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Lily Hsueh

Lily Hsueh

Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


School of Public Affairs
Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus
411 N. Central Ave, Ste 455
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0687


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Dr. Lily Hsueh is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the ASU School of Public Affairs. Her areas of expertise are natural resource and environmental economics and policy, political economy, governance, applied econometrics. Hsueh’s current research investigates how different forms of alternative governance systems interact and shape the private provision of public goods and the management of natural resources and the environment. Her previous and ongoing projects examine the emergence, evolution, and impacts of voluntary/private approaches (e.g., industry self-regulation) and market-based policies (e.g., cap and trade) in climate change, ocean and marine resources, and toxic chemicals. Outlets for Hsueh’s work have included the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Journal of Environmental Management, Environmental Science & Policy, Marine Policy, Governance, Regulation & Governance, among others. Funders for her work include the National Research Council, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation. Prior to joining ASU, Hsueh held the National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

At ASU, Hsueh teaches courses in economics of public policy to both undergraduate and graduate students. She is a recipient of the 2016-17 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Before academia, Hsueh was a Senior Analyst in Economic Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She received a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Management from the University of Washington, MSc in Economics from University College London, and a BA in Economics with a minor in Environmental Economics and Policy from University of California-Berkeley.



  • PhD, Public Policy and Management, University of Washington, 2012
  • BA, Economics, University of California-Berkeley
  • MS, Economics, University College London


External Links

Journal Articles

In Press

Hsueh, L. Corporations at a crossroads: How multilevel governance interactions shape participation in provate governance regimes in the age of global climate action. Governance


Hsueh, L. and S. Kasperski. 2018. The impact of catch shares on multiregional fishery participation and effort: The case of West Coast harvesters in the Alaska fisheries. Marine Policy 95(Sep):123-132. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.02.008. (link )

Stritch, J. M., N. Darnall, L. Hsueh and S. Bretschneider. 2018. Green technology firms and sustainable public purchasing. IEEE ENgineering Management Review 46(1):128-131. DOI: 10.1109/EMR.2018.2810080. (link )


Hsueh, L. 2017. Quasi-experimental evidence on the "rights to fish": The effects of catch shares on fishermen's days at sea. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 4(2):407-445. DOI: 10.1086/691555. (link )

Hsueh, L. 2017. Transnational climate governance and the Global 500: Examining private actor participation by firm-level factors and dynamics. International Interactions 43(1):48-75. DOI: 10.1080/03050629.2016.1223929. (link )


Hsueh, L. 2015. Regulatory effectiveness and the long-run policy horizon: The case of U.S. toxic chemical use. Environmental Science & Policy 52(Oct):6-22. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2015.04.022. (link )


Hsueh, L. 2013. Beyond regulations: Industry voluntary ban in arsenic use. Journal of Environmental Management 131:435-446. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.09.042. (link )


Hsueh, L. and A. Prakash. 2012. Incentivizing self-regulation: Federal vs. state-level programs in US climate change policies. Regulation & Governance 6(4):445-473. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-5991.2012.01140.x. (link )

Book Chapters


Darnall, N., L. Hsueh, J. M. Stritch and S. I. Bretschneider. 2018. Environmental purchasing in the City of Phoenix. Pp. 485-502 In: Garren, S. and R. Brinkman eds., The Palgrave Handbook of Sustainability: Case Studies and Practical Solutions. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-3319713885.


Hsueh, L. and A. Prakash. 2012. Private voluntary programs in climate change: U.S. federal government as the sponsoring actor. In: Ronit, K. ed., Business and Climate Policy: Potentials and Pitfalls of Private Voluntary Programs. United Nations University Press. ISBN: 978-9280812145.



Harley, A., E. Steiner, L. Hsueh, M. Guldin, L. Pfeiffer and T. Lee. 2015. Economic Data Collection Program Catcher-Processor Report (2009-2012). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries. (link )


Hsueh, L. 2007. Trends in Bay Area IT Employment. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. FRBSF Economic Letter 2007-23. (link )


Daly, M. and L. Hsueh. 2002. Recession in the West: Not a Rerun of 1990-1991. Federal Researve Bank of San Francisco. FRBSF Economic Letter 2002-06. (link )