My primary research focus is on environmental and energy economics with secondary interests in empirical industrial organization and applied microeconomics in general. My research goal is to improve public policy making through understanding the impacts of environmental and energy policies and efficient policy design.
My research program emphasizes two important aspects: (1) a sharp focus on important policies or questions that have salient policy implications, and (2) developing or utilizing methodologies that allow for rich counterfactual and welfare analysis.
- How Do Gasoline Prices Affect Fleet Fuel Economy? Shanjun Li, Christopher Timmins and Roger H. von Haefen, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 1(2): 113-137, 2009.
- Gasoline Prices, Government Support, and the Demand for Hybrid Vehicles, Arie Beresteanu and Shanjun Li, International Economic Review, 52(1): 161-182, 2011.
- Lose Some, Save Some: Obesity, Automobile Demand, and Gasoline Consumption, Shanjun Li, Yanyan Liu and Junjie Zhang, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 61(1): 52-66, 2011.
- Traffic Safety and Vehicle Choice: Quantifying the Arms Race on American Roads, Journal of Applied Econometrics, 27(1): 34-62, 2012.
- Is There an Energy Paradox in Fuel Economy? Antonio Bento, Shanjun Li, and Kevin Roth, Economics Letters, 115(1): 44-48, 2012.
- Cost-Effectiveness of Electricity Energy Efficiency Programs, Toshi Arimura, Shanjun Li, Richard Newell and Karen Palmer, Energy Journal, 33(2), 2012
- How Important Are Endogenous Peer Effects in Group Lending? Estimating a Static Game of Incomplete Information, Shanjun Li, Yanyan Liu and Klaus Deininger, Journal of Applied Econometrics, 28(5): 864-882,2013.
- Evaluating ”Cash-for-Clunkers”: Program Effects on Auto Sales and the Environment, Shanjun Li, Joshua Linn and Elisheba Spiller, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 65(2): 165-193,2013.
- Firm Competitiveness and EU Emissions Trading System, Ron Chan, Shanjun Li and Fan Zhang, Energy Policy, 63: 1056-1064, 2013.
- A New Approach to Estimate Residential Electricity Demand Using Household Expenditure Data, Harrison Fell, Shanjun Li and Anthony Paul, International Journal of Industrial Organization, 33: 37-47, 2014.
- How Should Different Countries Tax Fuels to Correct Environmental Externalities?Ian Parry, Dirk Heine, Shanjun Li and Eliza Lis, Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, 3(2), 2014.
- Gasoline Taxes and Consumer Behavior, Shanjun Li, Joshua Linn and Erich Muehlegger, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 6(4): 302-342, 2014.
- Are Physicians’ Prescribing Decisions Sensitive to Drug Prices? Evidence from a Free-Antibiotics Program, Shanjun Li and Ramanan Laxminarayan, Health Economics, 24(2):158-174, 2015.
- The Price Evolution in China’s Automobile Market, Shanjun Li, Junji Xiao and Yimin Liu, forthcoming at Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 24(4), 2015.
- Getting Energy Prices Right: from Principle to Practice, Ian Parry, Dirk Heine, Eliza Lis, and Shanjun Li, Book (183 pages), International Monetary Fund Press, 2014
- Public Bus Procurement: The Role of Regulation, Energy Prices and Federal Subsidies, Shanjun Li, Matthew E. Kahn and Jerry Nickelsburg, Journal of Urban Economics, 87: 57-71, 2015.
- Assessing the Role of Renewable Energy Policies in Landfill Gas to Energy Projects, Shanjun Li, Han Kyul Yoo, Molly Macauley, Karen Palmer, and Jhih-Shyang Shih, Energy Economics, 49: 687-697, 2015.
Manuscripts (available at SSRN)
- Better Lucky Than Rich? Welfare Analysis of Automobile License Allocations in Beijing and Shanghai
- The Cost of Green Stimulus: A Dynamic Discrete Analysis of Vehicle Scrappage Programs, Shanjun Li and Chao Wei
- Efficiency and Environmental Impacts of Electricity Market Restructuring on Coal-fired Power Plants, Ron Chan, Harrison Fell, Ian Lange and Shanjun Li
- Demand Effects of Boycotts Related to Country-of-Origin: The Case of the Automobile Market in China, Qi Sun, Fang Wu, Shanjun Li and Raj Grewaj, working paper
- The Market for Electric Vehicles: Indirect Network Effect and Policy Impacts, Shanjun Li, Tong Lang, Jianwei Xing, and Yiyi Zhou