Carnegie Mellon University

Akshaya Jha

Akshaya Jha (DC 2009)

Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Heinz College

  • Hamburg Hall 3016
  • 412-268-4693
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Akshaya Jha is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Heinz College.  He received a B.S. in Economics and Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.


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


Jha's fields of specialization are Energy/Environmental Economics as well as Industrial Organization. His research studies the costs and benefits of regulatory versus market mechanisms in energy and environmental contexts, as well as the design of these mechanisms. Recent work includes quantifying regulatory distortions in coal procurement for U.S electricity generation plants and studying the physical efficiency benefits of financial trading in California’s wholesale electricity markets.