Joseph Aldy studies climate and energy policy with a focus on the environmental, health, and energy impacts of subsidizing fossil fuels and renewable power generation, and the factors that affect the success of climate agreements and policies.
Joseph Aldy is an Associate Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Visiting Fellow at Resources for the Future, a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
He also serves as the Faculty Chair of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government Regulatory Policy Program.
His research focuses on climate change policy, energy policy, and mortality risk valuation. In particular, he is currently interested in examining the environmental, health, and energy impacts of fossil fuel subsidies in developing countries, the effectiveness of subsidies for energy-efficient appliances, the impacts of subsidies for renewable power generation, the competitiveness impacts of climate change policy, institutions to promote the transparency and review of international climate agreements, the heterogeneity in the benefits of reducing mortality risk across individuals, and the implementation of benefit-cost analysis.
In 2009-2010, he served as the Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment in the Obama administration and previously worked on the staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers in the Clinton Administration. He served as the Co-Director of the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements and Co-Director of the International Energy Workshop before joining the Obama Administration.