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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, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Lily Hsueh is an assistant professor of public policy at the School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus. Hsueh is also a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Prior to joining ASU, Hsueh was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in Economics and Social Science Research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Funded by the University of Washington (UW) Presidential Dissertation Fellowship, Hsueh’s dissertation on the political economy of industry self-regulation in toxic chemical use was nominated for the UW Distinguished Dissertation Award and for Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management Best Dissertation in Public Policy and Management.

As a public policy scholar and economist, Hsueh’s research centers on how economics and politics interact, and how markets, institutions, governments, businesses, and other stakeholders play mediating roles in influencing and shaping the emergence, evolution, and impacts of alternative governance systems (i.e., voluntary, market-based, and hybrid forms of governance). Her recent projects have examined the emergence and efficacy of industry self-regulation and cap and trade programs across policy issue areas, types of pollution and natural resources, and scales of governance, namely toxic chemicals, ocean and marine resources, and global climate change. These domains possess unique political, economic, and/or technological conditions, under which alternative governance approaches have been ripe for experimentation, whether alongside existing command and control policies or in the place of traditional government directives.


  • PhD, Public Policy and Management, University of Washington, 2012
  • MS, Economics, University College London, 2001
  • BA, Economics, University of California-Berkeley, 1999


Journal Articles


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


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 )