- Clean Energy
- Energy Markets
- Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
- Innovation and Diffusion
- Market-based Incentives
- Policy Analysis
- Smart Grid
- Voluntary Programs
- PhD, Indiana University, Public Policy
- BA, University of Pennsylvania, Economics and International Relations
Daniel Matisoff teaches and conducts research in the areas of public policy, energy policy, and corporate sustainability. His research focuses on the effectiveness and efficiency of comparative approaches to addressing environmental problems and the adoption and diffusion of energy technologies and policies. He currently is a fellow with the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainability, and is affiliated with the Strategic Energy Institute and Center for Urban Innovation. He has participated in over $4 million of sponsored research through the National Science Foundation, the European Union Center for Excellence, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Georgia Department of Transportation, and the National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center. His recent research has resulted in publications in the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Environmental and Resource Economics, Energy Economics, Environmental Science and Technology, Energy Policy, and Business Strategy and the Environment, among other outlets. His current research interests include: evaluating the effectiveness of voluntary eco-labeling programs; the effectiveness of incentives for solar electricity; the adoption of smart grid technologies and policies; and the impact of large scale solar adoption on consumer rates and bills.
Journal Article – May 2020
Blackburn, C.J., Flowers, M.E., Matisoff, D.C. and Moreno‐Cruz, J. (2020), Do Pilot and Demonstration Projects Work? Evidence from a Green Building Program. J. Pol. Anal. Manage.. doi:10.1002/pam.22218
"The Comparative Effectiveness of Residential Solar Incentives"
Journal Article – August 2017
"Peak Shifting and Cross-Class Subsidization: The Impacts of Solar PV on Changes in Electricity Costs"
Journal Article – July 2017
Johnson, Erik, Ross Beppler, Christopher Blackburn, Benjamin Staver, Marilyn Brown, and Daniel Matisoff. (2017) “Peak Shifting and Cross-Class Subsidization: The Impacts of Solar PV on Changes in Electricity Costs” Energy Policy 106: 436-444.
Journal Article – July 2016
This article presents an overview of green building economics and policies through a survey of theoretical and empirical evidence concerning green building practices. We define green building policy as policies that affect the entire life of the building, from design and construction to operation and deconstruction. We examine the economics of green buildings in the United States, with particular emphasis on market failures in the building sector such as information problems and externalities. We also discuss how policy instruments are used to address these market failures. We present original data on the types and potential impacts of these policy instruments in the United States, along with a brief review of international green building programs. We conclude by describing challenges for the empirical study of green buildings and priorities for future research and policy in this area.
Matisoff, Daniel C., Douglas S. Noonan, and Mallory E. Flowers. "Policy Monitor—Green Buildings: Economics and Policies." Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 10.2 (2016): 329-346.
"Performance or marketing benefits? the case of LEED certification"
Journal Article – February 2014
Green building adoption is driven by both performance-based benefits and marketing based benefits. Performance based benefits are those that improve performance or lower operating costs of the building or of building users. Marketing benefits stem from the consumer response to green certification. This study illustrates the relative importance of the marketing based benefits that accrue to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings due to green signaling mechanisms, specifically related to the certification itself are identified. Of course, all participants in the LEED certification scheme seek marketing benefits. But even among LEED participants, the interest in green signaling is pronounced. The green signaling mechanism that occurs at the certification thresholds shifts building patterns from just below to just above the threshold level, and motivates builders to cluster buildings just above each threshold. Results are consistent across subsamples, though nonprofit organizations appear to build greener buildings and engage in more green signaling than for-profit entities. Using nonparametric regression discontinuity, signaling across different building types is observed. Marketing benefits due to LEED certification drives organizations to build "greener" buildings by upgrading buildings at the thresholds to reach certification levels. © 2014 American Chemical Society.
Environmental Science and Technology. 48. Issue 3. 2001 - 2007. ISSN 0013-936X. DOI 10.1021/es4042447.
Chapter – April 2020
Matisoff, Daniel. “Letting the Fox Guard the Hen House? Corporate Responsibility and Environmental Governance.” 2020. In Konisky, David (ed). The Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy. Edward Elgar. 2020.
Journal Article – 2019
Mallory E. Flowers, Daniel C. Matisoff & Douglas S. Noonan (2019) For what it's worth: evaluating revealed preferences for green certification, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 62:5, 843-861, DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2018.1447444