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Charles Kolstad

Charles Kolstad

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Senior Fellow
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
Senior Fellow
Woods Institute for the Environment
Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy
PhD, Engineering Economics Systems, Stanford University, 1982
MA, Mathematics, University of Rochester, 1973
BS, Mathematics, Bates College, 1969


Charles D. Kolstad is an energy and environmental economist with a research focus on regulation. Much of his applied work is in the area of climate change and energy markets. He has been 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 Oxford University Review of Environmental Economics and Policy and has served on many advisory boards. He is a former president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE).

At Stanford, in addition to his affiliation with the department of economics, 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. Prior to joining Stanford in 2012, Kolstad was on the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics, chair of the department of economics and co-director of the 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.