Areas of Expertise
Environmental Economics, Energy Economics, Urban Economics,
403 Warren Hall • Phone: 607.255.0626
Antonio M. Bento is an associate professor in Cornell’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Bento graduated from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, with a B.A. in economics in 1996 and earned a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Maryland in 2000. Prior to joining Cornell, he was a faculty member at the Donald Bren School of Environmental Sciences and Management and the Department of Economics at the University of California-Santa Barbara and, more recently, at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. He has also been a consultant to the research division of the World Bank.
Most of Professor Bento’s research lies at the boundaries of environmental, energy, urban, and public economics, and uses state-of-the-art econometric and computable general equilibrium methods, as well as geographical information (GIS) tools.
Over the past few years, Professor Bento has worked on a variety of topics including:
- Environmental tax reform and the “double-dividend” hypothesis
- Costs and distributional impacts of reducing gasoline consumption and carbon emissions from the transportation sector
- Effectiveness of major U.S. environmental legislation (e.g., the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments, the RECLAIM program)
- Urban environmental problems in less-developed countries (e.g., slums in India and motorization in China)
- Urban sprawl and land use change in the U.S.
Currently, Professor Bento is launching a research agenda on the economics of biofuels that aims to evaluate the costs and environmental consequences of federal and state ethanol subsidies.
Professor Bento’s research has appeared in numerous journals and books, including the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and Journal of Urban Economics.
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2000
B.A., Universidade Nova de LIsboa, Portugal, 1996
"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, Forthcoming
"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).