Carnegie Mellon University

Lynne  Kiesling

Lynne Kiesling

Visiting Professor, Engineering and Public Policy
Director, Institute for Regulatory Law & Economics

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129 Baker Hall
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Lynne Kiesling is a Visiting Associate Professor in the department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Most recently, Lynne was a Visiting Associate Professor in Economics at Purdue University, and the Associate Director of the Purdue University Research Center in Economics.  Prior to that, Lynne was an Associate Professor of Instruction in the Department of Economics at Northwestern University, where she was also a Faculty Affiliate and Director of the Electricity Policy Program in the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth.

Lynne is the author or co-author of many academic journal articles, book chapters, policy studies, and public interest comments, most of which analyze electricity policy and market design issues relating to regulation and technological change. Her publications include Deregulation, Innovation, and Market Liberalization: Electricity Regulation in a Continually Evolving Environment (Routledge, 2008). Her specialization is industrial organization, regulatory policy and market design in the electricity industry. In particular, she examines the interaction of market design and innovation in the development of retail markets, products and services and the economics of “smart grid” technologies.

As a noted expert in smart grid economics, regulatory and market design, and retail competition, Lynne speaks to various academic, industrial, and regulatory groups about regulatory policy, institutional change, and economic analysis of electric power market design. In addition to her publications she has served as a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, and for academic journals including Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Regulatory Economics, Energy Journal, Public Choice, and Energy Policy. She has provided expert testimony in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, the Illinois Commerce Commission, and the New York Public Service Commission. She also teaches economics workshops for regulators using experimental economics, including the annual Institute for Regulatory Law and Economics workshop.


Ph.D. Economics, Northwestern University,1993

B.S. cum laudeEconomics, Miami University, Phi Beta Kappa, 1987

Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, March 2018


Lynne's research primarily focuses on the effect of regulatory institutions and their incentives on innovation and technological change, particularly in the electric power industry...

Kiesling, Lynne. 2016. Alternatives to Net Metering: Grid Services Rate Design for Decentralized Electricity Markets. R Street Institute Policy Paper, February.

Kiesling, Lynne. 2015. Power Up: The framework for a new era of UK energy distribution.Adam Smith Institute Policy Paper, October.

Kiesling, Lynne. 2015. A Prosperous and Cleaner Future: Markets, Innovation, and Electricity Distribution for the 21stCentury. Conservation Leadership Council Policy Paper, June.

Kiesling, Lynne, Scott Freifeld, and Matthew McCormick. 2003. A Federal Ethanol Mandate: Is It Worth It?Policy Study 315, Reason Public Policy Institute, November.

Kiesling, Lynne. 2003. Movin’ Juice: Making Electricity Transmission More Competitive. Policy Study 314, Reason Public Policy Institute, August.

Kiesling, Lynne, and Brian Mannix. 2002. Standard Market Design in Wholesale Electricity Markets: Can FERC’s Proposed Structure Adapt to the Unknown?Policy Study 301, Reason Public Policy Institute, November.

Kiesling, Lynne. 2002. National Energy Policy: In Need of a More Dynamic Approach.Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation Congressional Advisory 135, September.

Becker, Joe, and Lynne Kiesling. 2002. Russia’s Role in the Shifting World Oil Market.Policy Brief, Caspian Studies Program, Harvard University, May.

Kiesling, Lynne. 2001. Getting Electricity Deregulation Right: How Other States and Nations Have Avoided California's Mistakes.Policy Study 281, Reason Public Policy Institute.

Kiesling, Lynne, and Adrian Moore. 2001. Powering Up California: Policy Alternatives for the California Energy Crisis.Policy Study 280, Reason Public Policy Institute, February.


From Airbnb to Solar: Toward a Transaction Cost Model of a Retail Electricity Distribution Platform.” Manuscript, August 2018. Joint with Michael Munger and Alexander Theisen. Presented at:British Institute of Energy Economics, Midwest Economic Association, College of Charleston, Tilburg University Law & Economics Center, Workshop on Governance in Data-Driven Industries, Property & Environment Research Center Energy Research Workshop. Earlier versions presented at:Boston University Platform Symposium, Public Choice Society, King’s College London, University of Cambridge.

“Innovation, Interconnection, and Institutions: Evolving Electric Power Systems in the Early 20thCentury.” Manuscript, July 2017. Joint with Karen Clay. Presented at:Public Choice Society, Searle Center at Northwestern University Energy Research Roundtable, Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics, Property & Environment Research Center Lone Mountain Fellow Workshop, Property & Environment Research Center Energy Research Workshop.