Michael Greenstone is the Director of The Hamilton Project. He is the 3M Professor of Environmental Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution; Co-Director of the Climate Change, Environment, and Natural Resources Research Programme of the International Growth Centre; and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Greenstone previously served as the Chief Economist of the Council of Economic Advisers for the Obama Administration and was an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago in the Economics Department.
Greenstone’s research ranges widely across a number of areas, from the environment and public finance, to regulation of financial markets, to labor and health economics. He has conducted extensive studies on environmental topics, including the economic impact of climate change; air quality; hazardous waste sites; and the relationship between the environment and well-being in developing countries. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Greenstone received a PhD in economics from Princeton University and a BA in economics with High Honors from Swarthmore College.