Joseph Aldy

Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University
Chapter Member: Boston SSN
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Aldy's research focuses on climate change policy, energy policy, and regulatory policy. Aldy is a University Fellow at Resources for the Future, a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Faculty Chair of the HKS M-RCBG Regulatory Policy Program. He has previously served as the Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment at the White House, a Fellow at Resources for the Future, and a Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers.

In the News

Opinion: "Curbing Climate Change has a Dollar Value – Here’s How and Why We Measure It," Joseph Aldy, The Conversation, March 12, 2017.
Opinion: "What Trump Misses about Regulations: They Produce Benefits as Well as Costs," Joseph Aldy, The Conversation, February 5, 2017.
Quoted by Brendan L. Smith in "The Burning Debate Over," The Washington Diplomat, September 1, 2016.
Opinion: "Subsidies in the Wrong Places Skew Renewable Energy’s Power," Joseph Aldy, New York Times, May 3, 2016.
Interviewed in "Why the Job Market Actually Improved after the BP Oil Spill," The Washington Post, August 22, 2014.


"Busting the Myths Around Public Investment in Clean Energy" (with Jonas Meckling, Sanya Carley, Matthew J. Kotchen, Daniel C. Esty, Peter A. Raymond, Bella Tonkonogy, Charles Harper, Gillian Sawyer, and Julia Sweatman). Nature Energy 7 (2022): 563–565 .

Discusses critics having opposed clean energy public investment by claiming that governments must not pick winners, green subsidies enable rent-seeking behaviour, and failed companies means failed policy.