Carnegie Mellon University

Akshaya Jha

Akshaya Jha

Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Heinz College

  • Hamburg Hall 2218
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Akshaya Jha is an assistant professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management and by courtesy, Tepper School of Business.


  • B.S., Economics and Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Ph.D., Economics, Stanford University


Jha’s research interests lie at the intersection of energy and environmental economics and industrial organization. His research uses a combination of economic modeling and causal inference techniques to quantify the economic and environmental costs and benefits of a wide range of policies impacting wholesale electricity supply.  In recent work, he has examined the introduction of financial trading to California’s wholesale electricity market, the phase-out of nuclear power in Germany, the dramatic growth of rooftop solar capacity in Western Australia, and the determinants of electricity blackouts in India.