Billy Pizer is an associate professor at the Sanford School and faculty fellow at the Nicholas Institute, both at Duke University. His current research examines how public policies to promote clean energy can effectively leverage private-sector investments, how environmental regulation and climate policy can affect production costs and competitiveness, and how the design of market-based environmental policies can address the needs of different stakeholders.
From 2008 until 2011, he was deputy assistant secretary for environment and energy at the US Department of the Treasury, overseeing Treasury’s role in the domestic and international environment and energy agenda of the United States. Before that, he was a researcher at Resources for the Future for more than a decade. He has written more than two dozen peer-reviewed publications, books, and articles and holds a PhD and MA in economics from Harvard University and a BS in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.