Robert Hahn

University of Oxford
Appointee for Member, Commissioner
Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

Robert Hahn is professor and director of economics at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford; a non-resident senior fellow at Brookings; and a senior fellow at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy. Professor Hahn worked at AEI under the leadership of Chris DeMuth for two decades. While there, Bob co-founded and directed the AEI-Brookings Joint Center, a leader in policy research in law and economics, regulation, and antitrust. Previously, he worked for the U.S. President's Council of Economic Advisers, where he helped design the innovative market-based cap-and-trade system for limiting smokestack sulfur emissions. He also has served on the faculties of Harvard University and Carnegie Mellon University. Bob is a frequent contributor to leading scholarly journals including the American Economic Review, Science, and the Yale Law Journal, as well as to general-interest periodicals including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.

Bob is currently conducting several behavioral economics experiments aimed at encouraging the conservation of energy and water resources, improving labor productivity, improving health outcomes, and understanding the welfare benefits of new technologies. He was recently appointed as a member of the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.

In addition, Bob is co-founder of the Community Preparatory School, an inner-city middle school in Providence, Rhode Island, that provides opportunities for disadvantaged youth to achieve their full potential.