Reilly, John

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





Focus Areas

Food, Water & Forestry, Infrastructure & Air Pollution, 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 Technical Note
Chen, Y.-H.H., S. Paltsev, J. Reilly, J. Morris, V. Karplus, A. Gurgel, N. Winchester, P. Kishimoto, É. Blanc and M. Babiker (2017). [PDF]
Journal Article
Morris, J., V.  Srikrishnan, M. Webster and J. Reilly (2017). Energy Journal, online first (10.5547/01956574.39.1.jmor)
Journal Article
Caron, J., G. E. Metcalf and J. Reilly (2017). Energy Journal, 38(1): 1-22 [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Chen, Y.-H.H., M. Babiker, S. Paltsev and J. Reilly (2016). Joint Program Report Series Report 292, 22 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Fant, C., C.A. Schlosser, X. Gao, K. Strzepek and J. Reilly (2016). PLoS ONE, 11(3): e0150633 [PDF]

News + Media

News Release
MIT News | 
Apr 13, 2017
In The News
New Yorker | 
Mar 30, 2017
In The News
Popular Science | 
Jan 18, 2017
In The News
Climate Central | 
Dec 20, 2016
News Release
MIT News | 
Sep 29, 2016
In The News
Inside Climate News | 
Aug 12, 2016