Catherine Wolfram is the William F. Pounds Professor of Energy Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate and Energy Economics in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to her leave in March 2021, she served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Faculty at Berkeley Haas. She was also the Program Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Environment and Energy Economics Program, and an affiliated faculty member in the Agriculture and Resource Economics department and the Energy and Resources Group at Berkeley.
Wolfram was Visiting Raymond Plank Professor at Harvard Kennedy School during Spring 2023.
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 US, the effects of environmental regulation on energy markets and the impact of privatization and restructuring in the US and UK. She is currently implementing several randomized controlled trials to evaluate energy programs in the U.S., Ghana, and Kenya.
She received a PhD in Economics from MIT in 1996 and an AB from Harvard in 1989. Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, she was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Harvard.
The Salata Institute
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