Paul Joskow

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Paul L. Joskow
Born (1947-06-30) June 30, 1947 (age 67)
Brooklyn, New York
Institution Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Field Microeconomics
Political economics
Environmental economics
Alma mater Yale University
Cornell University
Influences Ronald Coase
Oliver E. Williamson
Information at IDEAS/RePEc

Paul Lewis Joskow (born June 30, 1947) is an American economist and professor. He became President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on January 1, 2008.[1] He is also the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, Emeritus at MIT.[2] He has served on the MIT faculty since 1972. From 1994 through 1998 he was Head of the MIT Department of Economics. From 1999 through 2007 he was the Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research.

In his research and teaching, Joskow focuses on industrial organization, government regulation of industry, competition policy, and energy and environmental economics.

Personal life and education[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Joskow was raised in Queens and attended Francis Lewis High School. He received a BA from Cornell University in 1968 and a PhD in Economics from Yale University in 1972. Joskow was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Paris – Dauphine in 2007.

In 1978 Joskow married Barbara Chasen, and the couple currently reside in both Boston and New York City. They have one daughter, Suzanne Zoe Joskow, born in 1983. She graduated from Yale College in 2005 and now works in Hollywood, California.

His nephew is the blogger Matthew Yglesias.[3]


Joskow has published six books and over 125 articles in numerous journals and books [1], including:

  • American Economic Review
  • Bell Journal of Economics
  • Energy Journal
  • Electricity Journal
  • Foreign Affairs
  • International Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics
  • Journal of Law and Economics
  • Journal of Law, Economics and Organization
  • Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Applied Econometrics
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • Oxford Review of Economic Policy
  • Rand Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy
  • Yale Law Journal

JOSKOW, PAUL LEWIS (1972) A BEHAVIORAL THEORY OF PUBLIC UTILITY REGULATION. Ph.D. dissertation, Yale University, United States—Connecticut.

Other Involvements[edit]

Joskow is a trustee to the Yale Corporation, the governing body of Yale University [2]; a member of the Board of Overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra [3]; a director of Exelon Corporation and TransCanada Corporation; and a trustee of the Putnam Mutual Funds. He previously served as a director of the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research, the New England Electric System, State Farm Indemnity Company, and National Grid plc. Joskow is also a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the Industrial Organization Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences [4].