Areas of Expertise
Environmental Economics, Energy Economics, Urban Economics,
Antonio M. Bento is a professor at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University. He received a BA in Economics from the Nova School of Business and Economics (Portugal) in 1996, and a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics (jointly with Economics) from the University of Maryland in 2000. He previously taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2000-2004), the University of Maryland (2004-2007), and has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, and a consultant to the World Bank.
Professor Bento is an applied microeconomist with a research program in the areas of environmental, energy, urban, and public economics. Most of his work consists of theoretical and empirical assessments of major public policy issues, and his scholarly interests range widely both in topics and methods. For the past few years, Professor Bento has written on topics related to the design of climate change mitigation policies and the interactions of (new) environmental policies with the broader tax system; the effectiveness of policies that promote the expansion of biofuels, renewable energy, and the diffusion of cleaner technologies; causes and remedies of urban sprawl and urban environmental challenges in developed and developing countries; the benefits of major environmental regulations, such as the Clean Air Act and its Amendments; individual responses to real-time pricing; and the distributional impacts of various environmental policies, including federal gasoline taxes. His work has been published in the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, the Journal of Urban Economics, the Energy Journal and other scholarly journals and books.
Professor Bento contributed to the New York State Climate Change Action Plan, the New York State Biofuels Roadmap, the U.N. Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) Assessment Report on Biofuels, and he is currently a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report.
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2000
B.A., Universidade Nova de LIsboa, Portugal, 1996
"The Unintended Consequences of Regulation in the Presence of Multiple Unpriced Externalities: Evidence from the Transportation Sector" (with Kevin Roth, Daniel Kaffine and Mathew Zaragoza), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Forthcoming
"Carpooling and Driver Responses to Fuel Price Changes: Evidence from Traffic Flows in Los Angeles" (with Daniel Kaffine and Jonathan Hughes), Journal of Urban Economics 77, 41-56, September 2013
"Equity Impacts of Environmental Policy", Annual Review of Resource Economics, Volume 5, October 2013
"Regional and Local Air Pollution from Stationary Sources", Encyclopedia of Energy, Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, 39, April 2013
"Is there an Energy Paradox in Fuel Economy?" (with Shanjun Li and Kevin Roth) Economic Letters, 115(1), 44-48, April 2012
Bento, Antonio, Sofia Franco, and Daniel Kaffine. 2011. Is there a double-dividend from anti-sprawl policies? Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 61(2):135-52.
Auffhammer, Maximilian, Antonio Bento, and Scott Lowe. 2011. City-level effects of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, Land Economics 87(1):1-18.
Bento, Antonio, Sofia Franco, and Daniel Kaffine. 2011. Is zoning a barrier to effective rehabilitation subsidies? Regional Science and Urban Economics 41(3):196-206.
Bento, Antonio, Lawrence Goulder, Mark Jacobsen and Roger Von-Haefen. 2009. Efficiency and distributional impacts of increased U.S. gasoline taxes. American Economic Review 99(3).
Bento, Antonio, Maximilian Aufhammer, and Scott Lowe. 2009. Measuring the effects of the Clean Air Act Amendments on ambient PM10 concentrations: The critical importance of a Spatially disaggregated analysis. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 58(1).
Bento, Antonio, Sofia Franco, and Daniel Kaffine. 2009. Efficiency and spatial impacts of development taxes: The critical role of alternative revenue-recycling schemes, American Journal of Agricultural Economics 91(5).
Bento, Antonio, Scott Lowe, Gerrit Knaap, and Arnab Chakraborty. 2009. Housing Market Effects of Inclusionary Zoning. Cityscape 11(2).
Bento, Antonio, “Biofuels: Economic and Public Policy Considerations”, Chapter 11, Proceedings of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) International Biofuels Project Rapid Assessment, 22-25 September 2008, Gummersbach, Germany. R.W. Howarth and S. Bringezu, editors. April 2009
Bento, Antonio, Stephen Porder, A. Leip, L.A. Martinelli, J. Samseth and T. W. Simpson “Quantifying the Environmental Impacts of Biofuel Production: Knowns and Unknowns”, Chapter 14, Proceedings of the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) International Biofuels Project Rapid Assessment, 22-25 September 2008, Gummersbach, Germany. R.W. Howarth and S. Bringezu, editors. April 2009
Bento, Antonio, Akie Takeuchi, Maureen Cropper “The Welfare Effects of Urban Land Use Policies on Slum Dwellers: The case of Mumbai, India”, Journal of Urban Economics 64, November 2008
Bento, Antonio, Charles Towe, and Jackie Geoghegan. December 2007. The Effects of Moratoria on Residential Development: Evidence from a Matching Approach. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 89(5).
Bento, Antonio, Mark Jacobsen. January 2007. Ricardian Rents, Environmental Policy, and the "Double Dividend" Hypothesis. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 53(1).
Bento, Antonio, Sofia Franco, and Daniel Kaffine. January 2006. The Efficiency and Distributional Impacts of Anti-Sprawl Policies. Journal of Urban Economics 59(1).
Bento, Antonio, Maureen Cropper, Mushfiq Moborak, and Katja Vinha. August 2005. The Impact of Urban Spatial Structure on Travel Demand in the United States. Review of Economics and Statistics 87(3).
Bento, Antonio, Lawrence Goulder, Emeric Henry, Mark Jacobsen, and Roger Von-Haefen. May 2005. Distributional and Efficiency Impacts of Gasoline Taxes: An Econometrically-based Multi-market Study. American Economic Review 95(2).