Carnegie Mellon University

Akshaya Jha

Akshaya Jha

Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Heinz College

  • Hamburg Hall 2218
  • 412-268-4693
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 examines the benefits and costs of economic and environmental policy pertaining to the transportation, storage, and combustion of fossil fuel both in the United States and India. His recent work calculates the health costs of local air pollution emitted by freight trains, the coal storage and handling process at power plants, as well as the combustion of coal. In related research, he quantifies the economic cost of distortions in power plant operations due to different economic and environmental policies such as output price regulation and the Clean Air Act.