Past Seminar

Energy Policy Symposium Participants

About the Event


Energy Policy Symposium:
Distributional Aspects of Energy and Climate Policy


Gary S. Becker won the 1992 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences "for having extended the domain of microeconomic analysis to a wide range of human behavior and interaction, including non-market behavior." He also is the Rose-Marie and Jack R. Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a Research Associate of the Economics Research Center at the National Opinion Research Center, and an associate member of the Institute of Fiscal and Monetary Policy for the Ministry of Finance in Japan. He is the author of more than 12 books and more than 50 articles.

Becker is a founding member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow in the American Statistical Association, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He also is a member of the American Economic Association, of which he was president in 1987. A long-time faculty member of the University of Chicago, Becker joined the Chicago Booth in 2002.

In 1967, Becker was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, which is given once every two years to the most outstanding American economist under the age of 40; the Seidman Award; and the first social science Award of Merit from the National Institute of Health. He also was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2000 for his work in social policy.

Becker completed his undergraduate work summa cum laude in mathematics at Princeton University. He earned a master's degree and a PhD from the University of Chicago, where he was inspired by Milton Friedman.

Christoph Böhringer is a professor of economic policy at the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany. Previously, he was a professor of economics at the University of Heidelberg and head of the Department of Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management at the Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim.

Böhringer’s research interests focus on the economics of climate policy and other environmental or energy policy issues. He has written extensively on carbon emissions trading. 

Böhringer received his undergraduate degree in economic engineering from Technical University of Karlsruhe. He received his PhD from the University of Stuttgart.

Dallas Burtraw is a senior fellow at Resources for the Future. His research interests include the design of environmental regulation, the costs and benefits of environmental regulation, and the regulation and restructuring of the electricity industry. His featured publications include “Addressing Price Volatility in Climate Change Legislation”, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, March 2009; and “Preventing Climate Change: Second in a Series of Hearings” also for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, September 2008.

Mark Cohen is Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future. He also serves as the Justin Potter Professor of American Competitive Enterprise and Professor of Law at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University and as Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of York (U.K.). Previously, he served as a staff economist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Cohen is an expert on government enforcement of policy, having published many articles and books on such diverse topics as: the effect of Community Right to Know laws on firm behavior; why firms reduce toxic chemical emissions; cost-benefit analysis of oil spill regulation and enforcement; does it "pay" to be green?, and judicial sentencing of individuals and firms convicted of corporate crimes.

Cohen received his B.S.F.S. in International Economics from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service. He received his M.A. and PhD in economics from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Carolyn Fischer is a senior fellow at Resources for the Future. Her research focuses on policy mechanisms and modeling tools that cut across environmental issues, including environmental policy design and technological change, international trade and environmental policies, and resource economics. In the areas of climate change and energy policy, she has investigated the implications of different designs for emissions trading programs, particularly with respect to allocation schemes, and has also conducted research on CAFE standards, renewable portfolio standards, and energy efficiency programs. In areas of natural resource management, her research addresses issues of wildlife conservation, invasive species, and biotechnology, with particular emphasis on the opportunities and challenges posed by international trade.

With RFF since 1997, Fischer has taught at Johns Hopkins University and served as a staff economist for the Council of Economic Advisors.

Ian Foster is Director of the Computation Institute, a joint institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. He is also an Argonne senior scientist and distinguished fellow, Chan Soon-Shiong Scholar and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science.

His research deals with distributed, parallel, and data-intensive computing technologies, and innovative applications of those technologies to scientific problems in such domains as climate change and biomedicine. Methods and software developed under his leadership underpin many large national and international cyberinfrastructures.

Dr. Foster is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the British Computer Society. His awards include the Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Next Generation award, the British Computer Society's Lovelace Medal, R&D Magazine's Innovator of the Year, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was a co-founder of Univa UD, Inc., a company established to deliver grid and cloud computing solutions.

Foster received a BSc (Hons I) degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a PhD from Imperial College, United Kingdom, both in computer science

Don Fullerton is Gutgsell Professor in the Finance Department, Center for Business and Public Policy, and Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is Managing Editor for the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, and Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research program on Environmental and Energy Economics.

Fullerton received a BA from Cornell in 1974 and a PhD in Economics from U.C. Berkeley in 1978. He taught at Princeton University (1978-84), the University of Virginia (1984-91), Carnegie Mellon University (1991-94) and the University of Texas (1994-2008), before joining the University of Illinois in 2008. From 1985 to 1987, he served in the U.S. Treasury Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis.

Richard J. Goettle IV is a lecturer of finance and insurance at Northeastern University College of Business Administration. Dr. Goettle has teaching interests in the economics of business strategy, decision making and outcomes; macroeconomic dynamics and policy and microeconomic connections; economics of trade and foreign currency markets; financial analysis and management; financial markets and investments; and applied economic and financial modeling, statistics and econometrics. His research interests include the economics of climate change and climate change policy; development, estimation and application of computable general equilibrium models; general equilibrium market implications of public policy (energy, environment and tax); and technical change, productivity and growth accounting.

He received his BA in mathematics and computer science from Miami University. His MBA in decision sciences and quantitative methods is from Northwestern University. He earned a PhD in economics from the University of Cincinnati.

Garth Heutel is an assistant professor of economics at the University of North Carolina, at Greensboro. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina, he was the Kernan Brothers Environmental Fellow at Harvard University, Center for the Environment. He previously worked as a graduate research fellow at the National Science Foundation and as a university fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.

Heutel focuses primarily on the economics of environmental and natural resources and public economics. He also does research in applied econometrics, labor economics, the economics of education and economics of nonprofit organizations.

Heutel received his BS in physics and philosophy from the University of Michigan and his MS and PhD in economics from the University of Texas.

Mun Ho is a senior economist at Dale Jorgenson Associates. He is also a visiting scholar at Resources for the Future and a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences.  Previously he was a fellow for the Program on Technology and Economic Policy, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an assistant professor of Economics at SUNY at Buffalo.

Ho’s research interests focus on public and environmental economics and economic growth and technological change. Ho has written extensively and has published several articles regarding energy and climate change issues in China. 

Ho received his AB in mathematics from Northwestern University and his PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Charles O. Holliday, Jr. is a former Chairman, a former Chief Executive Officer and former director of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont). He is the Chairman of both the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and the Business Roundtable's Task Force for Environment, Technology and Economy. Holliday is also a founding member of the International Business Council.

Holliday has previously served as Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Chairman of The Business Council and Chairman of the Society of Chemical Industry – American Section.

Holliday graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. He received honorary doctorates from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York and from Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland.

Dale W. Jorgenson is the Samuel W. Morris University Professor at Harvard University. He has conducted groundbreaking research on information technology and economic growth, energy and the environment, tax policy and investment behavior, and applied econometrics. His most recent book, Information Technology and the American Growth Resurgence, represents a major effort to quantify the impact of information technology on the U.S. economy.

Jorgenson served as President of the American Economic Association in 2000 and was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Association in 2001. He was a Founding Member of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy of the National Research Council in 1991 and served as Chairman of the Board from 1998 to 2006. He also served as Chairman of Section 54, Economic Sciences, of the National Academy of Sciences from 2000 to 2003 and was President of the Econometric Society in 1987.

Jorgenson received the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association in 1971. This Medal is awarded every two years to an economist under forty for excellence in economic research.

Jorgenson received a BA in economics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and a PhD in economics from Harvard. After teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the Harvard faculty in 1969 and was appointed the Frederic Eaton Abbe Professor of Economics in 1980. He served as Chairman of the Department of Economics from 1994 to 1997.

Kenneth L. Judd is the Paul H. Bauer Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is an expert in the economics of taxation, imperfect competition, and mathematical economics. His current research focuses on tax policy and antitrust issues, as well as developing computational methods for economic modeling.

He is currently a coeditor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control and an associate editor of Computational Economics. He has published articles in several academic journals including Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and Journal of Economic Theory.

Judd has contributed chapters to collected volumes including "The Impact of Tax Reform in Modern Dynamic Economies" in Transition Costs of Fundamental Tax Reform. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and served as a member of the Economics Panel of the National Science Foundation (1986–88).

Before joining the Hoover Institution as a senior fellow in 1988, Judd was a visiting professor of business economics at the University of Chicago. From 1986 to 1987 he was a national fellow at the Hoover Institution.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin with undergraduate degrees in mathematics and computer sciences. Judd received an MA’s from the University of Wisconsin in mathematics and economics. He was awarded a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Charles Kolstad is a professor of Environmental Economics at the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Kolstad is an internationally known economist who once served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana and has taught at universities in the U.S, Russia, and Belgium.

He is interested in the role information plays in environmental decision-making and regulation, and does much of his applied work in the area of climate change and energy markets. His past energy-related projects have included research into the effect of air pollution regulation on the coal and electricity markets. He heads the National Science Foundation—funded Economics and Environmental Science PhD program at UCSB, and is a lead author for the