NEW YORK, December 12, 2017 - The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) announced today that Noah Kaufman has joined as a Research Scholar. Kaufman’s research will focus on the economics of markets and policies for energy and the environment, including the design of market-based climate policy instruments and environmental regulation. In addition to other research, Noah will direct the Center’s Carbon Tax Design research initiative.
“We are incredibly pleased to welcome Noah onto the CGEP team,” said Jason Bordoff, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs and Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy. “Noah is a first-rate scholar whose experience in government and the non-profit sector give him a deep appreciation for the importance of timely, relevant economic analysis to policymaking.”
"How we navigate the rapid changes to our global energy system will have enormous consequences for our economy and our environment.” said Kaufman. “I am so fortunate to join a team at CGEP that is renowned for high-quality and independent energy analysis.”
Kaufman came to CGEP from the World Resource Institute where he led projects on carbon pricing, the economic impacts of climate polities, and decarbonization strategies.
He served as the Deputy Associate Director of Energy & Climate Change at the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President Obama, and he was a Senior Consultant in the Environment Practice of NERA Economic Consulting.
Kaufman received his BS in economics, cum laude, from Duke University, and his PhD and MS in economics from the University of Texas at Austin, where his dissertation examined optimal policy responses to climate change.
About the Center on Global Energy Policy: The Center on Global Energy Policy is an independent, nonpartisan, academic organization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. CGEP seeks to strengthen the understanding of global energy policy issues and support leaders working to solve today’s most pressing energy challenges. To achieve its mission, CGEP conducts and supports world-class academic research; convenes leaders from around the world to advance the energy dialogue; builds bridges with partners beyond the academy to connect rigorous analysis with real-world applications and systems; and trains students to become the next generation of energy scholars, executives and policymakers. Based at one of the world’s great research universities located in the heart of New York City, Columbia University is Where the World Connects for Energy Policy.