Paltsev, Sergey

Sergey Paltsev
Deputy Director, Joint Program
Senior Research Scientist, Joint Program
Senior Research Scientist, MITEI and CEEPR
Director, Energy-at-Scale Center





Focus Areas

Energy Transition, Policy Scenarios, Climate Policy, Regional Analysis, Multi-Sector Dynamics


Dr. Sergey Paltsev is a Deputy Director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Energy Initiative and MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR), and a Director of the MIT Energy-at-Scale Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA.

He is the lead modeler in charge of the MIT Economic Projection and Policy Analysis (EPPA) model of the world economy.

His research covers a wide range of topics including energy economics, climate policy, taxation, advanced energy technologies, and international trade. Sergey is an Advisory Board Member for the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) Consortium and a Member of the Economy-Wide Modeling Panel for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board. Dr. Paltsev is an author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and books.

He is a recipient of the 2012 Pyke Johnson Award (by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, USA, for the best paper in the area of planning and environment), the Best Policy Analysis Paper of 2012 by Environmental Science and Technology Journal of the American Chemical Society and the Best 2004 Research Award by Tokyo Electric Power Company, Japan.

Sergey was a Lead Author of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2007-2008 Dr. Paltsev was a member of the Expert Panel on the Economics of Climate Change for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Before joining MIT in 2002, Sergey Paltsev worked as a Consultant for International Management and Communication Corporation and The World Bank, and as an Executive Director of the Program in Economics and Management of Technology at Belarusian State University. He received a Diploma in Radiophysics and Electronics from Belarusian State University and PhD in Economics from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Education + Credentials
University of Colorado, Boulder, Economics, Ph.D., 2001
University of Colorado, Boulder, Economics, M.A., 1996
The Economics Institute, Boulder, Economics, Advanced Diploma, 1994
Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus, Application of Mathematical Methods, Mathematical Modeling and Computers in Scientific Research, Post-Graduate School, 1993
Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus, Radiophysics and Electronics, Diploma, 1989

Recent Publications

Joint Program Report
Yeh, S., S. Paltsev, J.M. Reilly, D. Daniels and P. Linares (2024). Joint Program Report Series Report 371, July, 14 p. [PDF]
Special Report
Paltsev, S.  (2024). New Zealand Treasury paper: Themes from the Treasury’s Guest Lecture Series: Productivity in a Changing World , Presentation Summary, pp. 21-2
Journal Article
Mignone, B.K., L. Clarke, J. A. Edmonds, A. Gurgel, H.J. Herzog, J.X. Johnson, D.S. Mallapragada, H. McJeon, J. Morris, P. R. O’Rourke, S. Paltsev, S.K. Rose, D.C. Steinberg and A. Venkatesh (2024). Nature Communications, 15(3938) (doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-47059-0)
Journal Article
Benavides, K., A. Gurgel, J. Morris, B. Mignone, B. Chapman, H. Kheshgi, H. Herzog and S. Paltsev, (2023). International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 131, 103963 (doi: 10.1016/j.ijggc.2023.103963)
Journal Article
Desport, L., A. Gurgel, J. Morris, H. Herzog, Y-H.H. Chen, S. Selosse and S. Paltsev (2023). Energy Economics, 129, 107244 (doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2023.107244)

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