L a l a X. M a

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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

"Environmental Justice: The Economics of Race, Place and Pollution" with Spencer Banzhaf and Christopher Timmins. Forthcoming at Journal of Economic Perspectives.

"Flood Risk and Salience: New Evidence from the Sunshine State" with Laura A. Bakkensen and Xiaozhou Ding. Forthcoming at Southern Economic Journal.

"Learning in a Hedonic Framework: Valuing Brownfield Remediation." Forthcoming at International Economic Review. [Online Appendix]

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

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

Refereed Chapters

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

Working Papers

"Distributional Impacts of National Flood Insurance Program Reform" with Laura A. Bakkensen. (2018).

"Environmental Justice: Establishing Causal Relationships" with Spencer Banzhaf and Chris Timmins. (2018).

“The Impact of Shale Gas and Oil Development on Light Pollution in Dark Sky Areas” with Andrew Boslett (1st author), Elaine Hill and Lujia Zhang. (2018).

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

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

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

2018 Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Economics, University of Kentucky

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, 381 Environmental Economics (Undergraduate), University of Kentucky

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

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

Graduate Advising:

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

Department & College Service

College Diversity Committee (2017-18)

Department Recruiting Committee (2017-18)