate Policy: Alternative Uses of Revenue from a Cap-and-Trade Auction
Dallas Burtraw, Richard Sweeney, and Margaret Walls
National Tax Journal | September 2009 | Vol. 62 | 497-518 | Related Discussion Paper 09-17-REV
 
Policy Monitor: U.S. Experience with Transferable Development Rights
Virginia McConnell and Margaret Walls
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy | June 2009 | Vol 3, no. 2 | 288-303
 
Policy Monitor: U.S. Experience with Transferable Development Rights
Virginia McConnell and Margaret Walls
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy | June 2009 | Vol 3, no. 2 | 288-303
 
Policy Monitor: U.S. Experience with Transferable Development Rights
Virginia McConnell and Margaret Walls
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy | June 2009 | Vol 3, no. 2 | 288-303
 
Making Markets for Development Rights Work: What Determines Demand?
Elizabeth Kopits, Virginia McConnell, and Margaret Walls
Land Economics | February 2008 | Vol. 94, No.1 | pp. 1-16 | Related Discussion Paper 05-45
 
Automobile Externalities and Policies
Winston Harrington, Ian Parry, and Margaret Walls
Journal of Economic Literature | 2007 | Vol. XLV | pp. 374-400 | Related Discussion Paper 06-26
 
The Tradeoff between Private Lots and Public Open Space in Subdivisions at the Urban-Rural Fringe
Elizabeth Kopits, Virginia McConnell, and Margaret Walls
American Journal of Agricultural Economics | 2007 | Vol. 89, No.5 | pp. 1191-1197 | Related Discussion Paper 07-33
 
What Drives Telecommuting? The Relative Impacts of Worker Demographics, Employer Characteristics, and Job Types
Margaret Walls, Elena Safirova and Yi Jiang
Transportation Research Record | Related Discussion Paper 06-41
 
Zoning, TDRs, and the density of development
Virginia McConnell, Margaret Walls, and Elizabeth Kopits
Journal of Urban Economics | 2006 | vol. 59 | 440-457
 
Telecommuting and Environmental Policy: Lessons from the ecommute Program
Peter Nelson, Elena Safirova and Margaret Walls
Transportation Research D
 
Using Markets for Land Preservation: Results of a TDR program
Virginia McConnell, Elizabeth Kopits and Margaret Walls
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management | September 2006 | Related Discussion Paper 03-08
 
Making Markets for Development Rights Work: What Determines Demand?
Elizabeth Kopits, Virginia McConnell, Margaret Walls
Land Economics | Related Discussion Paper 05-45
 
Waste, Recycling, and 'Design for Environment:' Roles for Markets and Policy Instruments
Paul Calcott, Margaret Walls
Resource and Energy Economics | November 2005 | Vol. 27, no. 4 | pp. 287-305 | Related Discussion Paper 00-30-REV
 
Farmland Preservation and Residential Density: Can Development Rights Markets Affect Land Uses?
Virginia McConnell, Elizabeth Kopits, and Margaret Walls
Agricultural and Resource Economics Review | October 2005 | Vol. 34, no. 2 | pp. 131-144
 
Private Markets, Contracts, and Government Provision: What Explains the Organization of Local Waste and Recycling Markets?
Margaret Walls, Molly Macauley, Soren Anderson
Urban Affairs Review | May 2005 | Vol. 40, no. 5 | pp. 590-613 | Related Discussion Paper 02-35-REV
 
How Local Governments Structure Contracts with Private Firms: Economic Theory and Evidence on Solid Waste and Recycling Contracts
Margaret Walls
Public Works Management and Policy | January 2005 | Vol. 9, no. 3 | pp. 206-222 | Related Discussion Paper 03-62
 
Trading Cases: Is Trading Credits in Created Markets a Better Way to Reduce Pollution and Protect Natural Resources?
Karen Palmer, Jim Boyd, Dallas Burtraw, Alan Krupnick, Virginia McConnell, Jim Sanchirico, and Margaret Walls
Environmental Science and Technology | June 2003 | Vol. 79, No. 3
 
Upstream Pollution, Downstream Waste Disposal and the Design of Comprehensive Environmental Policies
Margaret Walls and Karen Palmer
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | February 2001 | Vol. 41 | pp. 94-108 | Related Discussion Paper 97-51-REV
 
Can Downstream Waste Disposal Policies Encourage Upstream Design for Environment?
Paul Calcott and Margaret Walls
American Economic Review | May 2000 | Vol. 90, No. 2 | pp. 233-237
 
Measuring the Incidence of an Environmental Tax Shift: The Case of Motor Vehicle Emissions Taxes
Margaret Walls and Jean Hanson
National Tax Journal | March 1999 | Vol. 52, No. 1 | pp. 53-66
 
Optimal Policies for Solid Waste Disposal: Taxes, Subsidies, and Standards
Karen Palmer and Margaret Walls
Journal of Public Economics | August 1997 | Vol. 65, No. 2 | pp. 193-205
 
The Costs of Reducing Municipal Solid Waste
Karen Palmer, Hilary Sigman, and Margaret Walls
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | June 1997 | Vol. 33, No. 2 | pp. 128-150 | Related Discussion Paper 96-35
 
The Cost of Reducing Municipal Solid Waste
Hilary Sigman, Karen Palmer, Margaret Walls
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management | Vol. 33 | 128–150.
 
Valuing the Characteristics of Natural Gas Vehicles: An Implicit Markets Approach
Margaret Walls
Review of Economics and Statistics | May 1996 | Vol. 78, No. 2 | pp. 266-276
 
Shifting Gears: New Directions for Cars and Clean Air
Winston Harrington, Margaret A. Walls, and Virginia D. McConnell
Energia | 1995 | Vol. 16, No. 4
 
Using Economic Incentives to Reduce Auto Pollution
Winston Harrington, Margaret Walls, and Virginia McConnell
Issues in Science and Technology | Winter 1994/1995 | Vol. 11, No. 2
 
Using a Hybrid Approach to Model Oil and Gas Supply: A Case Study of the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf
Margaret Walls
Land Economics | February 1994 | Vol. 70, No. 1 | pp. 1-19
 
Global Warming and Urban Smog: The Cost-Effectiveness of CAFE Standards and Alternative Fuels
Margaret Walls, Alan Krupnick, and Carol Collins
The Energy Journal | October 1993 | Vol. 14, No. 4 | pp. 75-97
 
Federalism and Offshore Oil Leasing
Margaret Walls
Natural Resources Journal | Summer 1993 | Vol. 33 | pp. 777-795
 
Internalizing Energy Market Externalities in a Federalist System of Government
Margaret Walls
Energy Policy | April 1993 | pp. 385-390
 
Modeling and Forecasting the Supply of Oil and Gas: A Survey of Existing Approaches
Margaret Walls
Resources and Energy | September 1992 | Vol. 14 | pp. 287-309
 
The Cost-Effectiveness of Methanol for Reducing Motor Vehicle Emissions and Urban Ozone
Alan Krupnick and Margaret Walls
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management | July 1992 | Vol. 11, No. 3 | pp. 373-376
 
Dynamic Firm Behavior and Regional Deadweight Losses From a U.S. Oil Import Fee
Margaret Walls
Southern Economic Journal | January 1991 | Vol. 57, No. 3 | pp. 772-788
 
Welfare Cost of an Oil Import Fee
Margaret Walls
Contemporary Policy Issues | April 1990 | Vol. 8 | pp. 176-189
 
  
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Adequate funding for parks a priority
Saturday, December 14, 2013
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
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Monday, October 21, 2013
National Science Foundation
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