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Professor of Economics

Frank A. Wolak

Senior Fellow
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

Holbrook Working Professor of Price Studies
Department of Economics

Senior Fellow
Freeman Spogli Institute

Senior Fellow
Precourt Institute for Energy

Frank A. Wolak is the Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Department of Economics at Stanford University. His fields of specialization are Energy and Environmental Economics, Regulatory Economics, and Econometric Theory. His recent work focuses on the design of market and regulatory mechanisms to support the transition to a low carbon energy sector. He also studies methods for introducing competition into infrastructure industries — telecommunications, electricity, water delivery and postal delivery services — and on assessing the impacts of these competition policies on consumer and producer welfare. From January 1, 1998 to March 31, 2011, Wolak was the Chair of the Market Surveillance Committee of the California Independent System Operator for electricity supply industry in California. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).



Ph.D., Harvard University
M.S., Harvard University
B.A., Rice University