Frank J. Convery

Chief Economist


Areas of expertise:
Environmental markets, emissions trading, policy instruments, energy efficiency, water

Frank Convery manages EDF’s Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) which comprises 10 economists. The mission of the OCE is to drive the use of credible price signals that protect the environment and conserve common property resources in ways that are efficient and fair, and to understand and promote the use of other policy instruments where markets and pricing are not technically or politically feasible.

Frank’s work with the OCE includes analyses that support the case for conservation, building evidence to support prioritization, working closely with programs to help advance their agendas, and publishing in peer reviewed journals and books to provide thought leadership and maintain and enhance the organization’s professional standing and credibility.


Throughout his career, Frank has advocated for the introduction of a price signal for the environment and has helped develop institutions and research programs that would build evidence for and advance that goal. His work on price signals includes research, writing, engaging with the key power centers, and tracking performance and outcomes. His efforts have also helped build research capacity in the form of graduates who could carry on the work. In Ireland, he served as a chair or board member, got students involved in research and publication, used commentaries and other media to communicate with the public and interest groups, and then tracked implementation.

Frank used his leadership in research networks, connections with the European Commission and European Parliament, influence on Ireland’s position as a member state, and his own research and writing to promote these ideas in Europe, with particular focus on the carbon tax (which failed) and emissions trading, which succeeded. He continues this tradition at EDF.

Distinctions: Honorary President, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE); European Fiscal Reformer of the Year, 2013


  • PhD, State University of New York
  • M. Agr. Sc. (Forestry) University College, Dublin
  • B. Agr. Sc. University College, Dublin


Convery, Frank J., Kristina Mohlin, Elisheba Spiller (2017). “Policy Brief—Designing Electric Utility Rates: Insights on Achieving Efficiency, Equity, and Environmental Goals.” Rev Environ Econ Policy 2017; 11 (1): 156-164. doi: 10.1093/reep/rew024

Convery, Frank J., and Gernot Wagner. “Reflections – Managing Uncertain Climates: Some Guidance for Policy Makers and Researchers.Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Summer 2015.

Convery, Frank J (with Dunne and Joyce), 2013. Ireland’s Carbon Tax and the Fiscal Crisis, OECD, Paris.

Convery, Frank J (with Redmond), 2013. The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme: Issues in Allowance Price Support and Linkage Annu. Rev. Resour. Econ. 2013. 5:22.1–22.24.

Convery, Frank J 2013. Reflections - Shaping Water Policy: What Does Economics Have to Offer? Review of Environmental Economics and Policy volume 7, issue 1, winter 2013, 156–174.

Convery, Frank J (with Collier and Bullock), 2012. Peatlands, their economic value and priorities for their future management–The example of Ireland Land Use Policy 29 (4), 921-928.

Convery, Frank J. 2011. Reflections–Energy Efficiency Literature for Those in the Policy Process, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 1–21 doi:10.1093/reep/req026, June 20.

Convery, Frank J (with Jaraite and Di Maria) 2010. Assessing the Transaction Costs of Firms in the EU ETS: lessons from Ireland, Climate Policy, 10(2): 190-215.

Convery, Frank J. (with Ellerman and de Perthuis). 2010. Pricing Carbon – the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, Cambridge University Press 390 pp.

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