Economics and policy analysis

Misguided economic forces are the root of most environmental problems.

That's why EDF's Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) works to advance policies that make market forces work for – rather than against – the environment.

Our work is guided by two closely linked missions:

  • Program support: We work closely with all of EDF's programs to ensure their work is based on sound economics and policy design.
  • Thought Leadership: Through research and analysis, we work to strengthen economics throughout EDF, as well as with lawmakers, policymakers and other stakeholders throughout the environmental community.

Our staff has deep expertise in climate and energy policy, though we also work on issues related to ecosystems and oceans.

EDF Chief Economist, Frank Convery, writes a regular column in EDF's Solutions newsletter on economically sound and efficient solutions to environmental problems, honoring the memory of Robert W. Wilson, a longtime EDF supporter and champion of harnessing market forces to drive environmental progress.

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