Paul Joskow

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Paul L. Joskow
Born (1947-06-30) June 30, 1947 (age 69)
Brooklyn, New York
Institution Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Field Microeconomics
Political economics
Environmental economics
Alma mater Yale University
Cornell University
John Joseph Herbert McGowan
Alvin K. Klevorick
Richard R. Nelson
Judith Chevalier[1]
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.[2] He is also the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, Emeritus at MIT.[3] 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.[4]

Selected publications[edit]

Joskow has published six books and over 125 articles in numerous journals and books.[5]

  • 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 Fellow of the Yale Corporation, the governing body of Yale University;[6] a member of the Board of Overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra;[7] a director of Exelon 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, TransCanada Corporation, and National Grid plc. Joskow is also a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the Industrial Organization Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[8] He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB).