Hendrik Wolff is Professor of Environmental Economics at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the Department of Geography and Environment. He is co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and on the editorial council of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE).
He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from the Universities of Göttingen and Bonn respectively. He received a second master and a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.
Hendrik's main research is in environmental economics, working at the intersection of transportation, air pollution, energy and health. This includes the economic causes and consequences of air pollution; the ”value of time;” the impact of energy conservation policies on electricity consumption; cost benefit analysis of the clean air act and its effects on health; the interactions between climate, local prices, wages and “quality of life; and the economics of Daylight Saving Time. He also developed new econometric estimators for large supply and demand systems that are used in agriculture and energy. He has conducted research projects in Ecuador, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Bangladesh, Ghana, England, Chile and the United States. Hendrik is a Faculty Affiliate of the UW Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, an IZA Research Fellow, and a CESIfo Research Network Affiliate. He was a visiting professor at Resources for the Future, as well as at LMU Munich, University of Cologne and at IZA, Bonn.
Hendrik’s work has impact on both academia and policy. He won the 2009 Ralph C d’Arge and Allen V. Kneese Award for Outstanding Publication, which is awarded annually for the Best Paper in Environmental and Resource Economics. His research has led to important policy changes by the United Nations and the World Bank on the measurement of indices (the Human Development Index (HDI) and the Ease of Doing Business Index). His work is discussed on television (e.g., ABC News) and international media (e.g., The Economist, The Wall Street Journal). He has successfully obtained external funding from organizations such as the NSF, as well as CSSS and the Royalty Research Fund. In addition, he has been the chair for PhD students and Honors students, many of whom have won multiple awards. The job placements of Hendrik’s students are detailed in his CV. He has also consulted for the U.S. Department of Energy and for the President of the World Bank on important policy issues related to his research.
Hendrik is the director of SelfDrivingCities.com a research lab that connects academic researchers, government, and industry in the urban mobility space with the goal to enhance our quality of life through greener mobility.