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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)
PhD, Engineering Economics Systems, Stanford University, 1982
MA, Mathematics, University of Rochester, 1973
BS, Mathematics, Bates College, 1969


Charles D. Kolstad is an internationally known environmental economist with a focus on industrial organization and public economics. His research interests are in information, uncertainty and regulation, with much of his applied work 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 OUP journal Review of Environmental Economics & Policy and serves as an advisor to the State of California on their greenhouse gas cap and trade program. He is a former president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE).

Prior to joining Stanford in 2012, Proffesor Kolstad was on the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was Chair of the Department of Economics and a Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Management. He is a University Fellow at Resources for the Future (Washington, D.C.), a Fellow of CESifo (Munich) and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge, MA).