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Erich Muehlegger


  • Ph.D., Economics, MIT, 2005
  • B.A., Mathematics and Economics, Williams College, 1997


Erich Muehlegger specializes in energy, environment, public finance and industrial organization.

Research Focus

Professor Muehlegger conducts research in the economic implications of consumer behavior, and consumer response to taxes and financial incentives.

Selected Publications

  • Marion, J. and E. Muehlegger, “Tax Compliance and Fiscal Externalities: Evidence from U.S. Diesel Taxation.” Journal of Public Economics, 160 (April 2018):1-13.
  • Marion, J., Muehlegger., E., Slemrod, J., and W. Kopczuk, "Does Tax-Collection Invariance Hold? Evasion and the Pass-through of State Diesel Taxes." American Economic Journal: Economics Policy 8.2 (May 2016): 251-286.
  • Li, S., Linn, J., and E. Muehlegger. "Gasoline Taxes and Consumer Behavior." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 6.4 (November 2014): 302–342.
  • Gallagher, K., and E. Muehlegger "Giving Green to Get Green: Incentives and Consumer Adoption of Hybrid Vehicle Technology" Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 61:1 (January 2011):1-15.
  • Davis, L., and E. Muehlegger "Do Americans Consume Too Little Natural Gas" RAND Journal of Economics 41:4 (Winter 2010): 791-810.
  • Marion, J., and E. Muehlegger. "Measuring Illegal Activity and the Effects of Regulatory Innovation: Tax Evasion and the Dyeing of Untaxed Diesel" Journal of Political Economy 116:4 (August 2008): 633-666.



Erich Muehlegger teaches courses in strategy, competition and regulation; markets and market failure; and quantitative analysis and empirical methods.


  • Institute for Transportation Studies, Senate Bill (SB) 1 Research Grant "How Much Pollution Abatement Do EV Subsidies Buy Us?." co-PI ($75,710) 2018
  • Institute for Transportation Studies, Senate Bill (SB) 1 Research Grant "Estimating the Effects of the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Project - Plus Up and the Elasticity of Demand for Electric Vehicles." co-PI ($79,986) 2017
  • National Center for Sustainable Transportation, Caltrans Grant "Understanding the Distributional Impacts of Vehicle Policy: Who Buys New and Used Alternative Vehicles?" co-PI ($99,101) 2017
  • Institute for Transportation Studies, Public Transportation Account Grant "Enivornmental Justice and Barriers to Low Income EV Adoption." co-PI ($39,824) 2017
  • New England University Transportation Center Research Grant, "The Local Effects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Economic Activity and Traffic Safety," co-PI ($85,565), 2015
  • New England University Transportation Center Research Grant, "Land-Use Regulation and Commuting Patterns," co-PI ($84,791), 2014