Joseph Aldy

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
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Joseph Aldy


Joe Aldyis an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a Nonresident Fellow at Resources for the Future, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also the Faculty Chair for the Regulatory Policy Program at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. His research focuses on climate change policy, energy policy, and mortality risk valuation. In 2009-2010, Aldy served as the Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment, reporting through both the National Economic Council and the Office of Energy and Climate Change at the White House. Aldy was a Fellow at Resources for the Future from 2005 to 2008 and served on the staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 1997 to 2000. He also served as the Co-Director of the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, Co-Director of the International Energy Workshop, and Treasurer for the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists before joining the Obama Administration. He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University, a Master of Environmental Management degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment, and a BA from Duke University.

Professor Aldy is on research leave for the 2014-2015 academic year.





For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Aldy, Joseph. "Real-Time Economic Analysis and Policy Development During the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill." Vanderbilt Law Review 64.6 (November 2011): 1795-1817.
    • Aldy, Joseph E., Alan J. Krupnick, Richard G. Newell, Ian W.H. Parry, and William A. Pizer. "Designing Climate Mitigation Policy." Journal of Economic Literature 48.4 (December 2010): 903-934.
  • Edited Volumes
    • Aldy, Joseph E., and Robert N. Stavins, eds. Post-Kyoto International Climate Policy: Implementing Architectures for Agreement. Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Aldy, Joseph, and William Pizer. "The Competitiveness Impacts of Climate Change Mitigation Policies." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP11-047, December 2011.
    • Aldy, Joseph. "A Preliminary Review of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Clean Energy Package." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP11-048, December 2011.
    • Aldy, Joseph, and Robert N. Stavins. "The Promise and Problems of Pricing Carbon: Theory and Experience." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP11-041, October 2011.

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