Robert Hahn

Honorary Research Associate


Robert Hahn is an honorary research associate at the Smith School, Oxford, and a distinguished senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. He is also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon. Pre-Covid, he was professor and director of economics at Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Bob also served on the Harvard Kennedy School faculty and held senior appointments at AEI and Brookings. He co-founded the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, a leader in policy research in law, economics and regulation. Previously, he worked for the U.S. President's Council of Economic Advisers and was the chief economist on the White House drafting team for the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.

Robert is currently conducting several economics experiments aimed at promoting sustainability and equity, and also researching new approaches for addressing climate change. Bob served as a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Many of the findings of that Commission were enacted into law as the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act.

He is a frequent contributor to leading scholarly journals including the American Economic Review, Science, and the Yale Law Journal, as well as to general-interest periodicals including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. In 1984, he co-founded the Community Prepatory School for lower income children in Providence, Rhode Island, dedicated to serving inner-city youth.