John M. Reilly


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John Reilly is the co-director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, and a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

An energy, environmental, and agricultural economist, Reilly focuses on understanding the role of human activities as a contributor to global environmental change and the effects of environmental change on society and the economy. A key element of his work is the integration of economic models of the global economy as it represents human activity with models of biophysical systems, including the ocean, atmosphere, and terrestrial vegetation. By understanding the complex interactions of human society with our planet, the goal is to aid in the design of policies that can effectively limit the contribution of human activity to environmental change, to facilitate adaptation to unavoidable change, and to understand the consequences of the deployment of large-scale energy systems that will be needed to meet growing energy needs.

Reilly holds a BS in economics and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as an MS and a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


"Meeting U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Goals with the International Air Pollution Provision of the Clean Air Act."

Yuan, Mei, Alexander R. Barron, Noelle E. Selin, Paul D. Picciano, Lucy E. Metz, John M Reilly, and Henry D. Jacoby. Environmental Research Letters Vol. 17, No. 5 (2022): 054019.

"The COVID-19 Effect on the Paris Agreement."

Reilly, John M., Y. -H. Chen, and Henry D. Jacoby. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications Vol. 8, No. 16 (2021).

"The Role of Synthetic Biology in Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Prospects and Challenges."

DeLisi, C. et al. BioDesign Research Vol. 2020, (2020): 1016207.

"Regulatory Control of Vehicle and Power Plant Emissions: How Effective and at What Cost?"

Paltsev, Sergey, Valerie Karplus, Henry Chen, Ioanna Karkatsouli, John M. Reilly, and Henry D. Jacoby. Climate Policy Vol. 15, No. 4 (2015): 438-457.

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