Nikolaos Zirogiannis

Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy, Indiana University, Bloomington
Chapter Member: Indiana SSN
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About Nikolaos

Zirogiannis has written Op-Eds and been interviewed on the radio (as well as news outlets) regarding my research in air quality and health. Zirogiannis also have an on-going collaboration with an NGO in Houston Texas (Air Alliance Houston) that engages in advocacy issues around air quality.

In the News

Quoted by Sean Riley in "EPA Inches Toward Stance on Plant Startup-Shutdown Rule," Greenwire, September 15, 2020.
Opinion: "How Disasters Like Harvey Make Air Pollution Worse," Nikolaos Zirogiannis (with Alex J. Hollingsworth and David Konisky), Houston Chronicle, February 16, 2018.
Opinion: "Air Pollution From Industrial Shutdowns and Startups Worse Than Thought," Nikolaos Zirogiannis (with Alex J. Hollingsworth and David Honisky), The Conversation, February 14, 2018.


"Racial, Ethnic, and Income Disparities in Air Pollution: A Study of Excess Emissions in Texas" (with Nikolaos Zirogiannis and Zhengyan Li). Plos One (2019).

Examines the environmental justice implications of industrial air emissions in Texas. Finds that the percentage of Black population and median household income are positively associated with industrial air emissions.

"The Health Consequences of Excess Emissions:" (with Alex J. Hollingsworth and David M Konisky). Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 108 (2021).

Provides causal evidence on the link between ozone pollution and premature mortality. Demonstrates that industrial emissions above a facility's permitted limits in Texas, cause an average of 35 elderly (ages 65 and above) deaths per year.

"Understanding Excess Emissions from Industrial Facilities: Evidence from Texas" (with Alex J. Hollingsworth and David M Konisky). ACS Publications 52, no. 5 (2018): 2482–2490.

Analyzes excess emissions from industrial facilities in Texas and provide summary data on both the pollutants most often emitted as excess emissions and the industrial sectors and facilities responsible for those emissions. Uses an integrated assessment model, we estimate that the health damages in Texas from excess emissions are approximately $150 million annually.

"Estimating Co-Pollutant Benefits From Climate Change Policies in the Electricity Sector: A Regression Approach" (with Alex J. Hollingsworth and Daniel H. Simon). Energy Economics 90 (2020).

Provides a empirical (regression-based) approach of estimating health damage reductions due to co-pollutant (NOx, SO2) emissions reductions in the electricity generating sector

"TX212.12 Paul O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington, Comments on EPA-R06-OAR-2018-0770-0001," Environmental Protection Agency, June 20, 2019.

Discusses a proposed rule that would create a more lax regulatory environment for industrial emissions of air pollutants. Argues that the EPA's proposed rule is flawed and inadequate to ensure environmental quality and protect public health.