The University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleThe Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy

David Bjornstad

David Bjornstad, PhD Curriculum Vitae David Bjornstad

Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program



Energy Economics, Experimental and Behavioral Economics, Natural Resources and the Environment, Science and Technology, Applied Microeconomics


PhD, Economics, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 1973

MA, Economics, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 1972

BA, Economics, Minnesota State University (Moorhead), 1969


Contact Information:

T: 865.974.0931

Cell:  865.250.2642


David J. Bjornstad is a Distinguished R&D staff member at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Senior 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. He has published over one hundred papers and articles dealing with these and related topics, applying the tools of economics and interdisciplinary behavioral studies. A principal theme in this work is to frame real-world policy issues to be amenable to analysis by diverse research teams, mixing fundamental theory with innovative data collection techniques.

Dr. Bjornstad’s current work at ORNL deals 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. At the Baker Center, Bjornstad is helping to develop an interdisciplinary energy and environmental research program. He is also working with UT economists to develop and integrate state-of-the-art behavioral economics insights into the Baker Center’s research program.

Earlier in his career, Bjornstad served as Economics staff director for former Secretary of Energy, James Watkins’ Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. Prior and subsequent to that, he held a number of administrative and leadership positions at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and taught part-time at nearby universities.


Selected Publications:

“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 in Federal 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.


The Contingent Valuation of Environmental Resources: Methodological Issues and Research Needs, with James Kahn, 1996, Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd. (ed.).