Olmstead, Sheila | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Education
  • 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 a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), 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, Mont. From 2016 to 2017, she served 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 associate professor (2007–10) and assistant professor (2002–07) of environmental economics at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Dr. Olmstead is currently an editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. She has also served as vice president and 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, book review editor of Water Economics and Policy, and as editorial council member for the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Dr. Olmstead holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University (2002), a master's 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

Newsworthy

NewsJune 18, 2021
Sheila Olmstead, Andrew Waxman, Ben Leibowicz lead team awarded $850,000 to study the economics of carbon capture and storage

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a team led by LBJ School Professor of Public Affairs Sheila Olmstead a $850,000 grant to study the economics of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). The three-year project is a unique collaboration between social science scholars at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Wyoming, supported by physical science experts at UT's Bureau of Economic Geology. It will not only develop and complete four projects on the economics of CCUS, but will also create an interdisciplinary research network to engage further study.

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NewsMay 14, 2021
Protecting local water can help slow climate change and provide trillions of dollars in benefits

A new paper in the May issue of Nature Communications demonstrates why reducing nutrient pollution in local lakes and other waterbodies produces economic benefits globally: Reducing water pollution can help slow climate change and provide trillions of dollars in benefits.

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NewsApril 15, 2021
Federal water rule does not account for pollution across state boundaries

In a research analysis to be published Friday in Science, scholars contend that a new federal water rule enacted in 2020 does not adequately account for transboundary pollution across state lines.

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