Ashley Langer

Assistant Professor of Economics

Ashley Langer

McClelland Hall 401W
1130 East Helen Street 
P.O. Box 210108 
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0108 

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental and energy economics
  • Industrial organization
  • Transportation economics


PhD in Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2010

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.


  • ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues
  • ECON 373 Environmental Economics
  • ECON 696W Empirical Environmental and Energy Economics


  • "Escalation of Scrutiny: The Gains from Dynamic Enforcement of Environmental Regulations," Forthcoming, American Economic Review (with W. Blundell and G. Gowrisankaran)
  • "From Gallons to Miles: A Disaggregate Analysis of Automobile Travel and Externality Taxes," Journal of Public Economics, 2017,152, pp. 34-46 (with V. Maheshri and C. Winston)
  • "The Intergenerational Transmission of Automobile Brand Preferences," Journal of Industrial Economics, 2015, 63(4), pp. 763-93 (with S. Anderson, R. Kellogg and J. Sallee)
  • "Automakers' Short-Run Responses to Changing Gasoline Prices," Review of Economics and Statistics, 2013, 95(4), pp. 1198-1211 (with N. Miller)

  • "Toward A Comprehensive Assessment of Road Pricing Accounting for Land Use," Brookings-Wharton papers on Urban Affairs, 2008, pp.127-75 (with C. Winston)

  • "The Effect of Government Highway Spending on Road Users' Congestion Costs," Journal of Urban Economics, 2006, 60(3), pp.463-83 (with C. Winston)