William M. Shobe

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shobe@virginia.edu
434-982-5376

Hailing from Kingsport, Tennessee, Bill Shobe directs the Center for Economic & Policy Studies. He is also a Professor of Public Policy in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and an adjunct faculty member in the Economics Department.

After receiving his BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt, Bill went on to attend Lewis & Clark Law School, where he received his JD, and the University of Minnesota, where he received his Ph.D. in Economics.

Bill began working for the Cooper Center in 2004, when former director John Knapp semi-retired. At CEPS he enjoys teaching and doing publishable research that leads to policy innovation. He is also passionate about finding effective solutions to pressing environmental problems; he has helped design features of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, as well as of other emission markets.

Before joining U.Va., he served as Associate Director for Economic & Regulatory Analysis with the Virginia Department of Planning & Budget, where he coordinated state expenditure forecasts and the economic analysis of state regulations. He has also served as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Outside of work, Bill enjoys gardening, hiking/backpacking, and IOT/microelectronics putzing (Arduino mostly).

What does public service mean to you?

Using the best available knowledge and evidence to help us live well without fouling our home planet. Good planetary management requires applying the best scientific reasoning to designing governance institutions.