Researcher Profile

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Marc Hafstead

Fellow and Director, Carbon Pricing Initiative

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Marc Hafstead joined RFF in 2013 from Stanford University. Dr. Hafstead received his PhD in Economics from Stanford followed by a two year appointment as a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He is a leading researcher on the evaluation of climate and energy policies. With Stanford Professor and RFF University Fellow Lawrence H. Goulder, he runs the Goulder-Hafstead Energy-Environment-Economy (E3) Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model. This sophisticated multi-sector model of the United States has been used to model cap-and-trade programs, carbon taxes, clean energy standards, and gasoline taxes. Their work is featured in the book Confronting the Climate Challenge: US Policy Options from Columbia University Press. Dr. Hafstead’s work has been featured in the popular press, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNNMoney, and Axios. He also regularly talks with both staffers on Capitol Hill and key stakeholders about the impacts of climate and energy policies.

Hafstead is in RFF’s Energy and Climate Program.


PhD in economics, Stanford University, 2011
BA in mathematical methods in the social sciences & economics, Northwestern University, 2004

Recent Work

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