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Paul Joskow

Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, MIT


Paul Joskow is the Elizabeth and James Killian professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was the president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation from 2008 through 2017, and returned to MIT in 2018. Professor Joskow has been with MIT since 1972, where he was the head of the MIT Department of Economics from 1994 to 1998 and the director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research from 1999 to 2007. 

He received a BA from Cornell University (with distinction) and a PhD from Yale University.  Professor Joskow’s teaching and research areas include industrial organization, energy and environmental economics, competition policy, and government regulation of industry. He has published about 125 papers and 8 books in these areas. 

He is a past president of the International Society for New Institutional Economics, a distinguished fellow of the Industrial Organization Society, a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association, a fellow of the Econometric Society, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Econometric Society, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has served on the boards of the New England Electric System, National Grid PLC, TC Energy, State Farm Indemnity, Exelon Corporation (current), Putnam Mutual Funds (current), and the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research (current, vice chair).

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