Robert Stavins

A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development, Harvard Kennedy School; Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
Robert Stavins


Ph.D., economics, Harvard University; M.S., agricultural economics, Cornell University

Summary of Experience

Professor Stavins is a leading expert in environmental and natural resource economics. He has consulted to public, private, and governmental organizations, and has served as an expert in dozens of matters.

In his energy-related work, Professor Stavins focuses on domestic and international climate policy; design and implementation of market-based policy instruments (e.g., tradable permits); the competitive effects of regulation; assessment of environmental regulation costs; and environmental benefit valuations. His natural resource work focuses on water, agriculture, and forestry. He is actively involved in advising public officials and government agencies on environmental policy. Professor Stavins was a member of the Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and is a former chairman of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. He has consulted to several presidential administrations, the US Congress, the US Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the United Nations, the National Academy of Sciences, state and national governments, environmental advocacy groups, private foundations, trade associations, and corporations.

Professor Stavins has over 30 years of teaching experience and holds numerous academic positions at Harvard, including as director of graduate studies for the Ph.D. program in public policy and Ph.D. program in political economy and government, and as co-chair of the Harvard Business School/Harvard Kennedy School joint degree program. His research on environmental, natural resource, and energy economics has appeared in over 100 articles in academic journals and popular periodicals, as well as in more than a dozen books.

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