Contributors

Maximilian Auffhammer is an Associate Professor in the Agricultural and Resource Economics department and Director of the International Areas Studies Teaching program at UC Berkeley.  He received a B.S. in environmental science (1996) and a M.S. in environmental and resource economics (1998) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a PhD in economics from UC San Diego in 2003. His research focuses on environmental and resource economics, energy economics and applied econometrics. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Energy and Environmental Economics group, a Humboldt Foundation Fellow, and a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. He is also the recipient of the 2007 Cozzarelli Prize awarded by the National Academies of Sciences, the 2009 Campus Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2007 Sarlo Distinguished Mentoring Award.

Severin Borenstein is E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business.  He received his A.B. from U.C. Berkeley and Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T.  His research focuses on business competition, strategy, and regulation.  He has published extensively on the airline industry, the oil and gasoline industries, and electricity markets.  His current research projects include the economics of renewable energy, economic policies for reducing greenhouse gases, alternative models of retail electricity pricing, and competitive dynamics in the airline industry.  Borenstein is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA. He served on the Board of Governors of the California Power Exchange from 1997 to 2003. During 1999-2000, he was a member of the California Attorney General’s Gasoline Price Task Force.  In 2010-11, Borenstein was a member of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee.  Since 2012, he has served of the Emissions Market Assessment Committee that advises the California Air Resources Board on the operation of California’s Cap and Trade market for greenhouse gases.

Jim_bushnellJames Bushnell is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California at Davis. He received his BS from the University of Wisconsin in 1989 and PhD in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from UC Berkeley in 1993. His research focuses on industrial organization and regulation, energy economics and policy, environmental economics, and game theorization optimization models. Bushnell is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA. He has also served on the California Independent System Operator’s Market Surveillance Committee since 2002. In addition, Dr. Bushnell served on the California Power Exchange’s Market Monitoring Committee and on the California Air Resources Board’s Economic Assessment and Allocation Committee for its cap-and-trade program.

Lucas Davis is an Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy at the Haas School of Business and Faculty Director of the Energy Institute at Haas. He received a BA from Amherst College in 1996 and a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 2005. Prior to joining Haas in 2009, he was an assistant professor of Economics at the University of Michigan. His research focuses primarily on energy and environmental markets, and in particular, on electricity and natural gas regulation, pricing in competitive and non-competitive markets, and the economic and business impacts of environmental policy. His work appears in leading academic journals including the American Economic Review, the RAND Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Political Economy. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA.

Meredith Fowlie is an Associate Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.  Prior to joining UC Berkeley, she was an Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.  She received a MSc in Environmental Economics from Cornell University in 2000 and PhD in Environmental and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley in 2006. Her interests lie at the intersection of empirical industrial organization, environmental economics, and public policy. Much of her work involves positive, and some normative, analysis of policy interventions designed to reduce the environmental impacts of energy production and consumption. Her work on the electricity sector has emphasized interactions between electricity markets and emissions permit markets. She is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Environmental and Energy Economics group.

Catherine Wolfram is the Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business and Faculty Director of the Energy Institute at Haas.  She received an AB in Economics from Harvard University and a PhD in Economics from MIT.  Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, she was an assistant professor of economics at Harvard University. Her research focuses on the economics of energy markets. She has studied the impact of environmental regulation on energy markets and the effects of electricity industry privatization and restructuring around the world.  She is currently implementing several randomized control trials to evaluate energy efficiency programs. Wolfram is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is also a Member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Effects of Provisions in the Internal Revenue Code on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and is an Associate Editor at both the Journal of Industrial Economics and the RAND Journal of Economics.

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