Joseph Aldy, who has been a Faculty Fellow of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP) since 2009, has been appointed Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Dean Douglas Elmendorf announced the appointment on May 9. Aldy is currently associate professor of public policy at HKS.
Along with his work at HEEP, Aldy served as co-director of the closely-affiliated Harvard Project on Climate Agreements from 2007-09, and has continued to be an active collaborator since that time.
Robert Stavins, A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development and director of both HEEP and the Harvard Project, commented, “Joe Aldy has made significant contributions to both research and practice in environmental economics and policy, and has been a dedicated teacher and advisor for a generation of students at HKS. Harvard faculty and students who focus on climate change, broader environmental issues, and energy and natural resources will be happy to learn that Joe’s diligent efforts are being rewarded with this significant new academic appointment.”
Aldy’s professional portfolio includes a range of activities with multiple renowned institutions working at the intersection of science, economics, and energy and environmental policy. He is a Visiting 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 a member of the Advisory Committee for the Energy and Environment Program of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Aldy also serves as faculty chair for the Regulatory Policy Program at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at HKS.
In 2009-10, Aldy served as the Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment, reporting through both the National Economic Council and the Office of Energy and Climate Change at the White House. From 1997-2000 he served in various staff positions with the White House Council of Economic Advisors.
Aldy holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment, and a B.A. from Duke University.