Sheila Olmstead: The Economic Costs of Water Pollution

Sheila Olmstead, Professor of Public Affairs, LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, will speak on “The Economic Costs of Water Pollution.”

Americans consistently list water quality among their most significant environmental concerns. However, analysis of ambient water quality regulations in the US suggests that such regulations have unfavorable benefit-cost ratios, particularly compared to those for regulations that target air quality and drinking water quality. This lecture will review what we know from existing economic research about the benefits of ambient water pollution control, and conversely, the costs of water pollution.

This Social Sciences Forum lecture is the Mullen Lecture. Admission is free. A reception will follow the talk.

UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. If you would like to request accommodations (e.g., ASL interpreters, captioning, wheelchair access, etc.) for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to the event. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make arrangements for program access. Please contact us at with your specific request and be sure to include the event title, date, and time.


Start Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Start Time: 4:00 pm

End Date:
End Time:

Department Represented: Social Sciences Forum — Mullen Lecture

Venue Name: Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th Floor

Open Year Round:

CTA Text:
CTA Link:

Scroll to Top