Catherine Wolfram
Catherine Wolfram

William F. Pounds Professor of Energy Economics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Catherine Wolfram, a member of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth’s Steering Committee, is the William F. Pounds Professor of Energy Economics and a professor of applied 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 the University of California, Berkeley. From March 2021 to October 2022, she served as the deputy assistant secretary for climate and energy economics at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, while on leave from UC Berkeley. Before leaving for government service, she was the program director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Environment and Energy Economics Program 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 University.

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 the United Kingdom. She is currently working on several projects at the intersection of climate and trade. She received a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an A.B. from Harvard University.

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