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Catherine Wolfram

Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Chair, Economic Analysis and Policy Group
Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration
Faculty Director, Energy Institute at Haas (former)
Distinguished Teaching Fellow
Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group
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Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: By appointment, 510-642-2588
Personal Homepage: http://www.catherine-wolfram.com/
Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)
LinkedIn Profile


PhD, Economics, MIT
AB, Economics, Harvard University

Positions Held

At Haas since 2000
2016 – present, Research Director, Energy for Economic Growth Research Program
2013 – present, Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration, Haas School of Business
2013 – present, Faculty Director, The E2e Project
2009 – present, Faculty Director, Energy Institute at Haas
2006 – present, Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
2005 – 2013, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Haas School of Business
1997 – 2006, Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
2000 – 2005, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, Haas School of Business
1996 – 2000, Assistant Professor of Economics, Harvard University

External Service and Assignments

  • Faculty Scientist, Energy Technologies Area, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Board of Editors, The Energy Journal

Current Research and Interests

  • Energy markets
  • Environmental regulation

Selected Papers and Publications

  1. “The Demand for Energy-Using Assets among the World’s Rising Middle Classes,” with Paul Gertler, Orie Shelef and Alan Fuchs. Forthcoming, American Economic Review. Online appendix. Data files.
  2. “Barriers to Electrification for “Under-Grid” Households in Rural Kenya,” with Kenneth Lee, Eric Brewer, Carson Christiano, Francis Meyo, Edward Miguel, Matt Podolsky, and Javier Rosa. Development Engineering, 2016, Vol. 1 (June):26-35.
  3. “Deregulation, Consolidation and Efficiency: Evidence from U.S. Nuclear Power,” with Lucas Davis, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2012, Vol. 4 (October): 194-225.
  4. “Enforcement of Vintage Differentiated Regulations: The Case of New Source Review,” with James Bushnell, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2012, Vol. 64 (September): 137-152.
  5.  “Dynamic Pricing of Electricity,” with Paul Joskow, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 2012, Vol. 102 (May): 381-385
  6. “How Will Energy Demand Develop in the Developing World?” with Orie Shelef and Paul Gertler, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2012, Vol. 26 (Winter): 119-138
  7. “Sacred Cars? Cost-Effective Regulation of Stationary and Non-stationary Pollution Sources,” with Meredith Fowlie and Christopher Knittel, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2012, Vol. 4 (February): 98-126.
  8. Local Solutions to Global Problems: Climate Change Policies and Regulatory Jurisdiction,” with James Bushnell and Carla Peterman, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2008, Vol. 2 (Summer): 175-193.
  9. Do Markets Reduce Costs? Assessing the Impact of Regulatory Restructuring on U.S. Electric Generation Efficiency,” with Kira Fabrizio and Nancy Rose, American Economic Review, 2007, Vol. 97 (September): 1250-1277.
  10. Inefficiencies and Market Power in Financial Arbitrage: A Study of California?s Electricity Markets,” with Severin Borenstein, James Bushnell, and Christopher Knittel, Journal of Industrial Economics, 2008, Vol.56 (June): 347-378.


  • Microeconomics
  • Energy & Environmental Markets

Honors and Awards

  • Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Evening MBA Program, 2008
  • Barbara and Gerson Bakar Faculty Fellow
  • Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Evening & Weekend MBA Program, 2006
  • Americal Statistical Association/Energy Information Administration Research Fellow, 2004
  • National Science Foundation Award for Beginning Academics, 1999
  • American Compensation Association Emerging Scholar Program, 1997
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1995

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