Ken Gillingham

Kenneth Gillingham

Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Professor of Environmental & Energy Economics

Professor Gillingham is the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Yale School of the Environment and a professor of economics at Yale, with a primary appointment at the School of the Environment and secondary appointments in the Department of Economics and School of Management. He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2015-2016, he served as the Senior Economist for Energy and the Environment at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He is an energy and environmental economist drawing from the fields of applied microeconomics, behavioral economics, industrial organization, and integrated assessment modeling of climate change. He has published widely on consumer decisions and policy in transportation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. His work has been published in top-tier journals such as Science, Nature, PNAS, Journal of Political Economy, AEJ: Economic Policy, RAND Journal of Economics, Quantitative Economics, Management Science, Marketing Science, Journal of the Association of Environmental & Resource Economists, and the Journal of Environmental Economics & Management.
Prior to joining the Yale faculty, he worked at the California Air Resources Board, White House Council of Economic Advisers, Stanford Energy Modeling Forum, Resources for the Future, and Joint Global Change Research Institute of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  He also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to New Zealand.  His Ph.D. is from Stanford University, where he studied management science & engineering and economics. Before beginning a career as an economist, he was a wilderness ranger in Wyoming and New Hampshire.

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Link to the Yale Environmental Economics Group website

On leave for the Spring 2024 semester

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A.B., Dartmouth College; M.S., M.S., Stanford University; Ph.D., Stanford University


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