Gilbert E. Metcalf

University Fellow

Gilbert E. Metcalf is the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and a Professor of Economics at Tufts University. In addition, he is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a University Fellow at Resources For The Future. Metcalf's primary research area is applied public finance with particular interests in taxation, energy, and environmental economics. His current research focuses on policy evaluation and design in the area of energy and climate change. His book, Paying for Pollution: Why a Carbon Tax is Good for America, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019.

Metcalf has frequently testified before Congress, served on expert panels for the National Academies of Sciences and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and served as a consultant to numerous other organizations. During 2011 and 2012, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at the U.S. Department of Treasury where he was the founding U.S. Board Member for the UN based Green Climate Fund. He has published extensively in academic journals and books on various topics including energy and tax policy.


  • PhD in economics, Harvard University, 1998
  • MS in environmental economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1982
  • BA in mathematics, Amherst College, 1976

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