Catherine Wolfram

Member, RFF Board of Directors; University Fellow; William F. Pounds Professor of Energy Economics, MIT Sloan School of Management

Catherine Wolfram is the William F. Pounds Professor of Energy Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She previously served as the Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. ​From March 2021 to October 2022, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate and Energy Economics at the US Treasury, while on leave from UC Berkeley. ​Before leaving for government service, she was the Program Director of the Environment and Energy Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research affiliate at the Energy Institute at Haas. Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, she was an assistant professor of economics at Harvard.

Wolfram has published extensively on the economics of energy markets. Her work has analyzed rural electrification programs in the developing world, energy efficiency programs in the United States, the effects of environmental regulation on energy markets, and the impact of privatization and restructuring in the United States and United Kingdom. She is currently working on several projects at the intersection of climate and trade.


  • PhD in economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
  • AB in economics, Harvard University, 1989

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