William Shobe

William M Shobe

Research Director
Director, Center for Economic and Policy Studies, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service; Adjunct Professor of Economics;
Unit: Provost's Office
Department: Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
Office location and address
Room 219, 2400 Old Ivy Rd.
2400 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D. (economics), University of Minnesota, 1987
J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, 1980

Professor Shobe splits his time between the Batten School and UVa’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, where he heads up the Center for Economic and Policy Studies. He also teaches a class in environmental economics for the UVa Economics Department. His current research includes emission market and auction design, environmental federalism, improved economic modeling of Virginia’s economy, state economic development incentives, and state economic forecasting.  ORCID. Google Scholar

In 2007, he worked with Professor Charlie Holt and others on the research team that designed the carbon allowance auctions for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. In 2000, Shobe received a Fulbright Fellowship in environmental economics and policy. Before joining UVA, Shobe served as Associate Director for Economic & Regulatory Analysis with the Virginia Department of Planning & Budget (DPB), where he coordinated state expenditure forecasts and the economic analysis of state regulations.

While at the DPB, Shobe managed the design and implementation of the innovative Virginia NOx allowance auction. He also developed the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall website, the first in the nation web site for managing and publicizing state regulatory development. This site was honored with a “2002 Best-of-Breed” award from the Center for Digital Government, the 2002 Colborn Award for innovation from the National Association of Secretaries of State, and the 2003 Public Access to Government Information Award from the National Association of Law Libraries.

Prior to joining DPB, he taught economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Shobe serves on a number of state advisory boards including the Joint Advisory Board of Economists and the State Advisory Board on Air Pollution.

Modeling the path toward decarbonization in heavy industry
Source: Sloan Foundation
January 01, 2021 – December 31, 2023
Clean Energy Virginia Dashboard Maintenance Agreement
Source: Virginia Department Of Mines, Minerals & Energy
September 01, 2020 – December 31, 2022
PV-Economic Development Incentive Evaluation
February 10, 2017 – November 30, 2022
PV-Solsmart Advisor Program
Source: Virginia Department Of Mines, Minerals & Energy
April 12, 2021 – December 31, 2021
2020 Virginia Clean Economy Act (¿VCEA¿).
Source: Virginia Department Of Mines, Minerals & Energy
July 06, 2021 – November 30, 2021
PV-Career and Technical Education Non-Traditional Research Project 2020-21
Source: Virginia Department Of Education
October 01, 2020 – September 30, 2021
PV-Virginia Renewables Local Assistance Project - Renewal
Source: The Energy Foundation
April 01, 2020 – March 31, 2021
PV-SolSmart Advisor Program
Source: Virginia Department Of Mines, Minerals & Energy
March 01, 2020 – October 31, 2020
PV-Virginia Clean Energy Plan
Source: Virginia Department Of Mines, Minerals & Energy
March 18, 2020 – September 18, 2020
Local Highway Finance Report
Source: Department Of Transportation
July 01, 1994 – June 30, 2020
PV-Virginia Renewables Local Assistance Project
Source: The Energy Foundation
November 01, 2018 – February 29, 2020
Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP-India Program)
Source: The Regulatory Assistance Project
January 01, 2018 – December 31, 2018
PV-CPS RAP India Program Curriculum Development
Source: The Regulatory Assistance Project
August 01, 2017 – December 31, 2017
Pay for success home visitation data analysis
Source: Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc.
May 22, 2016 – August 31, 2017
Local Highway Finance Report
Source: Virginia Dept. of Transportation
December 01, 2012 – August 31, 2017
PV-Indian Experimental Economics Modeling Project
Source: The Regulatory Assistance Project
June 01, 2016 – December 31, 2016
PV-CCPS Performance of Allowance Auctions
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Epa)
August 01, 2010 – December 31, 2014
ECON 3430: Economics of Sustainability and the Environment
Credits: 3
Sustainability addresses how we manage the environment and share limited, valuable natural resources across time and space. The lens of microeconomics helps us understand why we have environmental problems and how we can solve them. Economics provides valuable tools for solving problems with pollution, over-exploitation of resources, loss of biological diversity and, of course, global warming. Prerequisite: ECON 2010 or instructor permission.
GSVS 3559: New Course in Global Environments and Sustainability
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in Global Environments and Sustainability, in Global Studies.
ECON 4430: Environmental Economics
Credits: 3
Explores the origins of environmental problems, how to measure the value of environmental amenities, and the efficacy of specific forms of regulation, including mandated technologies, taxes, subsidies, and pollution permit trading. Topics include air and water pollution, climate change, the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, and sustainable development. Prerequisite: ECON 3010 or 3110.
GSVS 4993: Independent Study in Environments and Sustainability
Credits: 1–6
This course is an independent study to be arranged by student in consultation with faculty.
ECON 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study under the direction of a regular faculty member. Students may not use this class to obtain academic credit for a summer internship. Prerequisite: GPA of 3.300 in UVa ECON courses.
LPPA 7035: Benefit-Cost Analysis
Credits: 3
This course teaches 1) quantitative estimation of the benefits and costs of policy interventions, 2) the identification of deficiencies in published benefit-cost analyses (BCA), and 3) recognition of policy arenas where BCA may be problematic. The course covers the theory and historical use of BCA, and techniques to address uncertainty, benefits in the distant future, interventions that both raise and lower risks, and distributional impacts.
LPPP 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Student will perform independent projects under close faculty supervision.

Fullbright Fellowship