Josh Linn

Fellow, Resources for the Future

Dr. Linn has been a Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF) since 2010. Prior to joining RFF, he was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While at MIT, Dr. Linn was Executive Director of the MIT Study of the Future of Solar Energy, an inter-disciplinary study of the prospects and challenges of solar energy in the United States. His research centers on the effect of environmental regulation and market incentives on technology, with particular focus on the electricity sector and markets for new vehicles. His work on the electricity sector has compared the effectiveness of cap and trade and alternative policy instruments in promoting new technology. A recent focus has been on renewable technologies, and the policy implications of the intermittency of wind and solar. He is the recipient of a 2009 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields grant, a 2008 Pfizer research grant, and a member of the Sloan Air Cleaning Industry Center. He has a B.A. in Astronomy and Physics from Yale University and a PhD in economics from MIT.