Garth Heutel

Associate Professor of Economics and Faculty Research Fellow, Georgia State University
Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
Chapter Member: Georgia SSN
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About Garth

Garth Heutel is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He studies energy and environmental policy, behavioral economics, public economics, and the economics of nonprofit organizations. His research has been published in the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Public Economics, The Economic Journal, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and elsewhere. He earned his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin.


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In the News

Opinion: "Americans Got to Vote on Lots of Energy Measures in 2018 – and Mostly Rejected Them," Garth Heutel, The Conversation, November 9, 2018.
Opinion: "Climate Change and Weather Extremes: Both Heat and Cold Can Kill," Garth Heutel (with David Molitor and Nolan Miller), The Conversation, January 19, 2018.
Guest on The Academic Minute, February 11, 2016.
Opinion: "Can Solar Geoengineering be Part of Responsible Climate Policy?," Garth Heutel, The Conversation, December 4, 2015.
Quoted by in "Tesla Expanding Georgia Presence," WABE (Atlanta NPR), October 30, 2014.


"Climate Engineering Economics" (with Juan Moreno-Cruz and Katherine Ricke). Annual Review of Resource Economics 8 (forthcoming).

Summarizes the state of the literature on economic analysis of geoengineering and climate policy.

"Plant Vintages, Grandfathering, and Environmental Policy" Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 61, no. 1 (2011): 36-51.

Models how grandfathering in the Clean Air Act affects the decisions of electricity-generating plant owners and pollution for fossil-fuel-fired plants. 

"Optimal Policy Instruments for Externality-Producing Durable Goods under Present Bias" Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 72 (2015): 54-70.

Derives policy solutions for polluting goods like cars when consumers exhibit a behavioral bias affecting their intertemporal choices.

"The General Equilibrium Incidence of Environmental Mandates" (with Don Fullerton). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 2, no. 3 (2010): 64-89.

​Demonstrates the distributional impacts of a wide range of environmental policies, focusing on how they affect firms' input demands and input prices.

"Impatience, Incentives, and Obesity" (with Charles Courtemanche and Patrick McAlvanah). The Economic Journal 125, no. 582 (2015): 1-31.

Shows how patience and food prices interact to explain the growth in obesity rates in the U.S. over the last several decades.