Michael R. Moore

Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
U-M Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Sustainability
School of Environment and Sustainability
(734) 647-4337

Michael Moore's teaching involves courses in natural resource and environmental economics. His research interests include analysis of federal water policy and water allocation conflicts between environmental and consumptive uses of river systems; economic aspects of biodiversity and species conservation; and economics of environmental markets, including markets for green products (such as green electricity) and markets for pollution permits (such as the federal SO2 allowance market).

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Research Interests: 
Moore's research covers two general topics: (1) environmental markets and (2) water-resource policy and allocation in the United States. My research on environmental markets includes empirical studies of markets for green products and markets for air pollution permits. The research on green products compares the two main types of green electricity programs and tests predictions from the theory of private provision of public goods using data on household participation in two green electricity programs. The two programs studied are Detroit Edison?s SolarCurrents program and Traverse City Light and Power?s Green Rate program. The research on marketable permits examines the sulfur dioxide allowance market established under the U.S. Clean Air Act and the nitrogen oxides market in the greater Los Angeles area. Using time-series data, we test predictions from theoretical models of the functioning of these two markets. In water-resource economics, Moore studies water-resource policy design and water-resource competition among endangered fish, agriculture, and hydropower. This involves analysis of federal water policy and endangered species policy in the American West. It also involves other policies related to river conservation and use, such as relicensing of private hydropower dams by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.