Ashley Langer, assistant professor of economics in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, will be appointed as a faculty research fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) program on Environment and Energy Economics on May 1, 2020.
NBER is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to conducting economic research and to disseminating research findings among academics, public policy makers and business professionals. According to the organization, “affiliation with the NBER is a privilege that enables a researcher to participate in a vibrant scholarly community that is committed to active and open discussion of research.”
Ashley Langer joined the Eller College of Management in 2013. Previously, she taught at the University of Michigan, which she joined after earning her PhD in Economics from the University of California-Berkeley. Her current research focuses on how consumers make decisions that affect the environment. In particular, she studies how consumers make decisions over which vehicles to drive, how those preferences may form endogenously within family networks and how consumers choose when and where to purchase gasoline. These questions have substantial implications for the design of energy policy, including the optimal level of gasoline taxes or corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards and potential incentives for alternative fuel vehicle adoption. She is also working on the effect of consumer demographics and demographic group preferences on vehicle pricing and has previously worked on the effect of congestion tolling on urban land use.