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Paul Lewis Joskow, B.A., ’72 Ph.D.


Paul L. Joskow is the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, Emeritus, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Paul Lewis Joskow

After receiving a B.A. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from Yale, Mr. Joskow joined the faculty of MIT, where he taught for more than thirty-five years and served as head of the Department of Economics and as director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. From 2008 to 2017 he served as president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, where he oversaw the foundation’s nearly $1.9 billion in assets and directed its diverse grant-giving programs. He returned to MIT in January 2018 after retiring from his role at the Sloan Foundation. Mr. Joskow is a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association and of the Industrial Organization Society. He is an emeritus member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s board of advisors, a director of the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research, and a member of the boards of Exelon Corporation and Putnam Mutual Funds. Mr. Joskow also serves on the Economics Advisory Council of the Environmental Defense Fund and the Advisory Board of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law. At Yale he served on the University Council from 1988 until 2008 and was its president from 1994 to 2006. He was awarded the Yale Medal in 2005. Mr. Joskow was named a successor trustee in 2008.

Resides in Brookline, Massachusetts