Ashley Langer is an econometrics, energy, and industrial organization expert. Professor Langer applies sophisticated empirical methods to a range of issues involving energy, transportation, and the environment, among other industries. She has analyzed consumer decisions related to automotive vehicles and gasoline, including decisions on which vehicles to drive, how preferences form, and when and where to purchase fuel. Professor Langer also addresses the impact of consumer demographic group preferences on vehicle pricing.
In her recent research, Professor Langer has addressed energy and environmental policy design issues. For example, she has analyzed international oil markets and the factors that influence pricing, as well as how Clean Air Act regulatory enforcement affects pollution levels and firms’ investment decisions. Further, she has studied the impact of energy policy with respect to durable goods markets such as automobiles. In particular, Professor Langer has examined the optimal level of gasoline taxes or corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards, as well as potential incentives for alternative fuel vehicle adoption. Her earlier work includes assessing the effect of congestion tolling on urban land use.
Professor Langer’s research has been published in leading academic journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. She is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
At the University of Arizona, Professor Langer teaches courses in business strategy, empirical research methods, environmental economics, energy and environmental policy, and government regulation. She has been honored with several teaching and advising awards. In addition, Professor Langer presents on transportation, energy, and environmental topics at professional conferences and universities in the United States and internationally.
Professor Langer previously taught at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She was a visiting scholar at the Energy Policy Institute of Chicago, University of Chicago.