Donald A. Hanson

Senior Fellow


Donald A. Hanson has managed programs for the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency on energy policy analysis, air pollution regulation, acid rain integrated assessment, climate economic modeling, and macroeconomic modeling. He is the developer/author of the All Modular Industry Growth Assessment (AMIGA) model, and co-developer/co-author with John J. Marano of the Macro Analysis of Refining Systems (MARS) model. The MARS model provides the technology characterizations, net energy, and greenhouse gas emissions for conventional and biofuels in the context of global fuels markets. That model links with a multisector representation of the United States and rest-of-world economy through the AMIGA model. He performed the scenario simulations presented in the Pew Climate Center Report, U.S. Energy Scenarios for the 21st Century. From 1987 to 2000, Dr. Hanson led the Energy Policy Section at Argonne.

Prior to coming to Argonne, he was an assistant professor of economics at Southern Methodist University and, before that, an assistant professor of Regional Planning at Ohio State University. He took a sabbatical in Oslo, Norway, at the Central Bureau of Statistics where he worked with the Norwegian Multisector Growth Model. He also has a special interest in economic development in China and has consulted for 6 years with the International Energy Agency, helping to prepare their World Energy Outlook.

Dr. Hanson has written on structural change in the U.S. economy, a paper awarded one of the most cited in the Energy Economics Journal. A regular participant in the Stanford University Energy Modeling Forum, he has published several related articles in the Energy Journal on hybrid technology-economic models and on the use of the AMIGA/MARS models for integrated climate assessment. Early in his career, he published many articles on the economic theory of resource extraction.

Dr. Hanson holds a Ph.D. in System Theory with a concentration in economics, an M.A. in Mathematics, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also took a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Economics. While at Argonne, he earned an M.B.A., with concentrations in industrial organization and finance, from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. He also teaches energy economics at DePaul University.