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Thomas Kinnaman

Charles P Vaughan Chair in Economics and Professor of Economics
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About Thomas Kinnaman

Professor Kinnaman has most recently began research on global trends in recycling and incineration. He also has been studying the effect of exporting natural resource on economic growth.

  • B.A., Decision Science, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • M.A., Economics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Research Interests

  • economics of environmental policy
  • economics of natural resources


  • ECON 202 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECON 231 Economics of Climate Change
  • ECON 441 Econometric Research
  • FOUN 098 Pricing Carbon

Other Activities

Professor Kinnaman's work has been published in among others the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Journal of Urban Economics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and The National Tax Journal. He has also edited two volumes of literature on the economics of solid waste on invitation from Kluwer Ashgate, and Edward Elgar publishers.

Selected Publications


"Understanding the Economic of Waste: Drivers, Policies and External Costs", International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, 8, 2014, pp. 281-320.

"A Natural Gas Severance Tax: An Economic Analysis", Energy Technology, 2(2), 2014, pp. 1006-1011.

"The Socially Optimal Recycling Rate" with Masashi Yamamoto and Takayoshi Shinkuma, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 68(1), 2014, pp. 54-70.

"Global Reuse and Optimal Waste Policy," with Hide-Fumi Yokoo, Environment and Development Economics, 18(5), 2013, pp. 595-614.

"Estimating Willingness to Pay for River Amenities and Safety Measures Associated with Shale Gas Extraction," with Paula Bernstein and Mengqi Wu, Eastern Economics Journal, 39(1), 2013, 28-44.

"The Economic Impact of Shale Gas Extraction: A Review of Existing Studies," Ecological Economics 70(7), May 2011, 1243-1249.

"Economic Policies to Address the Environmental Consequences of Global Reuse," with Hide-Fumi Yokoo, American Economic Review 101(2), May 2011, 71-76 (non-refereed).

"The Costs of Municipal Curbside Recycling and Waste Collection," with Robert A. Bohm, David H. Folz, and Michael J. Podolsky, Resources, Conservation, and Recycling 54(11), September 2010, 864-871. "Optimal Solid Waste Policy with Centralized Recycling Opportunities," National Tax Journal 63(2), June 2010, 237-252.

"Landfill Closure and Housing Values," Contemporary Economic Policy 17(4), July 2009, 380-89.

"Examining the Justification for Residential Recycling," The Journal of Economic Perspectives 20(4), Fall 2006, 219-232.

"Why do Municipalities Recycle?" Topics in Economic Analysis and Policy 5(1), January 2005.

"Garbage and Recycling with Endogenous Local Policy," with Don Fullerton, Journal of Urban Economics 48(3), 2000, 419-442.

"Household Responses To Pricing Garbage By The Bag," with Don Fullerton, American Economic Review 86(4), September 1996, 971-984.

"Garbage, Recycling, and Illicit Burning or Dumping," with Don Fullerton, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 29(1), July 1995, 78-91.


The Economics of Residential Solid Waste Management, Thomas C. Kinnaman, editor, Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2003.

The Economics of Household Garbage and Recycling Behavior, Don Fullerton and Thomas C. Kinnaman, eds., Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishers, 2002.

Further Information

Contact Details


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