Wolfram Schlenker Headshot

Wolfram Schlenker

Vice Dean, School of International and Public Affairs; Professor of International and Public Affairs; Co-Director, Center for Environmental Economics and Policy

Wolfram Schlenker Headshot

International Affairs Building, Room 1430A

Personal Details

Focus areas: Environmental & natural resource economics, agricultural economics, health economics

Wolfram Schlenker studies the effect of weather and climate on agricultural yields and migration, how climate trends and the US biofuel mandate influences agricultural commodity prices, and how pollution impacts both agricultural yields and human morbidity. He is the Vice Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs. He co-directs the Center on Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP) with Professor Douglas Almond. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He currently serves on the Board of Reviewing Editors at Science.

He holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley (2003) and a Master of Engineering and Management Sciences from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany (2000), as well as a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University (1998).

For more information, please visit Professor Schlenker’s personal website.


  • PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley
  • MS, BS, University of Karlsruhe
  • MEM, Duke University

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Adviser Award – SDEV Ph.D. Program, 2018
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, SIPA, 2011
  • Heinz König Young Scholar Award, ZEW, 2004
  • Sidney Hoos Award, UC Berkeley, 2000

Research And Publications

In The Media

Researchers Thomas Braun and Wolfram Schlenker are highlighted in the National Bureau of Economic Research this month for their analysis on the benefits of large scale irrigation, which creates positive cooling effects that may prove useful to combat the effects of climate change. 

Apr 01 2023
National Bureau of Economic Research
Climate & Sustainable Development

Sumant Sinha MIA ’92 and Nicole Van Der Tuin MPA ’12 are honored for their achievements, contributions to their communities, and service to SIPA.

May 08 2022
Climate & Sustainable Development

A look at SIPA’s past, and future, at the intersection of policy and the environment.

Sep 19 2021

Extreme heat and drought are causing crop damage and losses for U.S. agriculture, with even greater impacts predicted for the future, says Wolfram Schlenker.

Aug 18 2021
AAAS SciLine

SIPA's Wolfram Schlenker is among scholars who found that some African nations, after years of progress on food security, have seen sharp reversals.

Aug 11 2021
State of the Planet