Assistant Professor
MVR 105
Ithaca, New York
Policy Analysis and Management


Prof. Sanders is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management 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. Prior to coming to Cornell, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the College of William & Mary from 2012-2015.

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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [link

Working papers (available online):

Long-Run Pollution Exposure and Adult Mortality: Evidence from the Acid Rain Program, joint with Alan I. Barreca and Matthew Niedell (NBER Working Paper No. 23524)

Technology and the Effectiveness of Regulatory Programs Over Time: Vehicle Emissions and Smog Checks With a Changing Fleet, joint with Ryan Sandler (NBER Working Paper No. 23966)

Adapting to Subtle Environmental Change: Agriculture's Trouble with Sulfur After the Acid Rain Program, joint with Alan I. Barreca

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

Policy/Opinion Articles: 

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

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)
ECON 1110: Introductory Microeconomics

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)