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Erich Muehlegger is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a fellow of the National Bureau of Economics Research, the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, and the Harard University Center for the Environment. His research interests include industrial organization, economic regulation, and environmental policy. One set of ongoing research projects study the effect of regulation on illegal activity including estimating the effects of regulatory innovation on fuel tax evasion and modeling cross-border cigarette excise tax avoidance. A second set of projects focus on environment regulation of energy industries, including estimating consumer preferences for fuel economy, simulating automaker response to fuel economy regulation, and estimating the relative efficacy of different hybrid vehicle incentives. He received his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005, where his resesarch studied market impacts of state and local environmental regulation of gasoline content.
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