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Gilbert E. Metcalf

Academic Advisor
Tufts University
To contact Gilbert E. Metcalf, please email Jake George at or call +1.617.864.7900

Dr. Metcalf is the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and Professor of Economics at Tufts University as well as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

He specializes in applied public finance, with particular interests in taxation, energy, and environmental economics. Currently, his research focuses on policy evaluation and design in the areas of energy and climate change. His most recent book, Paying for Pollution: Why a Carbon Tax is Good for America was published by Oxford University Press in 2019.

During 2011 and 2012, Professor Metcalf served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at the U.S. Department of Treasury. He has frequently testified before Congress, served on expert panels including a recent National Academies of Sciences panel on energy externalities, and consulted to various organizations. Currently, he serves as a Lead Author in Working Group III of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report. Professor Metcalf has previously held teaching positions at Princeton University, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and MIT.

Professor Metcalf’s research has been widely published in numerous academic journals including the Journal of Political Economy, Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, The Energy Journal, and other well-known academic journals. He is a frequent speaker at well-known conferences around the world and has also edited three books and contributed chapters to several books on energy, environmental policy, and tax policy.

News & Events
February 21, 2015
Brattle Experts to Speak at Tufts Energy Conference on the Future of Clean Energy

Brattle principal Peter Fox-Penner and academic advisor Gilbert Metcalf have been invited to present on restructuring the utilities sector and the carbon pricing debate, respectively, at the upcoming Tufts Energy Conference (TEC).