Zach Raff

Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Social Sciences Department
College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 441D Harvey Hall
Phone: 715-232-2493
Email: raffz@uwstout.edu
Personal website: sites.google.com/site/raffzach/

Teaching Interests: Environmental economics, applied econometrics, public finance, quantitative research methods

Research Interests: Environmental economics, labor economics, environmental policy analysis

Education

    • Ph D Economics
      University of Kansas
      Lawrence, KS, 2016
    • MA Economics
      University of Kansas
      Lawrence, KS, 2014
    • Master of Public Policy
      American University
      Washington, DC, 2012
    • BS Mathematics
      Upper Iowa University
      Fayette, IA, 2008

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Social Science Department
        Assistant Professor of Economics
        August 2016 -
      • University of Kansas, Department of Economics
        Graduate Research Assistant
        August 2012 - July 2016
      • University of Kansas, Department of Economics
        Instructor
        August 2015 - May 2016

    Government

      • US Environmental Protection Agency
        Analyst
        November 2010 - July 2012
      • US Senator Russell Feingold
        Intern
        May 2008 - August 2008

    Industry

      • Epic Systems
        Technical Service Engineer
        September 2008 - January 2010

Intellectual Contributions

    Journal Article

    • Raff, Z., & Earnhart, D. (Revising to Resubmit). "Effect of Cooperative Enforcement Strategies on Wastewater Management: Innovation or Regulatory Capture?". Economic Inquiry.
    • Raff, Z., & Earnhart, D. (Revising to Resubmit). “The Effects of Enforcement on Environmental Management: Environmental Labor and the Clean Water Act”. Land Economics.

    Policy Report

    • Raff, Z., Schroeder, J., O'Donnell, D., McMurray, M., Winston, W., & Olp, K. (2012). "Expanding Beyond Coal: Data Collection, Economic Revitalization, and Workforce Development Strategies in Communities Affected by Coal Plant Closures" (Policy Report). , Sierra Club "Beyond Coal Campaign".

Presentations

    Paper

    • Raff, Z. (2016). “Environmental Labor and End-of-Pipe Treatment Capital: An Analysis of Firm Response to Government Interventions”. Midwest Economic Association Annual Meetings, AERE Sessions, Evanston, IL.
    • Raff, Z. (2016). "Effect of Environmental Enforcement on Production-Based Labor vs. Environmental Labor". Southern Economics Association Annual Meetings, AERE Sessions, Washington, DC.
    • Raff, Z. (2015). "Effect of Cooperative Enforcement Strategies on Wastewater Management: Innovation or Regulatory Capture?”. 4th Annual Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Summer Conference, San Diego, CA.
    • Raff, Z. (2015). "Effect of Cooperative Enforcement Strategies on Wastewater Management: Innovation or Regulatory Capture?”. Midwest Economic Association Annual Meetings, AERE Sessions, Minneapolis, MN.
    • Raff, Z. (2015). “Environmental Labor and End-of-Pipe Treatment Capital: An Analysis of Firm Response to Government Interventions”. Southern Economics Association Annual Meetings, AERE Sessions, New Orleans, LA.
    • Raff, Z. (2014). "Effect of Cooperative Enforcement Strategies on Wastewater Management: Innovation or Regulatory Capture?”. University of Colorado-Boulder Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop, Boulder, CO.

    Seminar

    • Raff, Z. (2014). "Effluent Limits and Wastewater Discharges from Kansas Point Sources". Kansas Water: Research and Communication, From Data to News, Lawrence, KS.

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Fellowship

    • Institute for Policy and Social Research Doctoral Fellowship, University of Kansas (2014)
    • Self Graduate Fellowship, University of Kansas (2012)

    Award

    • "S" Award for Superior Achievement, US Environmental Protection Agency (2012)
    • Advancing the Mission Award, US Environmental Protection Agency (2012)

    Scholarship

    • Graduate Study Grant for full tuition remission, American University (2010)
    • Division II Athletics Scholarship, Upper Iowa University (2005)

Professional Memberships

  • American Economic Association (AEA)
  • Midwest Economics Association (MEA)
  • Southern Economics Association (SEA)
  • Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE)