Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration
Economic Analysis & Policy | Energy Institute | Sustainability

Leading expert on energy and environmental economics


Catherine Wolfram is the Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business. She formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate & Energy Economics in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to her leave in March 2021, she served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Faculty. She was also the Program Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Environment and Energy Economics Program, and an affiliated faculty member in the Agriculture and Resource Economics department and the Energy and Resources Group at Berkeley.
Wolfram has published extensively on the economics of energy markets. Her work has analyzed rural electrification programs in the developing world, energy efficiency programs in the US, the effects of environmental regulation on energy markets and the impact of privatization and restructuring in the US and UK. She is currently implementing several randomized controlled trials to evaluate energy programs in the U.S., Ghana, and Kenya.

She received a PhD in Economics from MIT in 1996 and an AB from Harvard in 1989. Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, she was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Harvard.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Energy Policy and Climate Change
  • Energy In The Developing World
  • Environmental Regulation
  • New Data Collection Techniques