Frank Ackerman

Economist, Synapse Energy Economics

Education
Ph.D. Economics, Harvard University
Phone
617-453-7064

Frank Ackerman is an economist who has written extensively about the economics of climate change, energy and other environmental problems. His book, “Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing,” is a critique of cost-benefit analysis and its abuse in US environmental policy. His other books include “Poisoned for Pennies: The Economics of Toxics and Precaution” (Island Press, 2008), and “Can We Afford the Future? Economics for a Warming World” (Zed Books, 2009). He has written numerous academic and popular articles, and has directed policy reports for clients ranging from Greenpeace to the European Parliament.

He is a founder and member of the steering committee of Economics for Equity and Environment (the E3 Network), and a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. Frank received his PhD in economics from Harvard University. He is now a principal economist at Synapse Energy Economics, a research and consulting firm in Cambridge, MA.

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