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

Degrees

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.

Courses

  • ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues
  • ECON 373 Environmental Economics
  • ECON 696V Environmental Economics II

Publications

  • "From Gallons to Miles: A Disaggregate Analysis of Automobile Travel and Externality Taxes," (with Vikram Maheshri and Clifford Winston), 2017, Journal of Public Economics,152, pp. 34-46.
  • "The Intergenerational Transmission of Automobile Brand Preferences," (with Soren Anderson, Ryan Kellogg, and James Sallee), 2015, Journal of Industrial Economics, 63(4), pp. 763-93.
  • "Automakers' Short-Run Responses to Changing Gasoline Prices," (with Nathan Miller), 2013, Review of Economics and Statistics 95(4), pp. 1198-1211.

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

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