Thomas Lyon Ph.D.
PhD Stanford University, 1989
MS Stanford University, 1984
BSE Princeton University, 1981
Tom Lyon is the Dow Professor of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce. His research and teaching interests include environmental information disclosure and greenwash; corporate environmental strategy; environmental NGOs; voluntary environmental agreements; government regulation of business; industrial organization; and energy and the environment.
Awards and Grants:
- Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Stanford University School of Business, 2012.
- Professeur Invitee, Universite of Paris I, 2011
- Fellow, Center for Business and Public Policy, Georgetown University, 2009-2011
- Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitor Program on Climate Change, UC Santa Barbara, 2009
- Gilbert White Fellowship, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC, 2002- 2003
- Fulbright Grant, Pisa Chair in the Economics of Innovation, Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy, 1997
- John M. Olin Visiting Professor, Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, University of Chicago, 1995-96.
Environmental Information Disclosure; Greenwash; Voluntary Environmental Programs; Renewable Portfolio Standards
- Environmental Governance
- Competitive Tactics
- Energy Markets and Energy Politics
- Non-Market Strategy
â€œWhen Does Institutional Activism Pay?: The Carbon Disclosure Project,â€Â with Eun-Hee Kim, The BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, forthcoming.
â€œDoes Public Disclosure Reduce Pollution? Evidence from Indiaâ€™s Pulp and Paper Industry,â€Â (with Allen Blackman, Urvashi Narain, and Nicholas Powers), Environmental and Resource Economics, forthcoming.
â€œStrategic Environmental Disclosure: Evidence from the DOEâ€™s Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Registry,â€Â (with Eun-Hee Kim), Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2011, 61: 311â€“326.
â€œGreenwash: Corporate Environmental Disclosure under Threat of Audit," (lead article, with John W. Maxwell), Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 2011, 20: 3-41.
â€œWhat Drives Participation in State Voluntary Cleanup Programs? Evidence from Oregon,â€Â (with Allen Blackman, Sarah Darley, and Kris Wernstedt). Land Economics, 2010, 86: 785â€“799.
"Why Do States Adopt Renewable Portfolio Standards? An Empirical Investigation," (with Haitao Yin), The Energy Journal, 2010, 31: 131-155.
Good Cop/Bad Cop: Environmental NGOs and their Strategies towards Business, RFF Press, 2010.
Guest Editor, Special Issue on Management Strategy and the Environment, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Spring 2009.
â€œCorporate Social Responsibility and the Environment: A Theoretical Perspective,â€Â (with John W. Maxwell), Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2008, 2: 240-260.
â€œEnvironmental Public Voluntary Programs Reconsidered,â€Â (with John W. Maxwell), Policy Studies Journal, 2007, 35: 723-750.
The Political Economy of Regulation, editor, Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2007.
â€œWhy Rate-of-Return Adders are Unlikely to Increase Transmission Investment,â€Â The Electricity Journal, 2007: 48-55.
â€œVoluntary Environmental Agreements when Regulatory Capacity is Weak,â€Â (with Allen Blackman and Nicholas Sisto), Comparative Economic Studies, 2006: 682-702.
â€œDoes Dual Sourcing Lower Procurement Costs?,â€Â Journal of Industrial Economics, June 2006, 54: 223-252.
â€œRegulatory Opportunism and Investment Behavior: Evidence from the Electric Utility Industry,â€Â RAND Journal of Economics, Autumn 2005.
Corporate Environmentalism and Public Policy, Cambridge University Press, 2004.
â€œAstroturf: Interest Group Lobbying and Corporate Strategy,â€Â (lead article), Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 2004, 13: 561-598.
â€œSpatial Proximity and Complementarities in the Trading of Tacit Knowledge,â€Â International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2004, 22: 1115-1135.
â€œBuyer-Option Contracts Restored: Renegotiation, IneÃ¯Â¬Æ’cient Threats, and the Hold-up Problem,â€Â Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 2004, 20: 148-169.
â€œSelf-Regulation, Taxation, and Public Voluntary Environmental Agreements,â€Â Journal of Public Economics, 2003, 87: 1453-1486.
â€œSelf-Regulation and Social Welfare: The Political Economy of Corporate Environmentalism,â€Â Journal of Law and Economics, 2000, 43: 583-618.
â€œQuality Leadership when Regulatory Standards are Forthcoming,â€Â Journal of Industrial Economics, 2000, 48: 331-348.