Waxman, Andrew Robert | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D., Applied Economics & Management, Cornell University
  • M.Sc., Economics for Development, Oxford University
  • BA, Economics, Stanford University
Research Areas
  • Environmental Economics
  • Urban Economics
  • Applied Econometrics
Teaching Areas
  • Economics
  • Environmental and Energy Policy
  • Quantitative Methods

Andrew Waxman is an applied microeconomist examining the relationship between environmental outcomes, urban policies and inequality. Much of his work consists in trying to think about how household location decisions of place of work and residence have implications for levels of emissions from home electricity usage as well as from commuting using personal vehicles. The link between these sectors has important implications for the design of cities and for understanding the full effects of policies targeting housing or transportation. Waxman has also studied real-time pricing of congested freeways in Los Angeles and has worked on research exploring how public transportation capacity in cities affects the welfare of high- and low-skilled workers.


Media MentionJanuary 15, 2020
Gulf Coast oil and gas expansion will generate half a billion annual tons of emissions in U.S.: report

More than half a billion tons of additional greenhouse gas emissions per year — equivalent to 8 percent of total U.S. emissions — may be generated by new oil, gas and petrochemical facilities in Texas and Louisiana, University of Texas researchers estimate.

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NewsJanuary 14, 2020
Oil and gas boom, industrial growth could mean significant new climate emissions, study finds

New research from The University of Texas at Austin finds industrial buildout in oil, gas and petrochemical sectors in the U.S. Gulf Coast and Southwest regions could generate more than half a billion tons of additional greenhouse gas emissions per year by 2030. That figure is equivalent to 8 percent of total current annual U.S. emissions. These emissions are driven by the regions’ oil and gas boom, and a substantial fraction comes from large industrial facilities such as new petrochemical plants, liquefied natural gas export terminals and refineries. The vast majority of these emissions will come from Texas and Louisiana.

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Media MentionJanuary 14, 2020
Cheap Natural Gas Could Add 500 Million Tons to U.S. Emissions

“The big insight here is that the change in the price of natural gas changes the incentives to invest in some types of downstream infrastructure,” Andrew Waxman, assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin and lead author of the latest study, said in an interview. “Having taken apart the IPCC model, [petrochemical buildout] is not explicitly built into their modeling,” he said, referring to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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