Paul Joskow
Paul Lewis Joskow became President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on January 1, 2008. He is also the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, Emeritus at MIT. He has served on the MIT faculty since 1972. From 1994 through 1998 he was Head of the MIT Department of Economics. From 1999 through 2007 he was the Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research.

In his research and teaching, Joskow focuses on industrial organization, government regulation of industry, competition policy, and energy and environmental economics.

Personal Life and Education

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Joskow was raised in Queens and attended Francis Lewis High School
Francis Lewis High School
Francis Lewis High School is a public high school located in Fresh Meadows, Queens. Francis Lewis High School offers a number of special programs upon admission: Jacob K...

. He received a BA from Cornell University
Cornell University
Cornell University is an Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York, United States. It is a private land-grant university, receiving annual funding from the State of New York for certain educational missions...

 in 1968 and a PhD in Economics from Yale University
Yale University
Yale University is a private, Ivy League university located in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States...

 in 1972. Joskow was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Paris - Dauphine in 2007.

In 1978 Joskow married Barbara Chasen, and the couple currently reside in both Boston and New York City. They have one daughter, Suzanne Zoe Joskow, born in 1983. She graduated from Yale College in 2005 and now works in Hollywood, CA.

His nephew is the blogger Matthew Yglesias.


Joskow has published 6 books and over 125 articles in numerous journals and books, including:
  • American Economic Review
  • Bell Journal of Economics
  • Energy Journal
  • Electricity Journal
  • Foreign Affairs
  • International Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics
  • Journal of Law and Economics
  • Journal of Law, Economics and Organization
  • Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Applied Econometrics
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • Oxford Review of Economic Policy
  • Rand Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy
  • Yale Law Journal

JOSKOW, PAUL LEWIS (1972) A BEHAVIORAL THEORY OF PUBLIC UTILITY REGULATION. Ph.D. dissertation, Yale University, United States—Connecticut.

Other Involvements

Joskow is a trustee to the Yale Corporation, the governing body of Yale University; a member of the Board of Overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; a director of Exelon Corporation and TransCanada Corporation; and a trustee of the Putnam Mutual Funds. He previously served as a director of the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research, the New England Electric System, State Farm Indemnity Company, and National Grid plc. Joskow is also a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the Industrial Organization Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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