Reilly, John

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





Focus Areas

Food, Water & Forestry, Infrastructure Resilience, Air Quality & Health, Workshop, Energy, Climate Policy, 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
Tapia-Ahumada, K.D., J. Reilly, M. Yuan and K. Strzepek (2019). Joint Program Report Series Report 338, September, 22 p. [PDF]
Journal Article
Winchester, N. and J.M. Reilly (2019). Climate Change Economics, 10(3) (DOI: 10.1142/S2010007819500106)
Joint Program Report
Chen, Y.-H.H., J.M. Reilly and S. Paltsev (2019). Joint Program Report Series Report 336, April, 20 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Morris, J.F., J.M. Reilly and Y-H.H. Chen (2019). Energy Economics, 80 (476-490) (doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2019.01.034) [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Hong, W-H., H-C. Chai, Y-H. H. Chen, J.M. Reilly and S. Paltsev (2019). Joint Program Report Series Report 334, February, 11 p. [PDF]

News + Media

News Release
MIT News | 
Oct 04, 2019
In The News
Associated Press | 
Sep 23, 2019
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Jul 17, 2019
News Release
Global Changes - Spring 2019 Newsletter | 
Apr 18, 2019
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Apr 10, 2019