John A. "Skip" Laitner, MS
Economic & Human Dimensions Resource Associates
John A. “Skip” Laitner is an internationally recognized energy and resource economist with more than 50 years of consulting, energy research, energy technology and policy assessments, resource benefit-cost analyses, studies on resource costs and constraints, and valuations of the net employment and macroeconomic impacts of energy and climate policy scenarios. Laitner’s team, Economic and Human Dimensions Research Associates, founded in 2012 and based in Tucson, AZ, develops and evaluates national, state, and local energy programs for their
contribution to a robust and sustainable economic activity over the long-term.
Author of more than 320 publications, journal articles, reports, and book chapters, Laitner has provided studies, regional assessments, lectures, and technical seminars in diverse places as Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, and Spain as well as many jurisdictions within the United States.
Laitner holds a 1988 master’s degree in resource economics from Antioch University. As the senior economist for technology policy at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1996 to 2006. In 1998, Laitner was awarded EPA's top honor, the Gold Medal, for his work in evaluating the economic impact and benefits of strategies that might assist in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2020, he was invited as a guest editor for a special issue of a Russian university journal, Economic Policy. The theme of that special issue was “Institutional Perspectives on the Productive Use of Resources.”
Prior to starting his current business, Laitner also served as the Director of Social and Economic Policy for the DC-based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy from 2006 through 2012. More recently, he was invited to teach a 2022 graduate course for the University of
Arizona on Economics for Public Policy.