Yuan, Mei

Mei Yuan
Research Scientist, Joint Program


(617) 452-3192



Focus Areas

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


Dr. Yuan oversees the U.S. Economic Analysis Project at the MIT Joint Program. An expert in energy-economic modeling, she specializes in general equilibrium modeling and large-scale general equilibrium model systems for economic assessment of policies in various industries and national and international economies. Dr. Yuan has analyzed US national and regional environmental regulations, the impacts of global environmental policies on the energy market, economic implications of natural gas exports, impacts of lifting oil export bans, strategic implications for major energy players of changes in energy markets, comparisons of global energy and environmental policies, impacts of electric vehicles on electricity systems, and the effectiveness of energy efficiency policies.

Education + Credentials
Ph.D., Economics, University of Colorado Boulder, 2007
M.A., Economics, University of Colorado Boulder, 2002
B.A. International Economics, University of International Business and Economics, 1999

Recent Publications

Conference Proceedings Paper
Gurgel, A., C.A. Schlosser, M. Yuan, X. Gao, K. Tapia-Ahumada, J.F. Morris and J.M. Reilly (2022). American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, GC14C-02
Journal Article
Bistilne, J., N. Abhyankar, G. Blanford, L. Clarke, R. Fakhry, H. McJeon, J. Reilly, C. Roney, T. Wilson, M. Yuan and A. Zhao  (2022). Science, 376(6596), 922-924 (doi: 10.1126/science.abn0661)
Journal Article
Yuan, M., A. Barron, N. Selin, P. Picciano, L. Metz, J. Reilly and H. Jacoby (2022). Environmental Research Letters, 17(5) (doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ac6227)
Journal Article
Yuan, M., K. Tapia-Ahumada and J. Reilly (2021). Energy Policy, 154, 112261
Joint Program Report
Yuan, M., A. Barron, N. Selin, P. Picciano, L. Metz, J. Reilly and H. Jacoby (2021). Joint Program Report Series Report 351, April, 24 p. [PDF]

News + Media

News Release
Joint Program News | 
Oct 07, 2022
In The News
Washington Examiner | 
Jan 13, 2020
In The News
Power Engineering | 
Dec 06, 2019
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Nov 26, 2019
In The News
Houston Chronicle | 
Nov 06, 2019