Is an Energy Hat Trick Possible?
On October 8, 2015, Michael Greenstone, Milton Friedman Professor of Economics and Director of the interdisciplinary Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, delivered the inaugural Jon Goldstein Memorial Lecture on environmental policy and economics. The lecture, sponsored by the Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute and the Department of Economics, was aimed at raising awareness for the role economic policy can play in combating climate change.
Greenstone's research estimates the costs and benefits of environmental quality and society’s energy choices. He has worked extensively on the Clean Air Act and examined its impacts on air quality, manufacturing activity, housing prices, and human health to assess its benefits and costs. He is currently engaged in large‐scale projects to estimate the economic costs of climate change and to identify efficient approaches to mitigating these costs. From 2009-10 he was the Chief Economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisers.
Jon Heller Goldstein devoted 35 years to public service as an economist working tirelessly to improve the environment and reduce poverty through investment in human capital. In 1964, Dr. Goldstein earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota and went on to play several key roles in the Social Security Administration, Department of the Interior, and on the Endangered Species Committee. Dr. Goldstein's distinguished career with the Department of the Interior, his seminal work on wetlands conservation, and numerous articles on the impact of federal programs on wetlands, will leave a lasting legacy on environmental policy.