Molly Lipscomb

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Phone Number
Office Location/Room Number
Garrett 103
Curriculum Vitae
Education & Training
University of Colorado at Boulder, Ph.D. in Economics, May 2009
University of Colorado at Boulder, M.A. in Economics, May 2005
Claremont McKenna College, B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, May 1999
Courses Taught
Economics for Public Policy
Development Economics

Lipscomb’s research focuses primarily on environmental issues in developing countries and adaptation to lack of health and sanitation services.  She has analyzed the incentives to pollute near downstream borders in Brazil, the effectiveness of new environmental policies designed to enhance negotiation across local boundaries in Brazil, the impact of access to electricity on human development and poverty indicators in Brazil, and corporate changes in the production of highly polluting products in response to environmental enforcement in India.

Lipscomb is also a principal investigator on several large randomized controlled trials including a project measuring the impact of different social network interventions in increasing willingness to pay for improved sanitation services in Senegal, a project testing the relative effectiveness of different types of leaders in increasing the willingness to pay for water treatment tablets in Uganda, and  a project decomposing the components of personal savings through alternative loan types in Uganda. 

Lipscomb received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009 and has served as a consultant at the World Bank and a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.