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Molly Johnson

Associate Professor
Unit: Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
Department: Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy
Office location and address
Garrett 103
235 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
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
Biography

Lipscomb’s research focuses primarily on environmental issues in developing countries and adaptation to lack of centralized health and sanitation services.  She has analyzed the incentives to pollute near downstream borders, the impact of access to electricity on human development and poverty indicators, the impact of increased agricultural productivity on deforestation, the effectiveness of auctions in reducing prices for sanitation services, and methods of targeting subsidies to households to increase take-up of improved sanitation services.

Lipscomb is a principal investigator on several large randomized controlled trials including a project measuring the impact of different social network and savings interventions in increasing willingness to pay for improved sanitation services in Senegal, a project measuring the importance of access to information in negotiations with service providers in Ghana, a project testing a targeting strategy for subsidies for sanitation services in Burkina Faso, 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.

Willingness or ability to pay? Expanding electricity access with cost sharing and financing
Source: London School of Economics
June 01, 2017 – June 30, 2019
BA - Research on Desludging in Accra and Ouagadougou
Source: Innovations For Poverty Action
May 01, 2017 – July 31, 2017
BA-Lipscomb - IPA - Research on Desludging in Accra and Ouagadougou
Source: Innovations For Poverty Action
August 01, 2016 – December 31, 2016
BA-Liscomb IPA-Senegal-Gates Fdn Agreement OPP1048229
Source: Innovations For Poverty Action
August 01, 2015 – December 31, 2015
BA-The Impact of Development Projects on Leader Popularity and Accountability
Source: Institute of International Education
June 01, 2014 – September 21, 2015
BA-Marketing Structure of Sludge Management for the Benefit of Vulnerable Households in Dakar
Source: Innovations For Poverty Action
January 01, 2014 – May 31, 2014
BA-Chicago Consortium on Financial Services for the Poor. Inside the Black Box of Savings
Source: UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME DU LAC
July 01, 2013 – December 31, 2013
LPPA 4250: Choice and Consequences: The Economics of Public Policy
Credits: 3
This course uses basic models from microeconomics to understand how these decision makers will respond to policies and when voluntary actions in private markets may be expected to lead to suboptimal outcomes and hence the circumstances under which a collective decision to control or influence behavior might produce better outcomes than private choices.
PPOL 4250: Choice and Consequences: The Economics of Public Policy
Credits: 3
This course uses basic models from microeconomics to understand how these decision makers will respond to policies and when voluntary actions in private markets may be expected to lead to suboptimal outcomes and hence the circumstances under which a collective decision to control or influence behavior might produce better outcomes than private choices.
LPPS 6752: Sustainability Policy Design and Evaluation
Credits: 3
We will discuss how to measure and evaluate the trade-offs related to different environmental policy choices. We will discuss benefit-cost analysis, the impact of decentralization of policies impacting multiple jurisdictions, command and control policies versus tradeable permits, and sustainable development. We will evaluate policies designed to reduce water use and pollution, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
PPOL 6752: Sustainability Policy Design and Evaluation
Credits: 3
We will discuss how to measure and evaluate the trade-offs related to different environmental policy choices. We will discuss benefit-cost analysis, the impact of decentralization of policies impacting multiple jurisdictions, command and control policies versus tradeable permits, and sustainable development. We will evaluate policies designed to reduce water use and pollution, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
PPOL 6770: Development Policy and Program Impact Evaluation
Credits: 3
This course will investigate the key topics in development economics. There will be strong focus on the importance of evidence based policy making and the design of program evaluation in development projects, and understanding existing research on development policies and programs.
SYS 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.