Researcher Profile

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Alan J. Krupnick

Senior Fellow and Co-Director, RFF Center for Energy and Climate Economics

Topics of Interest

Alan Krupnick’s research focuses on analyzing environmental and energy issues, in particular, the benefits, costs, and design of pollution and energy policies, both in the United States and in developing countries, with an emphasis on China. As head of RFF’s Center for Energy and Climate Economics, he leads RFF’s research on the risks, regulation, and economics associated with shale gas development and has developed a portfolio of research on issues surrounding this newly plentiful fuel.

Krupnick also served as senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers, advising the Clinton administration on environmental and natural resource policy issues. In 2011, he was elected president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) and earlier that year was named an AERE Fellow. He has served on the editorial boards of a number of journals.  He co-chaired a federal advisory committee counseling the US Environmental Protection Agency on the implementation of new ozone and particulate standards. Krupnick is a regular member of expert committees for the National Academy of Sciences, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and various Canadian government and nongovernmental institutions. He also consults with state governments, federal agencies, private corporations, the Canadian government, the European Union, the Asian Development Bank, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Maryland in 1980.

Krupnick’s primary research methodology is in the development and analysis of stated preference surveys (such as contingent valuation and choice experiments), which include eliciting preferences for reductions in mortality risks, environmental risks, tradeoffs involved in improving community drinking water quality with respect to removal of carcinogens versus microbiological agents, and, most recently, the risks from shale gas development as seen by experts and the general public. His work has been published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Land Economics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Environmental Economics and Policy, Decision Analysis, Environment and Resource Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, as well as other scholarly journals and books.


PhD in economics, University of Maryland, 1980
MA in economics, University of Maryland, 1974
BS in finance, Pennsylvania State University, 1969

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