Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

Research. Insights. Impact. Advancing the Legacy of Chicago Economics.

Frank Wolak

Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies
Stanford University
Visiting Scholar
10/19/15 10/30/15

Frank Wolak’s fields of specialization are industrial organization and econometric theory. His recent work studies methods for introducing competition into infrastructure industries — telecommunications, electricity, water delivery and postal delivery services — and on assessing the impacts of these competition policies on consumer and producer welfare.

Prior to his position at Stanford, Wolak was the Chair of the Market Surveillance Committee of the California Independent System Operator for electricity supply industry in California. He is a visiting scholar at University of California Energy Institute and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He currently directs the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development in the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies. Wolak was also a member of the Emissions Market Advisory Committee for California’s Market for Greenhouse Gas Emissions allowances.

Wolak received his undergraduate education in economics from Rice University. He went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard. 

Previous Visits

  • 2014: October 1224