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

EDUCATION: B.A., Macalester College M.A., M.S., Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin 

West has been teaching at Macalester since 1999. 

Journal Articles


Tax and Subsidy Combinations for the Control of Car Pollution (with Don Fullerton), The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (2010)


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)



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...


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)

Taxes versus Standards: Policies for the Reduction of Gasoline Consumption, 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook (2010)


The Impact of NAFTA and the WTO on Chiapas and Southern Mexico: Hypotheses and Preliminary Evidence (with M. Conroy), Poverty or Development? Global Restructuring and Regional Transformations in the U.S. South and the Mexican South (2000)

Popular Press


Should Distributional Considerations Hold Up Higher Gasoline Taxes?, Resources for the Future Weekly Commentary (2009)

Working Papers


Empirical Estimates for Environmental Policy in a Second-Best Setting (with R. Williams), NBER Working Paper #10330 (2004)


Market-based Policies for Pollution Control in Latin America (with Ann Wolverton), Working Paper 2003-1, National Center for Environmental Economics, Environmental Protection Agency (2003)