Antonio Bento
Chair of USC Price School Department of Policy Analysis and Real Estate
Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California
MGPP Course: Global Policy Challenges and Solutions (Part A)
Phone: +1 (213) 821-1762
Expertise: Environmental and energy economics, urban economics, public economics, transportation policy, climate policy, environmental regulation.
Antonio M. Bento is a professor at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics of the University of Southern California. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and a research fellow of the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy. Professor Bento received a BA in Economics from the Nova School of Business and Economics (Portugal) in 1996, and a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics (jointly with Economics) from the University of Maryland in 2000. He previously taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2000-2004), the University of Maryland (2004-2007), Cornell University (2007-2015), and has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, and a regular consultant to the World Bank. Professor Bento is an applied microeconomist with a research program in the areas of environmental, energy, urban, and public economics. Most of his work consists of theoretical and empirical assessments of major public policy issues, and his scholarly interests range widely both in topics and methods.


  • Bento, A. M., Landry, J., & Klotz, R., Are there Carbon Savings from US Biofuel Policies? The Critical Importance of Accounting for Leakage in Land and Fuel Markets; Energy Journal, 36(3), 75-109; 2015.
  • Bento, A. M., Kanbur, R., & Leard, B., Designing Markets for Carbon Offsets with Distributional Constraints; Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 70, 51-71; 2015.
  • Bento, A. M., Ho, B., & Ramirez, M., Optimal Price Instruments in Voluntary Emissions Markets; Energy and Environmental Economics,41, 202-223; 2015.
  • Bento, A. M., Freedman, M., & Lang, C., Who Benefits from Environmental Regulation? Evidence from the Clean Air Act Amendments; Review of Economics and Statistics, 97(3); 2015.
  • Bento, A. M., & Klotz, R., Climate Policy Decisions Require Policy-Based Lifecycle Analysis; Environmental Science and Technology, 10, 5379-5387; 2014.
  • Bento, A. M., Kaffine, D., Roth, K., & Zaragoza, M., The Unintended Consequences of Regulation in the Presence of Multiple Unpriced Externalities: Evidence from the Transportation Sector; American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 6(3), 1- 29; 2014.
  • Bento, A. M., Goulder, L. H., Jacobsen, M., & Von-Haefen, R., Efficiency and Distributional Impacts of Increased U.S. Gasoline Taxes; American Economic Review, 99(3), 667-699; 2009.
  • Bento, A. M., & Jacobsen, M., Ricardian Rents, Environmental Policy, and the ‘Double Dividend’ Hypothesis; Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 53(1), 17-31; 2007.
  • Bento, A. M., Cropper, M., Moborak, M., & Vinha, K., The Impact of Urban Spatial Structure on Travel Demand in the United States; Review of Economics and Statistics, 87(3), 466-478; 2005.