Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management, University of Washington, 2012
Master of Science in Economics, University College London, 2001
Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1999

Lily Hsueh graduated from the Evans School Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management in December 2012. Her research interests include governance, political economy, public policy, natural resource and environmental economics, applied econometrics, and mixed methods research design.  

Prior to her doctoral studies, Hsueh worked as a senior analyst in the Economic Research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Her other professional analytical experience includes serving as a research associate for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Congressional Budget Office. Hsueh has been the founding member, board member, and campaign coordinator for international environmental NGOs.

In Hsueh’s dissertation, she theorizes about, as well as empirically assesses, how economics and politics interact, and how institutions play a mediating role in determining policy effectiveness in the new era of environmental management where government is no longer synonymous with governance. Specifically, Hsueh’s dissertation investigates the policy impact of bilateral voluntary agreements–one form of private or industry self-regulation and the compliance-related decision-making and negotiation processes that have led to them in industrial toxic chemicals, a sector where the government has had a difficult time keeping up with new chemicals and new combinations of them because of rapid technological development. To accomplish this, Hsueh draws from economics, political science, and public policy. She employs advanced time series analysis techniques, which are state-of-the-art tools in macroeconomic growth research and finance studies, and apply them for the first time in natural resource and environmental economics and policy, in addition to utilizing micro-econometric techniques and systematic qualitative methods, including in-depth interviews.

Hsueh was a recipient of the University of Washington’s Presidential Dissertation Fellowship. Her dissertation has been nominated for the 2013 University of Washington Distinguished Dissertation Award and the Association of Policy Analysis and Management’s 2013 Award for the Best Dissertation in Public Policy and Management.

Hsueh holds a MS in Economics from the University College London, and a BA in Economics and Environmental Economics and Policy (minor) from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Current Position: 
Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University (January 2015); National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Environmental Economics
Environmental Policy
Mixed Methods
Dissertation title: 
Private Regulation on the Environment: Bilateral Voluntary Agreements in U.S. Toxic Chemicals Policy
Recent Publications: 

“Beyond Regulation: Industry Voluntary Ban in Arsenic Use,” Journal of Environmental Management, forthcoming.

“Incentivizing Regulators: Federal and State-level Voluntary Programs in U.S. Climate Change Policies,” with Aseem Prakash.  Regulation & Governance, 6(4), December 2012: 445-473.

“Private Voluntary Programs in Climate Change: U.S. Federal Government as the Sponsoring Actor,” with Aseem Prakash, in Business and Climate Policy: The Potential and Pitfalls of Private Voluntary Programs, edited by Karsten Ronit.  United Nations University Press, 2012.

“Trends in Bay Area IT Employment.”  Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economics Letter, Number 2007-23, August 3, 2007.

“Recession in the West: Not a Rerun of 1990-1991,” with Mary Daly. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economics Letter, Number 2002-06, March 8, 2002.

Dissertation Committee Members: 
David F. Layton (chair)
C. Leigh Anderson
Aseem Prakash
Craig W. Thomas
Eric W. Zivot (Economics)
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