Professor of Business Economics
Fellow of Sidney Sussex College
MA (University of Cambridge), MPhil, DPhil (University of Oxford)
My research interests include industrial economics, privatisation and regulation of utilities, energy economics, the measurement of productive efficiency, and the relationship between Christian ethics and best practice business behaviour. I’ve advised the UK Competition Commission, the New Zealand Commerce Commission, Ofgem, Ofwat, the DTI, the World Bank, and the European Commission.
I’m Head of the Economics & Policy subject group at Cambridge Judge Business School, which analyses how economics can improve growth, business performance, and environmental outcomes.
News and insights
Professor Michael Pollitt of Cambridge Judge Business School has written extensively on faith and climate policy. He says climate-change campaigners get it wrong by using ‘apocalyptic’ language of hell rather than a positive message of change.
British taxpayers ‘deserve an accounting’ of energy cap spending including whether it stimulates long-term UK energy investment, says new paper from Energy Policy Research Group at Cambridge Judge Business School.
Express | 23 September 2022
Cambridge Judge Business School is featured in this Express article about the Energy Price Guarantee. It focuses on a new paper by the Energy Policy Research Group at CJBS ( co-authored by Michael Pollitt and David Reiner) which says taxpayers should be given transparency over who is benefitting from the energy cap, and whether these “war-time profits” are stimulating long term investment in the UK energy sector.
Michael Pollitt, Professor of Business Economics at Cambridge Judge Business School, discusses future electricity system operation model in the UK.
Michael Pollitt, Professor of Business Economics at Cambridge Judge Business School, comments on EU decarbonisation policy. “We are reaching the point where the costs of decarbonisation cannot be hidden. The reason many are concerned about the ETS is that it makes this cost explicit – it is a direct price on polluting,” says Pollitt, who supports the expansion of the system as a way to “massively help increase the credibility of the net zero policy.”
The Telegraph, 19 May 202
Green energy drive puts Britain’s resilience in doubt
New Europe, 16 March 2021
Europe must decarbonise three times faster to achieve net zero emissions by 2050
Montel, 11 February 2021
Critics scorn proposals to extend ETS to heating, transport
The Guardian, 5 February 2021
UK’s green plan offers mixed hopes for post-Covid-19 jobs boom
The Fifth Estate, 27 January 2021
The UK’s emissions trading scheme could outstrip Europe’s as the world wakes up
The Conversation, 26 November 2019
Labour plan to renationalise the UK energy networks is a bad idea – business economist
Euractiv, 13 September 2018
Capacity mechanisms reform – key issues to watch
Euractiv, 11 September 2018
Academic: Fossil fuel back-ups ‘may be the price to pay’ for renewables