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Smita B. Brunnermeier

Senior Lecturer of Economics and Public and International Affairs
228 JR Rabinowitz


Dr. Smita Brunnermeier is an environmental economist who analyzes the policy causes and consequences of interactions between firm behavior and the environment. She has taught courses on environmental and natural resource economics and sustainable development and advised over two hundred Junior Papers and Senior Theses on environmental topics at Princeton University since 1999. She has researched the social welfare impacts of regulating hazardous air pollutants, water pollutants, and toxic chemicals, the effects of regulation on industry location decisions (pollution haven’s hypothesis and carbon leakage), the drivers of pollution reduction and green energy technologies, the links between corporate environmental and financial performance, and the economics of education. She also serves as the Executive Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Economics. In this role, she works on the strategic vision, academic curriculum, advising, and ancillary initiatives of the undergraduate program. She received her PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt University in 1998 and dual Masters in Economics and Management Science degrees from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India in 1992.

Sample Publications

  • Leveraging Peer Resources to Promote Undergraduate Education and Wellbeing. The American Economist. Forthcoming.
  • Learning by Doing: The Challenge of Engaging Undergraduates in Economics Research. Journal of Economic Education, 2017, Vol. 48, No. 4.
  • Examining the Evidence on Environmental Regulation and Industry Location (with Arik Levinson). Journal of Environment and Development, 2004, Vol. 13, No. 1, Pg. 6 – 41.
    Reprinted in Environmental Planning, edited by Jeroen van den Bergh, Kenneth Button and Peter Nijkamp, Edward-Elgar Publishing, 2007. (455 citations).
  • Determinants of Environmental Innovation in U.S. Manufacturing Industries (with Mark Cohen). Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2003, Vol. 45, Pg. 278 - 293. (1,946 citations).
  • Interoperability Costs in the U.S. Automotive Supply Chain (with Sheila Martin), Supply Chain Management, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 2. Pg. 71 - 82. (336 citations).
  • Economic Analysis of a National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Automobile Coating Processes (with Brooks Depro), Prepared for EPA/OAQPS, 2001.
  • Economic Analysis of Toxic Substance Control Act, Section 4 Test Rule for High Production Volume Chemicals (with Brooks Depro), Prepared for EPA/OPPT, 2000.
  • A Retrospective Assessment of the Costs of the Clean Water Act (with George van Houtven and Mark Buckley), Prepared for EPA/OW, 2000.