Document Actions

You are here: FRIAS Fellows Fellows 2019/20 Prof. Dr. Dietrich Earnhart

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Earnhart

University of Kansas
External Senior Fellow
May - June 2020

Room 02 022
Phone +49 (0) 761-203 97400
Fax +49 (0) 761-203 97451


Professional Preparation:

Yale University, New Haven, CT             Economics/Political Science, B.A., 1987, Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Univ. of Wisconsin – Madison, WI          Economics, M.S., 1991

Univ. of Wisconsin – Madison, WI          Economics, Ph.D., 1995



2017 – present       Director, Undergraduate Studies Program, Department of Economics, University of Kansas

2009 – present       Full Professor, University of Kansas

2012 – present       Research Associate, Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education  – Economics
                            Institute (CERGE-EI), Charles University – Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic

2002 – 2009           Associate Professor, University of Kansas

2002 – present       Director, Center for Environmental Policy, Institute for Policy and Social Research, University of

1999 – 2003           Research Fellow, William Davidson Institute (at University of Michigan)

1999 – 2003           Research Affiliate, Centre for Economic Policy Research

1997 – 2002           Assistant Professor, University of Kansas

1995 – 1997           Assistant Professor, Fairfield University


Selected Publications

  • “Effect of Cooperative Enforcement Strategies on Wastewater Management,” Economic Inquiry, 56 (2) [April], pg. 1357-1379, 2018 (with Zach Raff).
  • “The Role of Regulated Facilities’ Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Regulatory Monitoring and Enforcement: Compliance with the Clean Water Act,” Ecological Economics, 142, pg. 282-294, 2017 (with Lana Friesen).
  • “‘Effective Regulatory Stringency’ and Firms’ Profitability: The Effects of Effluent Limits and Government Monitoring,” Journal of Regulatory Economics, 50 (2), pg. 111-145, 2016 (with Dylan Rassier).
  • “Corporate Environmental Strategies in Developing and Transition Economies,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 8 (2), pg. 164-185, 2014 (with Madhu Khanna and Thomas Lyon).
  • “Effect of Audits on the Extent of Compliance with Wastewater Discharge Limits,” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 68 (2), pg. 243-261, 2014 (with Donna Ramirez Harrington).


FRIAS Research Project

Information-Based Environmental Regulation: Testing the Porter Hypothesis

This FRIAS project explores the effect of information-based environmental regulation, which requires companies to record and publicly report their pollutant emissions, on companies’ financial outcomes, e.g,. profits. Specifically, the project derives theoretically hypotheses specific to information-based regulation, drawing upon standard economic theory, which posits that any environmental regulation undermines financial outcomes, and the Porter Theory, which posits that environmental regulation may improve financial outcomes. The project then tests empirically these hypotheses in the context of European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) regulation using data on German manufacturing facilities. These data are available from the Mannheim Innovation Panel (MIP) database, which is housed at the Center for European Economic Research [Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW)]. For this project, the applicant is collaborating with research scientists at ZEW: Dr. Philipp Massier and Dr. Kathrine von Graevenitz.