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David Bjornstad

Fellow, Energy and Environmental Policy Program; Research of Economics Professor

PhD, Economics, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University

David J. Bjornstad is a retired Distinguished R&D staff member at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Fellow for Energy and Environmental Policy at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, and Research Professor of Economics at the University of Tennessee. His professional interests center on policy studies to foster technological change that stimulates energy efficiency and environmental integrity through sustainable business practices and lifestyles. Dr. Bjornstad’s work at ORNL dealt with understanding how science and technology research organizations could better make available their technical findings to downstream users and ultimately to the market, with special reference to the role of intellectual property rights. He is also preparing “need for power” and “benefit-cost” analyses for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Environmental Impact Statement process.

Research Interests: Energy Economics, Experimental and Behavioral Economics, Natural Resources and the Environment, Applied Microeconomics


“Adding to the Mix: Integrating ELSI into a National Nanoscience and Technology Center” with Amy Wolfe, Science and Engineering Ethics, 2011, 17:743-760.

“EIS No. 20100312 EIS Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant Units 3 and 4.” Chapters 8 and 10.6, vol. 1-2, published inFederal Register vol. 75, no. 156, August 13, 2010, p. 49487.

“Patent Pools as a Solution to Efficient Licensing of Complementary Patents: Some Experimental Evidence” with Rudy Santore, and Michael McKee, Journal of Law and Economics, 2010, 53(1), pp.167-184.

“It’s Like Deja-Vu All over Again: Anticipating Societal Response to Nanotechnologies,” with Amy Wolfe, in What Can Nanotechnology Learn From Biotechnology? Social and Ethical Lessons for Nanoscience from the Debate over Agrifood Biotechnology and GMOs, 2010, Academic: Burlington, MA, pp. 157–172.

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