William M. Shobe

Contact Information
(434) 982-5376
Location/delivery address: 

Room: 219
2400 Old Ivy Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903-4827

Mailing Address: 

PO Box 400206
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4206

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Bill directs the Center for Economic & Policy Studies.  He is also Professor of Public Policy in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and an adjunct faculty member in the Economics Department. Before joining U.Va., he served as Associate Director for Economic & Regulatory Analysis with the Virginia Department of Planning & Budget (DPB) where he coordinated the economic analysis of state regulations  and the state expenditure forecasts for Medicaid, education and public safety.

In 2000, Bill received a Fulbright Fellowship in environmental economics and policy.  While at DPB, Bill managed the design and implementation of the Virginia NOx allowance auction in 2004.  Prior to joining DPB, he taught economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He has authored numerous articles and reports.  In 2007, Bill worked on the research team that designed the carbon allowance auctions for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  Current research includes allowance auction design, environmental federalism, state regulatory policy, early childhood education and using semantic web technologies to improve public access to data held by state agencies.

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B.A., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland OR
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


Environmental and resource economics
Climate change, greenhouse gas markets, and auction design
Early childhood language development
Regulatory economics

Major Projects: 

Auction design for allocating tradable emission allowances
Early childhood intervention to enhance pre-school readiness
Developing an improved model for forecasting the Virginia economy
Environmental federalism and climate change
Enhancing access to Virginia state government data using the semantic web
Annual tax rates survey for Virginia localities
Policy innovation and design
Economic analysis of regulations


Director, Center for Economic and Policy Studies
     Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia
Associate Director for Economic & Regulatory Analysis
     Virginia Department of Planning and Budget
Assistant Professor of Economics
     University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Adjunct Professor of Agricultural & Applied Economics, Virginia Tech
Fulbright Fellow in Environmental Economics
     University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic