Richard Schmalensee

Howard W. Johnson Professor of Economics and Management , Director, CEEPR
Sloan School of Management


Mapping coal’s decline and renewables' rise

Mapping coal’s decline and renewables' rise

CoalMap online tool shows what policy regulations and technological advancements can do for the cost-competitiveness of solar and wind energy.

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Richard Schmalensee


Richard Schmalensee is the Howard W. Johnson professor of Economics and Management emeritus at MIT. He was a member of the President’s Council of Academic Advisors from 1989 – 1991 and served for 12 years as director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR). He also served as the John C. Head III Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management from 1998 through 2007.  Schmalensee recently co-chaired MIT’s Future of Solar Energy study with fellow council member, Vladimir Bulović. 


Industrial organization economics and its application to managerial and public policy issues, with particular emphasis on antitrust, regulatory, energy, and environmental policies.

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March 24, 2016
Pricing solar so it doesn’t raise everyone’s energy rates
Richard Schmalensee, MIT, discusses the importance of obtaining solar power as cost-effectively as possible.

May 29, 2015
Terawatt solar farms by 2050?
MITEI Future of Solar Energy report outlines what's coming down the innovation pipeline in renewable energy.

May 5, 2015
Solar power is booming. But is it booming fast enough?
Solar capacity is growing around the world. But new studies, including one from the MIT Energy Initiative, suggest it isn't growing quickly enough to meet the world's expanding energy needs and stall the threat of climate change.

May 5, 2015
Shift in U.S. federal solar funding needed for large-scale deployment: report
MIT Energy Initiative report urges U.S. to redirect spending from wasteful solar power tax credits and prepare the electricity grid for large-scale solar energy use.

May 5, 2015
MITEI releases report on the Future of Solar Energy
Comprehensive report highlights enormous potential, technology and policy challenges for solar.