Joseph P. Kalt

Senior Managing Director


Joseph P. Kalt is the Ford Foundation Professor (Emeritus) of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He joined the faculty at Harvard in 1978 and is a specialist in the economics of industrial organization, antitrust, economic development, government regulation and taxation. The Kennedy School of Government is Harvard’s graduate school for public policy and administration, and Prof. Kalt has served as the School’s Academic Dean for Research, chair of degree programs, chair of Ph.D. programs, and chair of the economics and quantitative methods section. In 2013, he was the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Auckland (NZ) Business School. He has also served as Visiting Professor at The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management and, since 2008, at the University of Arizona’s Rogers College of Law.

Professor Kalt is a Senior Managing Director with Compass Lexecon. He has testified frequently as an expert on matters of antitrust, regulation, and economic policy before the U.S. Congress and various state, tribal, federal and international arbitration and judicial tribunals. In addition, he has served as an arbitrator in disputes in the coal, oil and gas, and railroad sectors. Prof. Kalt has also served as a mediator and/or advisor on matters of regulation, taxation, and economic development to various national and international governments, including the U.S., Thailand, China, Canada, Poland, Belarus, Moldova, Indonesia, and numerous Indigenous nations.

Professor Kalt’s publications include The Economics and Politics of Oil Price Regulation, Drawing the Line on Natural Gas Regulation (with Frank C. Schuler), Petroleum Price Regulation: Should We Decontrol? (with Kenneth Arrow), and New Horizons in Natural Gas Deregulation (with Jerome Ellig). He is widely recognized for his work in economic development on American Indian reservations and among First Nations in Canada. In 1987, he founded (with Stephen Cornell) the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. He is the Project’s co-director and is a principal author of The State of the Native Nations: Conditions under U.S. Policies of Self-Determination (with the Harvard Project), co-editor and a primary author of What Can Tribes Do? Strategies and Institutions in the Economic Development of American Indian Reservations (with Stephen Cornell), and a principal author of Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development. In 2005, Prof. Kalt received the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s First American Leadership Award for his research on public policy affecting Native peoples.

Professor Kalt is a member of the Board of Directors of The Sonoran Institute, and the Honorary Advisory Board of the Centro Artistico y Cultural de Huachinera, Sonora, Mexico, and the Board of Trustees of The Communications Institute. He is Chairman of the Board of the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation Inc. Prof. Kalt served on the President’s Commission on Aviation Safety and on the Steering Committee of the National Park Service’s National Parks for the 21st Century. He received his Ph.D. (1980) and M.A. (1977) in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and his B.A. (1973) in Economics from Stanford University.

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    • PhD in Economics, University of California, Los Angeles
    • MA in Economics, University of California, Los Angeles
    • BA in Economics, Stanford University

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