Jasmin Ansar Mills College

Education  |  Courses Taught  |  Biography | Professional Experience | Publications

  • PhD, University of Southampton, England, UK
  • Dip/MSc, University of Southampton, England, UK
  • BA, Honors, Sussex University, England, UK

Courses Taught

  • ECON 153/MGMT 253: Environmental Economics
  • MGMT 282: Modeling and Data Analysis

Jasmin Ansar is an economist with the Climate program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. The focus of her work is designing and advocating for effective global warming policies with particular emphasis on proposals currently being reviewed in California and as part of the Western Climate Initiative.

Prior to joining UCS, Dr. Ansar was a Professor for ten years in England and taught Econometrics and Economics at the City University, London. She spent a year at Purdue University as a visiting Professor and then spent the next twenty years as an Economist and Strategic Planner in the Energy sector working on regulatory reform initiatives, energy efficiency and environmental policy. She is also an adjunct Professor at the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business, Mills College, Oakland.

Dr. Ansar has a PhD in Economics from the University of Southampton, England, a Diploma/MSc in Econometrics and Economics from the University of Southampton, England and a BA in Economics with Mathematics from Sussex University, England.

Professional Experience

Academic Employment

2000–Present, Visiting Assistant Professor, MBA Program and Economics Department, Mills College, Oakland, California.

1994–1999, Visiting Assistant Professor, Network Program, Mills College, Oakland, California

1990–1991, Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods, MBA Program, St. Mary's College, Moraga, California.

1987–1988, Visiting Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

1978–1987, Associate Professor, Economics and Econometrics, The City University, London, England.

1985–1986, Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Non-Academic Employment

Consultant for Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc, 2013
Increasing Market Competition to Reduce the Level and Variability of Transportation Fuel Prices: A Case Study on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. September 2013

Union of Concerned Scientists, June 2009-2013, Climate Economist.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, 1988–2009

    Principal, Customer Energy Efficiency, 2008-2009
    Provided support to the AB 32 Team for all Energy Efficiency related issues. Lead PG&E’s efforts in the development of long-term Energy Efficiency goals.
    Environmental Policy Department, Manager, 2006–2008
    Provided support for the Climatesmart proceedings; managed the certification of GHG emissions at the California Climate Action Registry, and developed testimony for the Long Term Plan. Oversaw the development of environmental materials for the PG&E internet site, for the environmental brochure, and for environmental justice analyses. Managed a group with responsibilities for environmental communications, GHG emissions certification and storm water training and management.
    Operations Revenue Requirement Department, Manager, 1996–2006
    Project Manager for Standard Market Design NOPR at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Developed testimony on productivity, performance benchmarks and PG&E's cost performance for the California Public Utilities Commission. Directed a section with responsibilities for developing forecasts of sales, customers and revenues for various regulatory filings.
    Strategic Planning Department, Principal, 1994–1996
    Developed inputs for strategic plans and management presentations. Project manager for PG&E's Performance Based Ratemaking filings.
    Manager of Operations Research, Gas Supply, 1993–1994
    Directed the development and implementation of Gas Integrated Resource Planning efforts in Gas Supply. Directed the short-term winter operations planning efforts for Gas Supply.

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Ansar, J, Sparks, R, Aslin, R, "Social Discounting for Energy Efficiency Projects”: submitted to Energy Policy, 2012

Ansar, J, Sparks, R, "The Experience Curve, Option Value and the Energy Paradox":, Energy Policy, 2009

Ansar, J., "Report on Total Factor Productivity," Chapters 1 and 5 (with R. Sparks), Exhibit PG&E-5, Pacific Gas and Electric Company General Rate Case, 1999 Test year.

Ansar, J , Cantor, P , Sparks, R, "Efficiency Wages and the Regulated Firm":, Journal of Regulatory Economics, January 1997

Ansar, J., "Inflation, System Growth and Productivity," Chapter 5, Regulatory Reform Initiative, Pacific Gas and Electric Company Application No. 94-03-008.

Ansar, J., "Worker Productivity," Chapter 8, Rebuttal Testimony, Pacific Gas and Electric Company General Rate Case, 1993 Test year.

Ansar, J., "Report on Total Factor Productivity," Chapter 2, Exhibit PG&E-2, Pacific Gas and Electric Company General Rate Case, 1993 Test year.

Ansar, J., "Report on Total Factor Productivity," Chapter 2, Exhibit PG&E-2, Pacific Gas and Electric Company General Rate Case, 1990 Test year.

Ansar, J., "Multifactor Productivity Growth: Empirical Results for a Major United States Utility,", Journal of Regulatory Economics, September 1990.

Ansar, J., Ingham, A., Toker, M., and Ulph, A. "A Vintage Model of Labor Demand by UK Manufacturing," Unemployment in Europe, Joan Muysken and Chris De Neubourg (eds.), Macmillan London, 1989.

Ansar, J., Ingham, A., Leon, H., Toker, M., and Ulph, A. "Demand for Energy and Capacity Utilization in a Vintage Model of UK Manufacturing," Working Below Capacity, D. Bosworth and D. Heathfield (eds.), Macmillan London, 1988.

Ansar, J., Ingham, A., Leon, H., Toker, M., and Ulph, A. "A Vintage Model of Demand for Energy in the UK Manufacturing Sector," Final Report for the UK Department of Energy, 1986.

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