Frank Ackerman


Frank Ackerman is a principal economist at Synapse Energy Economics in Cambridge, MA. He has written widely on energy, climate change, trade, and related issues, including critiques of overly narrow cost-benefit analyses of environmental protection, among other topics.

He has directed studies and reports for clients ranging from Greenpeace to the European Parliament, including many state agencies, international organizations, and leading environmental groups.

His books include Climate Change and Global Equity (2014), Climate Economics: The State of the Art (2013), Can We Afford the Future? (2009, on the economics of climate change), and Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing (2004, on the limitations of cost-benefit analysis).

Before joining Synapse in 2012, Dr. Ackerman worked for many years at Tufts University and at the Stockholm Environment Institute.

He has taught economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, and the University of Massachusetts, and received his PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Most of his work is available on his website. For a detailed resume, please click here.

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