Reilly, John

John Reilly
Co-Director, MIT Joint Program
Senior Lecturer, Sloan School of Management





Focus Areas

Managed Resources, Infrastructure & Investment, Energy Transition, Policy Scenarios, Climate Policy, Air Quality & Health, Regional Analysis


John Reilly is a Co-Director of the MIT Joint Program and an energy, environmental, and agricultural economist. His research is focused on understanding the role of human activities as a contributor to global environmental change and the effects of environmental change on society and the economy. A key element of his work is the integration of economic models of the global economy as it represents human activity with models of biophysical systems including the ocean, atmosphere, and terrestrial vegetation. By understanding the complex interactions of human society with our planet, the goal is to aid in the design of policies that can effectively limit the contribution of human activity to environmental change, to facilitate adaptation to unavoidable change, and to understand the consequences of the deployment of large scale energy systems that will be needed to meet growing energy needs.

Education + Credentials
B.S., Economics and Political Science, University of Wisconsin, 1976
M.S., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1979
Ph.D., Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1983

Recent Publications

Joint Program Report
Landry, E., C.A. Schlosser, Y.-H.H. Chen, J. Reilly and A. Sokolov (2019). Joint Program Report Report 339, 72 p., December [PDF]
Journal Article
Winchester, N. and J.M. Reilly (2019). Energy Economics, online first (doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2019.104596)
Journal Article
Chai, H.-C., W.-H. Hong, J.M. Reilly, S. Paltsev and Y.-H.H. Chen] (2019). Climate Change Economics, online first (doi: 10.1142/S2010007819500179)
Joint Program Report
Tapia-Ahumada, K.D., J. Reilly, M. Yuan and K. Strzepek (2019). Joint Program Report Series Report 338, September, 22 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Winchester, N. and J.M. Reilly (2019). Climate Change Economics, 10(3) (DOI: 10.1142/S2010007819500106) [PDF]

News + Media

News Release
MIT Climate | 
Feb 06, 2020
News Release
MIT Energy Initiative | 
Feb 04, 2020
In The News
Washington Examiner | 
Jan 13, 2020
News Brief
Joint Program News | 
Dec 11, 2019
In The News
Power Engineering | 
Dec 06, 2019
News Release
MIT News | 
Dec 02, 2019
Utility Dive | 
Dec 02, 2019
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Nov 26, 2019
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Nov 08, 2019