Thomas F. Rutherford

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Professor, Agricultural & Applied Economics



PhD 1987, Stanford University (Operations Research, Supervisor: Alan S. Manne)

BS 1977, Yale University (Engineering and Applied Science)


  • The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 2012–present.
  • The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland. Chair in Energy Economics, 2008–2011.
  • Freelance Professional Economist, 2005–2008.
  • Professor of Economics, 2003–2005. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  • Associate Professor, 1997–2002. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  • Assistant Professor, 1992–1996. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  • University of Western Ontario, Canada. Assistant Professor of Economics, 1987–1992.
  • Yale University, Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, 1986–1987.
  • Norwegian School of Economics. Researcher, 1982–1983.
  • Peace Corps, Nepal. Rural Suspension Bridge Engineer, 1977–1979.

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 Glenn W. 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.

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