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Frank Wolak

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Frank Wolak

Faculty Affiliate
Stanford King Center on Global Development
Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in Economics
Department of Economics
Senior Fellow
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI)
Woods Institute for the Environment
BA, Rice University
MS, Harvard University
PhD, Harvard University


Frank A. Wolak is the Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the department of economics at Stanford University. His fields of specialization are industrial organization and econometric theory. His recent work studies methods for introducing competition into infrastructure industries — telecommunications, electricity, water delivery and postal delivery services — and on assessing the impacts of these competition policies on consumer and producer welfare. From January 1, 1998, to March 31, 2011, Wolak was the chair of the Market Surveillance Committee of the California Independent System Operator for electricity supply industry in California. He is a visiting scholar at University of California Energy Institute and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He currently directs the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) in the Freeman-Spogli Institute (FSI). 

Research Interests: 
Energy Policy, Infrastructure, Industrial Organization, Econometric Theory