Michael Toman
Research Manager, Sustainable Development, Development Research Group, World Bank

Michael Toman is lead economist on climate change in the Development Research Group and manager of the Energy and Environment and Agriculture and Rural Development Teams. His current research interests include alternative energy resources, policies for responding to risks of climate change catastrophes, timing of investments for greenhouse gas reduction, and mechanisms for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions through reduced deforestation.

During his career Toman has done extensive research on climate change economics and policy, energy markets and policy, environmental policy instruments, and approaches to achieving sustainable development. Prior to joining the World Bank in fall 2008, he held senior analytical and management positions at RAND Corporation, Inter-American Development Bank, and Resources for the Future.

His teaching experience includes adjunct positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the School of the Environment, University of California at Santa Barbara. Toman has a BA from Indiana University, a MSc in applied mathematics from Brown University, and MA and PhD degrees in economics from the University of Rochester.