Erich Muehlegger is an associate professor and chair of the graduate program in the Economics department at UC-Davis, a research associate at the NBER, and a member of the Energy Graduate Group and Transportation, Technology and Policy program and the Davis Energy Economics Program. Formerly, he was on the faculty at Harvard Kennedy School, and the faculty chair of the Regulatory Policy Program. His research interests include industrial organization, public finance, energy and environmental economics, with a particular focus on the transportation sector. His current and past papers estimate the impacts of fuel taxes on firms and consumers, the effects of government policy on vehicle purchase decisions, and the counterproductive effects of regulation either in the form of suboptimal regulation or the creation of incentives for avoidance and illegal activity. He received his PhD in economics from MIT in 2005.