Professor Yates' research expertise is in the area of
environmental economics, with a particular focus on the design of pollution
permit markets. One of his recent projects analyzes the optimal scale of
nitrogen emission trading in North Carolina's Neuse River System. He has
published articles in a variety of economics journals including the Journal of
Economic Theory, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of
Environmental Economics and Management, and Economic Theory. He is currently
the co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.