Professor West specializes in public and environmental economics. In particular, she analyzes optimal tax policy, focusing on estimation of behavioral responses to policies for the control of vehicle pollution and the reduction of gasoline consumption, including taxes on gasoline, subsidies to clean vehicles, and Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. EDUCATION: B.A., Macalester College M.A., M.S., Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin West has been teaching at Macalester since 1999.
Public transit and urban redevelopment: The effect of light rail transit on land use in Minneapolis, Minnesota (with Needham B. Hurst), Regional Science and Urban Economics (2014)
Tax and Subsidy Combinations for the Control of Car Pollution (with Don Fullerton), The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (2010)
Alcohol-Leisure Complementarity: Empirical Estimates and Implications for Tax Policy (with Ian W.H. Parry), National Tax Journal (2009)
Fiscal and Externality Rationales for Alcohol Policies (with Ian W. Parry and Ramanan Laxminarayan), B E Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (2009)
Optimal taxation and cross-price effects on labor supply: Estimates of the optimal gas tax (with Roberton C. Williams), Journal of Public Economics (2007)
Environmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean (with Aldemaro Romero) (2005)
Public Finance Solutions to Vehicle Emissions Problems in California (with Don Fullerton), Don Fullerton (2003)
All urban centers in California violate the Federal standard for ozone. So far, the State...
Market Opportunities for Recycling in Texas, Volume II: Texas Manufacturers’ Demand for Inputs (with M. Mohammadioun, S. Ahmed, and B. Palifka) (1997)
Contributions to Books
Should Distributional Considerations Hold up Higher Gasoline Taxes?, Issues of the Day: 100 Commentaries on Climate, Energy, the Environment, Transportation, and Public Health Policy (2010)