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

Journal Article
Gurgel, A., J. Reilly, J. Morris, C.A. Schlosser, X. Gao, M. Yuan and K. Tapia- Ahumada (2024). Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 29(27) (doi: 10.1007/s11027-024-10119-3)
Journal Article
Bistline, J., . . .  and M. Yuan (2023). Energy and Climate Change, 5, 100118 (doi: 10.1016/j.egycc.2023.100118)
Peer-Reviewed Research
Bistline, J.E.T., . . . , M. Yuan and A. Zhao (2023). Environmental Research Letters, 19(1) (doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ad0d3b)
Special Report
Woolacott, J., . . . , J. McFarland, S. Paltsev, M. Yuan, et al.  (2023). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act - Documentation of the USREP-ReEDS Model Analysis
Journal Article
Picciano, P., Q. Minghao, S.D. Eastham, M. Yuan, J. Reilly and N.E. Selin (2023). Nature Communications, 14, 5543 (doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-41131-x)

News + Media

Joint Program News | 
Mar 19, 2024
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Mar 18, 2024
News Brief
Nov 30, 2023
News Release
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | 
Sep 21, 2023
News Release
MIT News | 
Sep 19, 2023
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Oct 07, 2022