Mark A. Cohen

Mark A. Cohen

Justin Potter Professor of American Competitive Enterprise and Professor of Law
University Fellow, Resources for the Future

Subject Areas

Ethics & Social Responsibility, Strategy and Business Economics

Biography

Mark Cohen is a leading expert on environmental regulation and disclosure policies, as well as corporate crime and punishment. His extensive career in academia and the private and public sectors has seen him publish over 100 articles and books on a wide variety of topics, serve in several capacities within the Federal Government, and consult with major corporations.


Impact

Professor Cohen’s 2001 paper with Shameek Konar – Does the Market Value Environmental Performance? – was cited as one of the 75 seminal and most influential articles in the field of Business and the Natural Environment.

Teaching

At Vanderbilt, Cohen teaches Corporate Strategies for Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Issues; Financial Analysis of ESG Data; The Future of Energy Markets in a Low Carbon Economy; Law and Business of Climate Change; and an international project course, Doing Business in Israel.

Research Interests

Professor Cohen’s research tracks are extremely diverse. Themes broadly focus on law and economics - including environmental and criminal justice issues, with topics including why firms reduce toxic chemical emissions, cost-benefit analysis of oil spill regulation and enforcement; racial disparity in the auto lending industry; and the cost of crime.

Education

B.S.F.S., International Economics, Georgetown University, 1978

M.A., Economics, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1983

Ph.D., Economics, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1985

Select Publications

Articles

Willingness-to-Pay for Crime Control Programs

Cohen, Mark A., Roland Rust, Sara Steen, and Simon Tidd, "Willingness-to-Pay for Crime Control Programs." Criminology 42(1): 86-106 (February 2004).

Willingness to Award' Nonmonetary Damages and the Implied Value of Life from Jury Awards

Cohen, Mark A. and Ted R. Miller, "'Willingness to Award' Nonmonetary Damages and the Implied Value of Life from Jury Awards," International Review of Law and Economics 23: 165-81 (June 2003).

Determinants of Environmental Innovation in U.S. Manufacturing Industries

Brunnermeier, Smita and Mark A. Cohen, "Determinants of Environmental Innovation in U.S. Manufacturing Industries," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 45(2): 278-93 (March 2003).

Does the Market Value Environmental Performance?

Konar, Shameek and Mark A. Cohen, "Does the Market Value Environmental Performance?" Review of Economics and Statistics 83 (2): 281-9 (May 2001).

Information as a Policy Instrument in Protecting the Environment: What Have We Learned?"

Cohen, Mark A. "Information as a Policy Instrument in Protecting the Environment: What Have We Learned?" Environmental Law Reporter 31: 10425-31 (April 2001).

Empirical Research on the Deterrent Effect of Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement

Cohen, Mark A. "Empirical Research on the Deterrent Effect of Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement," Environmental Law Reporter, 30: 10245-52 (April 2000).

The Monetary Value of Saving a High Risk Youth

Cohen, Mark A. "The Monetary Value of Saving a High Risk Youth," Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 14 (1): 5-33 (1998).

Information As Regulation: The Effect of Community Right to Know Laws on Toxic Emissions

Konar, Shameek and Mark A. Cohen, "Information As Regulation: The Effect of Community Right to Know Laws on Toxic Emissions," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 32(1): 109-124 (1997).

Firm Response to Environmental Pressures

Cohen, Mark A. "Firm Response to Environmental Pressures," Managerial and Decision Economics. Guest Editor of Special Issue with seven refereed articles (including Introduction, pp. 417-20). Volume 18 (1997).

Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Crime and Justice." Chapter in Volume 4 (pp. 263-316): Measurement and Analysis of Crime and Justice

Cohen, Mark A. "Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Crime and Justice." Chapter in Volume 4 (pp. 263-316): Measurement and Analysis of Crime and Justice," Criminal Justice 2000. National Institute of Justice, July 2000, NCJ 182411; available at http://www.ncjrs.org/criminal_justice2000/vol_4/04f.pdf.

Monitoring and Enforcement of Environmental Policy

Cohen, Mark A. "Monitoring and Enforcement of Environmental Policy," International Yearbook of Environmental and Resource Economics 1999/2000, edited by Tom Tietenberg and Henk Folmer; Edward Elgar publishers, 1999, pages 44-106.

Balancing the "Right-to-Know" with the Need for Security

Cohen, Mark A. "Transparency after 9/11: Balancing the "Right-to-Know" with the Need for Security," Corporate Environmental Strategy, 9(4): 368-74 (2002).

Environmental Information Disclosure and Stakeholder Involvement: Searching for Common Ground

Environmental Information Disclosure and Stakeholder Involvement: Searching for Common Ground

Prevention, Crime Control or Cash? Public Preferences towards Criminal Justice Spending Priorities,

Cohen, Mark A., Roland T. Rust, and Sara Steen, "Prevention, Crime Control or Cash? Public Preferences towards Criminal Justice Spending Priorities," Justice Quarterly (2006).

The Costs of Crime and Justice.

Cohen, Mark A. The Costs of Crime and Justice (New York, NY: Routledge, 2005); ISBN 0-415-70072-8 (hardback), 0-415-70073-6 (paperback).

Information Disclosure

Cohen, Mark A. and V. Santhakumar, “Information Disclosure as Environmental Regulation: A Theoretical Analysis.” Environmental and Resource Economics 37(3): 599-620 (July 2007).

Presentations

Corporate Sustainability Reporting

Corporate Sustainability Reporting, International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation/American Petroleum Institute Workshop on CSR/Sustainability Reporting, San Francisco, CA. April 3, 2003.

Oil Pollution Prevention and Enforcement Measures and their Effectiveness: a Survey of Empirical Research from the U.S.

Cohen, Mark A. "Oil Pollution Prevention and Enforcement Measures and their Effectiveness: a Survey of Empirical Research from the U.S." in Proceedings of International Conference on Marine (Oil) Pollution: Legal Remedies in China, Europe and the US. Volume in Comparative Environmental Law & Policy Series, Kluwer Law International, Eric W. Orts & Kurt Deketelaere eds., (forthcoming, 2005).

"Why Do Firms Comply (and sometimes 'Over-comply') with Environmental Regulations?

Why Do Firms Comply (and sometimes 'Over-comply') with Environmental Regulations? Conference on Economic Aspects of Environmental Compliance Assurance, Paris, France, December 2-3, 2004 (sponsored by OECD Global Forum on Sustainable Development).

"Oil Pollution Prevention and Enforcement Measures and their Effectiveness: a Survey of Empirical Research from the U.S."

"Oil Pollution Prevention and Enforcement Measures and their Effectiveness: a Survey of Empirical Research from the U.S."

"The Cost of Crime: Methods and Findings from Past & Recent Research"

The Cost of Crime: Methods and Findings from Past & Recent Research European Seminar on Costs and the Distribution of Costs of Crime and Disorder and Crime Prevention, Helsinki, Finland, April 1-2, 2004 (sponsored by Finnish National Council for Crime Prevention, Swedish Council for Crime Prevention, and European Commission).