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Prof. Charles D. Kolstad is an energy and environmental economist with a research focus on the economics of dynamic uncertainty in regulation and climate change. He is also involved in research on energy markets, fossil fuels being largely responsible for greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. He has published extensively in this area over the past four decades, including work in understanding uncertainty, randomness and learning in climate decisions and regulation, coal and electricity markets, international trade and pollution havens, and tax competition. He has also authored a leading advanced textbook on environmental economics, now in a second edition and translated into Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.
Prof. Kolstad has been a Lead Author and a Convening Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), is a founding Co-Editor of the University of Chicago Press journal Review of Environmental Economics & Policy and has served on many advisory boards. He is a former president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE).
Prof. Kolstad joined the faculty of Stanford in 2012, following a career at the University of California in Santa Barbara, and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. At Stanford, in addition to his affiliation with the Department of Economics, Prof. Kolstad holds Senior Fellow appointments in the Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE), the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and the Woods Institute for the Environment. Until recently Prof. Kolstad was a faculty co-director of Stanford’s Bits & Watts Initiative.
Prof. Kolstad is also a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics, Chair of the Department of Economics and co-director of the UC system-wide University of California Center for Energy and Environmental Economics (UCE3). He is a University Fellow at Resources for the Future (Washington, DC), a Fellow of CESifo (Munich) and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge, MA).