Professor Hendrik Wolff joined the Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA) in Bonn as a Research Affiliate in March 2007 and became a Research Fellow in April 2010.

Hendrik Wolff is an Associate Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby (close to Vancouver), Canada. He is co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and on the editorial council of the new journal, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE).

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from the Universities of Göttingen and Bonn respectively. He received a second master and a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, as well as a grant from the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). He was a visiting professor at Resources for the Future, as well as at LMU Munich, University of Cologne and at IZA, Bonn.

Hendrik's main research is in environmental economics, working at the intersection of transportation, air pollution, energy and health. This includes the economic causes and consequences of air pollution; the ”value of time;” the impact of energy conservation policies on electricity consumption; cost benefit analysis of the clean air act and its effects on health; the interactions between climate, local prices, wages and “quality of life; and the economics of Daylight Saving Time. He also developed new econometric estimators for large supply and demand systems that are used in agriculture and energy. He has conducted research projects in Ecuador, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Bangladesh, Ghana, England, Chile and the United States. Hendrik is a Faculty Affiliate of the UW Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, an IZA Research Fellow, and a CESIfo Research Network Affiliate.

Hendrik’s work has impact on both academia and policy. He won the 2009 Ralph C d’Arge and Allen V. Kneese Award for Outstanding Publication, which is awarded annually for the Best Paper in Environmental and Resource Economics. His research has led to important policy changes by the United Nations and the World Bank on the measurement of indices (the Human Development Index (HDI) and the Ease of Doing Business Index). His work is discussed on television (e.g., ABC News) and international media (e.g., The Economist, The Wall Street Journal). He has successfully obtained external funding from organizations such as the NSF, as well as CSSS and the Royalty Research Fund. He has been the chair for six PhD students and has trained many Honors students, many of whom have won multiple awards. Hendrik has also consulted for the U.S. Department of Energy and for the President of the World Bank on important policy issues related to his research.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10170

This paper estimates indirect benefits of improved air quality induced by hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking". The recent increase in natural gas supply led to displacement of coal-fired electricity by cleaner natural gas-fired generation. Using detailed spatial panel data comprising the near universe of US power plants, we find that coal...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8261
published in: Economic Inquiry, 2015, 53(1), 540-556

The launch of Viagra in April 1998 led to a historically unprecedented high usage of erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs. We test whether Viagra's introduction significantly influenced outcomes for its target population such as STD rates of older men, as well as its non-target populations, such as divorces, natality, the distribution...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8180
published in: Economic Journal, 2014, 124(578), F481–F512

Spatial distribution and leakage effects are of great policy concern and increasingly discussed in the economics literature. Here we study Europe's most aggressive recent air pollution regulation: Low Emission Zones are areas in which vehicular access is allowed only to vehicles that emit low levels of air pollutants. Using new...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8179
published in: Annual Review of Resource Economics, 2014, 6, 361-380

Every year between 2000 and 2010, our planet lost native forests roughly the size of Costa Rica. (FAO, 2010). This rapid deforestation has dramatically changed the chemical composition of the world's atmosphere, the level of biodiversity, and the presence of vegetation key to maintaining watershed function and preventing landslides. There...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7339

We present a hedonic framework to estimate U.S. households' preferences over local climates, using detailed weather and 2000 Census data. We find that Americans favor an average daily temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit, will pay more on the margin to avoid excess heat than cold, and are not substantially more...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6788
published in: Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2014, 67(1), 71-88.

Do drivers reduce speeds when gasoline prices are high? Previous research investigating this energy conservation hypothesis produced mixed results. We take a fresh look at the data and estimate a significant negative relationship between speeding and gasoline prices. This presents a new methodology of deriving the 'Value of Time' (VOT)...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6787

Most activities in life require a certain amount of continuous time. Yet, in the traditional economic model of time allocation, the time block is not taken into account. Hence, the same amount of utility is derived from an activity regardless of whether it is performed continuously over one time block...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6234
published in: American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2011, 93 (2), 505–511

Recently, Weather Index Insurance (WII) has received considerable attention as a tool to insure farmers against weather related risks, particularly in developing countries. Donor organizations, local governments, insurance companies, development economists as well as agricultural economists are discussing the costs and benefits of WII. While the literature on WII has...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3346
published as 'Classification, Detection and Consequences of Data Error: Evidence from the Human Development Index' in: Economic Journal, 2011, 121 (553), 843 - 870

This paper examines the consequences of data error in data series used to construct aggregate indicators. Using the most popular indicator of country level economic development, the Human Development Index (HDI), we identify three separate sources of data error. We propose a simple statistical framework to investigate how data error...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2704
published in: Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2008, 56 (3), 207-220

Several countries are considering extending Daylight Saving Time (DST) in order to conserve energy, and the U.S. will extend DST by one month beginning in 2007. However, projections that these extensions will reduce electricity consumption rely on extrapolations and simulations rather than empirical evidence. This paper, in contrast, examines a...