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Margaret A. Walls
Research Director and Senior Fellow
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
Is What you See What You Get? The Value of Natural Landscape Views
Margaret Walls, Carolyn Kousky, and Ziyan Chu
Land Economics | February 2015 | Vol. 91, No. 1 | pp. 1-19 | Related Discussion Paper 13-25
Floodplain Conservation as a Flood Mitigation Strategy: Examining Costs and Benefits
Kousky, C. and M. Walls
Ecological Economics | 104 | pp. 119-128 | Related Discussion Paper 13-22-REV
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
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
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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Transferable Development Rights
Margaret Walls
RFF First Wednesday Seminar on Zoning, Regulation, and Choice in Metropolitan Land use | RFF | March 1, 2006
Who's in the Driver's Seat? Mobile Source Policy in the Federal System
Virginia D. McConnell
Symposium on Economic Aspects of Environmental Policy Making in a Federal System | Leuven, Belgium | June 1, 1995
The Cost-effectiveness of Methanol Vehicles
Alan J. Krupnick and Margaret Walls
American Economic Association (AEA)/Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) Annual Meetings | AEA/AERE | Washington, D.C. | December 26, 1990
Effects of Urban Density on Vehicle Use and Ownership
Alan J. Krupnick, Winston Harrington and Margaret Walls
American Economic Association (AEA), 2002 Annual Meetings | AEA | Atlanta, GA | April 4, 2002
The Economics of Solid Waste Management: Market Organization, Government Policies, and the Product Stewardship Movement
Margaret Walls
International Forum on the Environment | Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan | Tokyo, Japan | February 18, 2002
Comments on the Use of Cost-Benefit Analysis and EPR
Margaret Walls
Seminar on Extended Producer Responsibility: Programme Implementation and Assessment | Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development | Paris, France | December 13, 2001
How Does Population Density and Transit Availability Affect Vehicle Travel? Results from U.S. Household Survey Data
Margaret Walls
Urban Transport Forum | Institute for International Research | Wellington, New Zealand | March 1, 1998
Extended Producer Responsibility and Design for Environment: Economic Theory and Selected Case Studies
Margaret Walls
Environment Canada: Workshop on Extended Producer Responsibility | Environment Canada | Calgary, Alberta, Canada | March 8, 2006
What Drives Telecommuting? Relative Impacts of Worker Demographics, Employer Characteristics, and Job Types
Elena Safirova
86th Annual Meeting of Transportation Research Board (TRB) | TRB | Washington, DC | January 22, 2007
TDRs in Theory and Practice
Margaret Walls
Environment Virginia conference | VMI, Lexington, VA | April 12, 2007
Markets for Preserving Farmland in Maryland Making TDR Programs Work Better
Margaret Walls
Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology Board of Directors Meeting | Queenstown, Maryland | May 14, 2007
The Trade-Off Between Private Lots and Public Open Space in Subdivisions at the Urban-Rural Fringe
Virginia McConnell
American Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meetings | Portland, OR | July 28, 2007
Working from Home: The Effects of Commute Distance and Congestion
Elena Safirova
Meetings of North American Regional Science Association | NARSC | Savannah, GA | November 10, 2007
An Economic Urban Growth Model with Agent-Based Housing and Land Markets
Elena Safirova
North American Regional Science Conference | NARSC | San Francisco | November 20, 2009
How Do the Costs of Climate Policy Affect Households?
Dallas Burtraw, Josh Blonz and Margaret Walls
103rd Annual Conference on Taxation | National Tax Association | Chicago, Illinois | November 18, 2010
The Role of Land Use in Adaptation to Increased Precipitation and Flooding: A Case Study in Wisconsin’s Lower Fox River Basin and Green Bay, Lake Michigan
Carolyn Kousky
GeoTools | NOAA | March 21, 2011
Assessing the Energy-Efficiency Information Gap: Results from a Survey of Home Energy Auditors
Karen Palmer
BECC Conference | ACEEE and Precourt Center for Energy Efficiency at Stanford | Washington, DC | December 1, 2011
Improving Home Energy Efficiency: Evaluating Consumer Loans versus Subsidies
Margaret Walls
International Association for Energy Economics North American Energy Conference | U.S. Association for Energy Economics/International Association for Energy Economics | Washington, DC | October 11, 2011
Policy Analysis with an Economic Agent-Based Model of Land and Housing Markets on the Urban Fringe
Margaret Walls, Virginia McConnell
Academic seminar | George Mason University Department of Computational Social Sciences | George Mason University | December 2, 2011
How Do Development Impact Fees Affect Land and Housing Prices and the Spatial Patterns of Land Use on the Urban Fringe?
Margaret Walls
AERE Summer Conference 2011 | AERE | Seattle, WA | June 9, 2011
Outdoor Recreation Worth $646 Billion a Year to Economy, Experts Say
Thursday, April 16, 2015
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Why Now Is the Right Time for a Carbon Tax
Thursday, April 02, 2015
The Wall Street Journal
Connecticut Looking for New Ways to Fund Its Parks
Monday, March 16, 2015
The Connecticut Mirror
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