Lala X. Ma           

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I am an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Kentucky. My primary research area lies in environmental economics with a focus on non-market valuation. 

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        Contact Information

        University of Kentucky
        Department of Economics 
        Gatton College of Business & Economics
        Lexington, KY 40506

        Phone: (859) 257-2776
        E-mail: lala dot ma at uky dot edu


2014 – present    Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Kentucky.

2010 – 2013        Research Assistant, Christopher Timmins, Duke University, Durham, NC.

2007 – 2009       Financial Management Consultant, IBM Corporation, Global Business Services, Public Sector, Washington, DC.


2009-2014         Ph.D. Economics, Duke University, Durham, NC

2003-2007         B.A. / M.A. Economics, B.A. Mathematics, Tufts University, Medford, MA

Primary Research Fields

Non-Market Valuation, Environmental Economics

Publications and Working Papers

Refereed Journal Articles

"Shale Gas Development and Drinking Water Quality" with Elaine L. Hill (2017). American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings. Vol. 107, No. 5 (2017): 522-525.

"The Value of Brownfield Remediation" with Kevin Haninger and Christopher Timmins. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource  Economists. Vol. 4, No. 1 (2017): 197-241.

Refereed Chapters

“Use of Property Values and Location Decisions for Environmental Valuation.” (2018). Forthcoming in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science: Environmental Economics, Jim Kahn (Ed.), Oxford University Press. 

Working Papers 

“The Impact of Shale Gas and Oil Development on Light Pollution in Dark Sky Areas” with Andrew Boslett, Elaine Hill and Lujia Zhang (2018).

"Flood Risk and Salience: New Evidence from the Sunshine State" with Laura A. Bakkensen and Xiaozhou Ding (2017). Revision Requested at Southern Economic Journal.

"Learning in a Hedonic Framework: Valuing Brownfield Remediation" (2017). 2nd Revision requested at International Economic Review.

"Does Shale Gas Development Impact Infant Health through Drinking Water?" with Elaine Hill (2017).

"Environmental Justice: The Economics of Race, Place and Pollution" with Spencer Banzhaf and Christopher Timmins (2017).

"Estimating Heterogeneous Preferences to Avoid Flood Risk and Implications for Disaster Exposure" with Laura A. Bakkensen (2016).

"Exceeding the Threshold: Hedonic Analysis of Brownfield Contamination" with Gabrielle Inder (2016).

Fellowship and Grants

2016-2020     Sub-award from NIH Director's Early Independence Award (1 DP5 OD021338-01; PI: Hill) (Site-PI)

2015-2016      University of Rochester Medical School EHSC IHSFC Grant with Elaine Hill (co-PI, $8,000)

2013-2014      Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Resources for the Future

2012, 2013     Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship, Duke University

2007                Marion Ricker Houston Prize Scholarship in Economics, Tufts University

Teaching & Advising

Courses Taught:

ECO 410 Environmental Economics (Undergraduate)

ECO 499 Seminar in Environmental Justice (Undergraduate), University of Kentucky

ECO 724 Environmental Economics (Ph.D.), University of Kentucky

           Graduate Advising:

Committee: Zheng Yang, Ben Wallace, Whitney Davis (Public Policy)

Department & College Service

College Diversity Committee (2017-18)

Department Recruiting Committee (2017-18)