Maximilian Auffhammer

Research Expertise and Interest

climate change, social cost of carbon, econometrics, air pollution, environmental economics, energy economics, species conservation

Research Description

Maximilian Auffhammer is the George Pardee Jr. Professor of International Sustainable Development and Chair of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate. Professor Auffhammer received his B.S. in environmental science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1996, a M.S. in environmental and resource economics at the same institution in 1998, and a Ph.D. in economics from UC San Diego in 2003. He joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2003. His research focuses on environmental and resource economics, energy economics, and applied econometrics. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the  Energy and Environmental Economics group, a Humboldt Fellow, and served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His research has appeared in The American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Economic Journal, the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, The Energy Journal, and other academic journals. Professor Auffhammer is the recipient of the 2017 and 2021 Cheit Teaching Award in the Haas School of Business, the 2009 Campus Distinguished Teaching Award the 2007 Cozzarelli Prize awarded by the National Academies of Sciences, and the 2007 Sarlo Distinguished Mentoring Award. He loves mountains in the winter, spending time with his family, and attempting to make the world a better place - cost-effectively.

In the News

UC Berkeley, Jerry Brown launch new pan-Pacific climate institute

UC Berkeley, in partnership with former California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. and China’s top climate change official, Xie Zhenhua, today (Monday, Sept. 23) announced the launch of a new campus institute to bring together top researchers and policymakers from both sides of the Pacific to stop the rise of greenhouse gases.

Featured in the Media

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March 18, 2024
Ella Nilsen

“We really wanted to get at, can you see that thing from where your house is?" said Professor Max Auffhammer, a study co-author.

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