Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
From 2008 to 2011, Pizer was deputy assistant secretary for environment and energy in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he created and led a new office responsible for the department’s role in the domestic and international environment and energy agenda of the United States. Prior to that, Pizer was a researcher at Resources for the Future (RFF), a nonpartisan think tank, for more than a decade. He served as senior economist for the environment at the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 2001 to 2002.
Pizer's academic experience includes visiting professorships at The Johns Hopkins University (1997-1999) and Stanford University (2000-2001). He has published more than thirty peer-reviewed articles and books and holds a PhD and MA in economics from Harvard University and BS in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (On leave, spring 2016)
In The News
Fell, H, MacKenzie, IA, and Pizer, WA. "Prices versus quantities versus bankable quantities." Resource and Energy Economics 34, no. 4 (2012): 607-623.
Pizer, WA. "Combining price and quantity controls to mitigate global climate change." Journal of Public Economics 85, no. 3 (2002): 409-434.