Nicholas Sanders
Assistant Professor

MVR 3223



Nicholas Sanders is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and the Brooks School of Public Policy at Cornell University. His research focuses on environmental policy and regulation, environmental quality, and health. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Davis, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Adaptation to Environmental Change: Agriculture and the Unexpected Incidence of the Acid Rain Program, joint with Alan I. Barreca, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, forthcoming

Long-Run Pollution Exposure and Mortality: Evidence from the Acid Rain Program, joint with Alan I. Barreca and Matthew Niedell, Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 200, August 2021 [JPubE link]

Technology and the Effectiveness of Regulatory Programs Over Time: Vehicle Emissions and Smog Checks with a Changing Fleet, joint with Ryan Sandler, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 587-618 [JAERE link]

Estimating Causal Effects of Particulate Matter Regulation on Mortality, joint with Alan I. Barreca and Matthew Neidell, Epidemiology, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 160-167 [Epidemiology Link]

Success is Something to Sneeze At: Influenza Mortality in Cities that Participate in the Super Bowl, joint with Charles Stoecker & Alan I. Barreca, American Journal of Health Economics, Winter 2016, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 125-143 [AJHE link]

Under the Cover of Darkness: How Ambient Light Influences Criminal Activity, joint with Jennifer L. Doleac, Review of Economics & Statistics, December 2015, Vol. 97, No. 5, pp.1093-1103 [RES link]

Caution Drivers! Children Present. Traffic, Pollution, and Infant Health, joint with Christopher R. Knittel and Douglas L. Miller, Review of Economics & Statistics, May 2016, Vol. 98, No. 2, pp. 350-366 [RES link]

Where Have All the Young Men Gone? Using Sex Ratios to Measure Fetal Death Rates, joint with Charles Stoecker, Journal of Health Economics, Vol. 41, pp. 30-45 [JHE link]

Verifiable and Non-Verifiable Anonymous Mechanisms for Regulating a Polluting Monopolist, joint with James E. Prieger, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Vol. 64, No. 3, pp. 410-426 [JEEM link]

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Weaker: Prenatal Pollution Exposure and Educational Outcomes, Journal of Human Resources, Summer 2012, Volume 47, Number 3, pp. 826-850 [JHR link]

Ability, Gender, and Performance Standards: Evidence from Academic Probation, joint with Jason M. Lindo and Philip Oreopoulos, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, April 2010, Volume 2, Number 2, pp. 95–117 [AEJ:A link

Working papers:

Lead Exposure Reduces Academic Performance: Intensity, Duration, and Nutrition Matter, joint with Alex Hollingsworth, Mike Huang, and Ivan Rudik (NBER Working Paper No. 28250)

When Externalities Collide: Influenza and Pollution, joint with Joshua Graff Zivin, Matthew Neidell, and Gregor SInger (NBER Working Paper No. 27982)

The Mortality Impact of Particulate Matter in China, joint with Yazhen Gong, Shanjun Li, and Guang Shi.

Toxic Assets: How the Housing Market Responds to Environmental Information Shocks


Hotter Temperments: Prisons and Violence in a Warming World, Econofact [link]

Clearing the Air on the Costs of Pollution, Econofact [link]

Fighting Crime with Daylight Saving Time, joint with Jennifer Doleac, Brookings Now [link]

Faculty Research Fellow: National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Editorial Council: Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
Member: American Economic Association, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

PAM 3670: Economics and Environmental Policy (cross listed as ECON 3850 and PAM 5970)

PAM 4110: Pollution, Climate, and Health

ECON 1110: Introductory Microeconomics

NCCW 5020: Microeconomics for Management

PADM 5213: Microeconomics for Public Affairs


Ph.D. in Economics, University of California, Davis (2010)
Masters in Economics, University of California, Davis (2005)
Bachelors in Economics and Hispanic Studies, Lewis & Clark College (2002)

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