Lori Snyder Bennear

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Information disclosure regulations are increasingly common, but their effects on the behavior of regulated firms are unclear. The 1996 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act mandated that community drinking water suppliers issue to customers annual consumer confidence reports (CCRs), containing information on violations of drinking water regulations and(More)
Recent supply shocks in the Gulf of Mexico—including hurricanes, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the seasonal appearance of a large dead zone of low oxygen water (hypoxia)—have raised concerns about the economic viability of the U.S. shrimp fishery. The ability for U.S. shrimpers to mediate supply shocks through increased prices hinges on the degree of(More)
We conducted a randomized controlled trial in rural Bangladesh to examine how household drinking-water choices were affected by two different messages about risk from naturally occurring groundwater arsenic. Households in both randomized treatment arms were informed about the arsenic level in their well and whether that level was above or below the(More)
We develop and apply a new method for estimating the economic benefits of an environmental amenity. The method is based upon the notion of estimating the derived demand for a privately traded option to utilize an open access good. In particular, the demand for state fishing licenses is used to infer the benefits of recreational fishing. Using panel data on(More)
The types and nature of a firm’s innovative activities are influenced by a firm’s organizational structure. We develop an empirical framework to examine the effect of Total Quality Environmental Management (TQEM) on the adoption of 43 types of innovative pollution prevention activities over the period 1992-1996, and to determine whether the effect of this(More)
  • Soumya Balasubramanya, Alexander Pfaff, +4 authors Alexander van Geen
  • Environment and development economics
  • 2014
A national campaign of well testing through 2003 enabled households in rural Bangladesh to switch, at least for drinking, from high-arsenic wells to neighboring lower-arsenic wells. We study the well-switching dynamics over time by re-interviewing, in 2008, a randomly selected subset of households in the Araihazar region who had been interviewed in 2005.(More)
In 1998, the Bangladesh government began painting wells that exceeded the Bangladeshi standard of 50 parts per billion (ppb) arsenic red and wells that were below this standard green. This “bright lines” format (safe/unsafe) neglects to convey to households the continuous relationship between arsenic exposure and health risks. This can have serious health(More)
Among the third of the world’s population that continues to use nature’s “Open Sky Latrines,” improved sanitation facilities represent an impure public good. For both epidemiological and social reasons, an individual household’s payoff to latrine use will depend on the sanitation decisions of other households in the village. Data from a randomized(More)
We are now at an inflection point in history, where we no longer look to the ocean solely for protein and waterways, but also as a source for many more aspects of our increasingly industrialized society1–3. While much of our focus has been terrestrially based where impacts are easier to identify, greater attention is needed to the industrialization of our(More)