Cornell environmental economist joins Biden administration

The Biden administration has appointed Ivan Rudik as chief environmental economist within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

He started work in the role on June 3, and will be responsible for connecting economic analyses to environmental decision-making.

Rudik is an associate professor of applied economics and policy within the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University.

His research has focused on valuing particulate air pollution damage, determining the social cost of carbon dioxide emissions, and designing policy.

One Biden administration project Rudik will work on is the Natural Capital Accounts Initiative, which seeks to measure the value of environmental assets, such as air quality.

Commenting on Rudik’s appointment, Charles Field Knight Dean of the SC Johnson College of Business Andrew Karolyi, said: “Dr. Rudik is a proven thought leader in environmental, energy and resource economics and policy. His expertise will certainly help the U.S. address major challenges in these areas at this critical time.”