Thomas Rutherford

Thomas Rutherford
330 North Orchard Street
Madison WI 53715
Room 4243B

Optimization of economic decisions

Years at WID

2011 - present


  • B.S., Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University
  • Ph.D., Operations Research, Stanford University

Research Description

Interests include Energy Markets, Climate Policy, International Trade, Technical Change and Computational Economics.


  • GTAP Hall of Fame Award, User Community of the Global Trade Analysis Project, 2007.
  • Daeyang Prize (with GlennW. Harrison and David G. Tarr), Journal of Economic Integration, 1997.
  • Cowles Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Yale University, 1986.
  • Yale College McCloskey award in mechanical engineering, 1977.

Selected Publications

  • Trade andWelfare: Does industrial organization matter?, with Edward J. Balistreri and Russell H. Hillberry, Economics Letters. 109 (2), 85–87, 2010.
  • Computation of equilibria in OLG models with many heterogeneous households, with Sebastian Rausch, Computational Economics. 36, 171–189, 2010.
  • The efficiency of fiscal measures in preventing out-migration from North Finland, with Hannu Törmä, Regional Studies. 44(4), 465–475, 2010.
  • Regional impacts of liberalization of barriers against foreign direct investment in services: the case of Russia’s accession to theWTO, with David Tarr, Review of International Economics, 18(1): 30–46, 2010.
  • The Costs of Compliance: A CGE Assessment of Canada’s Policy Options under the Kyoto Protocol , with Christoph Böhringer, TheWorld Economy, 33(2), 177–211, 2009.
  • EU climate policy up to 2020: An economic impact assessment, with Christoph Böhringer, Andreas Löschel and UlfMoslener, Energy Economics, 31(2):S295–S305, 2009.
  • The EU 20/20/2020 targets: An overview of the EMF22 assessment, with Christoph Christoph Böhringer and Richard S.J. Tol Energy Economics, 31(2):S268–S273, 2009.
  • Feasible climate targets: The roles of economic growth, coalition development and expectations, with Geoffrey J. Blanford and Richard G. Richels, Energy Economics, 31(2):S82–S93, 2009.
  • The case for international emission trade in the absence of cooperative climate policy, with Jared Carbone and Carsten Helm, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 58(3): 266–280, 2009.
  • International climate policy: a “second best” solution for a “second best” world?, with with Richard Richels and Geoffrey Blanford, Climate Change Letters, 97 (1–2): 289–296, 2009.