Mailing Address: 
Room 332 Monroe Hall
Department of Economics
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Contact Information:

E-mail:  
jonathan.colmer@virginia.edu
Phone (Office): 434-924-3525
               












I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia.

My research explores the intersection of Environmental Economics with topics in Development, 
Labor, and Public Finance, exploring how the environment shapes economic behavior, as well as how economic behavior affects the environment. 

- What are the economic consequences of, and responses to, environmental change?
- How does the institutional and policy environment affect the economic consequences of environmental change? 
- What is the role, and capacity, of government in managing environmental change?

I am the program director of the Bankard Public Economics Workshop at UVa. 
For more information, please get in touch.


Research Question(s): To what degree does can workers move across sectors to moderate the economic consequences of weather-driven changes in agricultural productivity? What does this imply for the aggregate consequences of weather-driven changes in agricultural productivity?



Research Question(s): To what degree does uncertainty about future income realizations affect household welfare in village economies? 


Research Question: How does uncertainty about future income realizations affect childhood investments in village economies?

Selected Work in Progress:

Emissions Trading, Firm Behavior, and the Environment: Evidence from French Manufacturing Firms 
with Ralf Martin (Imperial), Mirabelle Muuls (Imperial), and Ulrich Wagner (Mannheim)

Research Question: Does unilateral climate policy result in real emission reductions, or simply a reallocation of emissions between regulated and unregulated entities?

Do Pollution Offsets Offset Pollution? Evidence from the Clean Development Mechanism in India
with Raphael Calel (Georgetown), Antoine Dechezlepretre (LSE), and Matthieu Glachant (Paris MINES)

Research Question: Do pollution offsets result in real emission reductions, or would these reductions have occurred in the absence of subsidies?

The Economics of Marine Conservation 
with Robin Burgess (LSE) and Michael Greenstone (Chicago)

Research Question(s): What are the effects of Marine Protected Areas on Fishing Effort and Ocean Health? 
 
Understanding the Effects of Air Pollution on Infant Health in High-Income, High-Pollution Hong Kong'' 
with Dajun Lin (UVA), Siying Liu (UVA) and Jay Shimshack (UVA)

Research Question(s): To what degree do "good" socio-economic conditions moderate the consequences of "bad" pollution levels? What does this imply about the distributional consequences of pollution exposure?

Pollution and the Intergenerational Transmission of Human Capital: Evidence from the 1970 Clean Air Act
with John Voorheis (U.S. Census)

Research Question: What are the effects of in-utero pollution exposure on the children of those that were in-utero exposed?

Income Shocks and the Opportunity Cost of Voting: Evidence from Indonesia
with Sebastian Axbard (QMUL) and Teevrat Garg (UCSD) [IGC Synopsis]

Research Question: When does the opportunity cost of voting affect election outcomes, and what consequences does this have for economic and policy outcomes?