Economics

Misguided economic forces are the root of most environmental problems.


That’s why EDF’s Office of Economics and Policy Analysis (OEPA) 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.

The OEPA hosts regular seminars on key issues in domestic and international environmental policy as part of our Applied Environmental Economics Seminar Series.

Examples of OEPA’s recent work and publications can be found on this page. In addition to the projects the OEPA focuses on, economic approaches strengthen EDF’s work across all of our program areas.

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

Economics resources

The Office of Economics and Policy Analysis is making an impact in EDF’s core areas.

Clean energy

Natural gas

Climate policy


Ecosystems



Our environmental markets experts

Susanne Brooks Susanne Brooks Program Director, Office of Economic Policy and Analysis Areas of expertise: Climate change, energy, environmental markets Contact Susanne

Jonathan Camuzeaux Jonathan Camuzeaux Manager, Economics & Policy Analysis Areas of expertise: Climate change, energy, environmental markets Contact Jonathan

Frank J. Convery Frank J. Convery Chief Economist Areas of expertise: Environmental markets, emissions trading, policy instruments, energy efficiency, water Contact Frank

Charles MasonCharles Mason Senior Contributing Economist Areas of expertise: Petroleum and natural gas economics, energy economics, environmental economics Contact Charles

Kristina MohlinKristina Mohlin Economist Areas of expertise: Climate policy, energy, environmental markets, electricity pricing Contact Kristina

Jeremy Proville Jeremy Proville Senior Manager, GIS & Economics Areas of expertise: Climate change, energy, environmental markets, land use, agriculture Contact Jeremy

Katherine Rittenhouse Katherine RittenhouseEconomic Analyst Areas of expertise:Climate change, energy, environmental markets Contact Katherine

Beia Spiller Beia Spiller, Ph.D Senior Economist Areas of expertise: Climate change, energy, environmental markets, transportation, shale gas Contact Beia

Thomas Sterner Thomas Sterner, Ph.D Senior Contributing Economist Areas of expertise: Climate change, energy, environmental markets Contact Thomas

Gernot Wagner, Ph.D. Gernot Wagner, Ph.DConsultant Areas of expertise: Climate change, energy, environmental markets Contact Gernot

Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins Matthew Zaragoza-WatkinsHigh Meadows Senior Economist Areas of expertise: Electricity, natural gas and GHG market design, water economics, transportation economics, applied econometrics, program evaluation Contact Matthew

 

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