Arthur G. Fraas

Visiting Fellow

Arthur Fraas is a visiting fellow at Resources for the Future. At RFF, Fraas works on a variety of issues related to energy and the environment, including projects looking at the development of retrospective analyses of major environmental rules, the treatment of uncertainty in regulatory analysis, the potential regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, and issues and tradeoffs with energy efficiency regulations. He retired in 2008 from OMB after serving 21 years as chief of the Natural Resources, Energy, and Agriculture Branch in OIRA.  Before joining the OMB, Fraas was a senior economist at the Council on Wage and Price Stability, a staff member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly, an assistant professor of economics at the US Naval Academy, and a staff economist with the Federal Reserve System. He graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics, and earned his doctorate in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.


  • PhD in Economics, University of California-Berkeley, 1972
    Fields of Concentration: Money and Banking, Econometrics
    Dissertation: The Impact of the Policies of the Second Bank of the United States on the Economy of the Ohio Valley: 1814-1829
  • BS in Engineering Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, 1965

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