• Ph.D. in Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2002
  • MPAff, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, 1996
  • B.A. in Political and Social Thought, University of Virginia, 1992
Research Areas
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Natural Resource Economics and Policy
  • Energy Economics and Policy
Teaching Areas
  • Economics
  • Environmental and Energy Policy

Sheila Olmstead is an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, a visiting fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF) in Washington, DC, and a senior fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana. In August 2016, she began a one-year leave from UT Austin to serve as the senior economist for energy and the environment at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Before joining UT in 2013, Olmstead was a senior fellow (2013) and fellow (2010-13) at RFF, as well as an associate professor (2007-10) and assistant professor (2002-07) of environmental economics at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Olmstead has served as vice president and as a member of the board of directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, as associate editor of Water Resources Research, as co-editor of Environmental and Resource Economics, and as an editorial council member for the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University (2002), a Masters in Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin (1996) and a B.A. from the University of Virginia (1992).

Media Expertise
  • Energy Policy
  • Energy Water Nexus
  • Evaluation of energy and water conservation programs
  • Water Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Climate change
  • Econometrics
  • Economics
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Natural resource management


Media MentionApril 1, 2014
Making the most of Texas SWIFT water rescue
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Media MentionMarch 27, 2014
UT expert speaks about oil spill impact
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NewsSeptember 16, 2013
The LBJ School Welcomes Two New Permanent Faculty Members in Health Policy and Environmental Economics

The LBJ School is pleased to announce the addition of Todd Olmstead, former Associate Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, and Sheila Olmstead, former Associate Professor of Environmental Economics at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, to the permanent faculty.

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