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Severin Borenstein

E.T. Grether Chair in Business Administration and Public Policy | Faculty Director of the Energy Institute at Haas | Professor of the Graduate School, Haas School of Business

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Severin Borenstein is E.T. Grether Chair in Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business and faculty director of the Energy Institute at Haas. He was also previously the Director emeritus of the University of California Energy Institute (1994-2014). He received his AB from UC Berkeley and PhD in Economics from MIT. His research focuses on business competition, strategy, and regulation. He has published extensively on the airline industry, the oil and gasoline industries, and electricity markets. His current research projects include the economics of renewable energy, economic policies for reducing greenhouse gases, and alternative models of retail electricity pricing. Borenstein is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA. He served on the Board of Governors of the California Power Exchange from 1997 to 2003. During 1999-2000, he was a member of the California Attorney General’s Gasoline Price Task Force. In 2010-11, Borenstein was a member of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee. In 2012-13, he served on the Emissions Market Assessment Committee, which advised the California Air Resources Board on the operation of California’s Cap and Trade market for greenhouse gases. In 2014, he was appointed to the California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee, which he chaired from 2015 until the Committee was dissolved in 2017. Since 2015, he has served on the Advisory Council of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. In 2019, he was appointed to the Governing Board of the California Independent System Operator.

Papers, Articles and Publications

Awards & Honors
  • International Association for Energy Economics, Outstanding Contributions to the Profession Award, 2015
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Industrial Organization Society, 2015
  • Distinguished Faculty Mentoring Award (for graduate student mentoring), UC Berkeley, 2005
  • Distinguished Service Award, Public Utility Research Center, University of Florida, 2005
  • Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, Full-Time MBA Program (1997, 2016) 
  • Michigan Economic Society Undergraduate Teaching Award (1987)
  • National Science Foundation Research Grant #SES-8711576 “Efficiency in the Allocation of Operating Licenses” (1987-1990)
Academic Background
  • PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BA, Economics, UC Berkeley