Dennis J. Aigner

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Professor, Economics
School of Social Sciences
Dean, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UCSB

PH.D., University of California, Berkeley

Phone: (949) 824-6229
Fax: (949) 824-3225

University of California, Irvine

Mail Code: 3130
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Professor Aigner is an expert in U.S. competitiveness in global markets, immigration policy, trade policy, state and local economic issues, and corporate environmental management.
Research Abstract
For almost 20 years, Professor Aigner was involved with problems of sample design and analysis for electric utilities, participating first as a statistical consultant on California's Department of Energy-sponsored Electric Utilities Demonstration Project, which included some 24 separate experiments and demonstration projects in time-of-use (TOU) pricing and direct load control. He completed econometric analyses of Southern California Edison Company's domestic TOU-pricing experiment, its very large industrial/commercial TOU rate, and its small-medium commercial/industrial TOU experiment. He has carried out similar experiments on behalf of Pacific Gas & Electric Company and the Israel Electric Company, and has consulted on various related projects in Australia and Switzerland. Other research interests include latent variables models in econometrics.

Professor Aigner has served on the National Research Council's Committee on the National Energy Modelling System, which reviewed the U.S. Department of Energy's modelling and forecasting efforts, and its panel to review the research program of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. He also chaired the State's Workers' Compensation Rate Study Commission, which completed its work in 1992.
"On Estimating the Industry Production Function" (with S. Chu), American Economic Review, Vol. LVIII (September 1968), pp. 826-39.
"Estimation of Pareto's Law from Grouped Observations" (with A.S. Goldberger), Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 65 (June 1970), pp. 341-51.
"Estimation and Prediction from Aggregate Data when Aggregates are Measured More Accurately Than Their Components" (with S.M. Goldfeld), Econometrica, Vol. 42 (January 1974), pp. 113-134.
"Statistical Theories of Discrimination in Labor Markets" (with G. Cain), Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 30 (January 1977), pp. 175-87. (Reprinted in O. Ashenfelter and K. Hallock (eds.), The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics: Labor Economics, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 1995.)
"Formulation and Estimation of Stochastic Frontier Production Functions" (with C.A.K. Lovell and P. Schmidt), Journal of Econometrics, Vol. 6 (July 1977), pp. 21-38.
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