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Adam Rose

Director Emeritus
Senior Research Fellow


Research Professor
Sol Price School of Public Policy


Dr. Adam Rose is a Research Professor in the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy and a Senior Research Fellow at CREATE. He is also a Senior Fellow of USC’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and a Fellow of USC’s Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy. Previously, he held faculty and department chair positions in applied economics departments at The Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University, as well as a faculty position in economics at the University of California, Riverside. He received his PhD in economics from Cornell University, but has worked on interdisciplinary topics throughout most of his career. 

Professor Rose’s primary research interest is the economics of disasters.  He has spearheaded the development of CREATE’s comprehensive economic consequence analysis framework and has done pioneering research on resilience at the level of the individual business/household, market/industry and regional/national economy.  He has also completed dozens of case studies of disaster consequences, resilience and recovery, including the September 11 terrorist attacks.  

Professor Rose is currently the PI of a contract from the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) to measure the cost-effectiveness of static economic resilience with an application to SuperStorm Sandy and Hurricane Harvey, as well as to develop a Business Resilience Calculator decision-support software tool.  He is completing a second study for the Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency (CAOE) on the economic consequences of COVID-19 and also recently completed a study for the CDC on the economic impact of contact tracing for international travelers. He is the lead PI on a multi-university DOD Minerva Grant on Economic Viability, Resilience, and Sustainability of Logistics Systems in Post-Conflict Zones. He is also doing research on the economics of cyber security, population migration in the aftermath of disasters, spillover effects of terrorism countermeasures at soft-target sites (stadiums, convention centers, shopping malls) on their business environment.  

Professor Rose recently served as the PI on an NSF grant to measure dynamic economic resilience to disasters and headed a study for FEMA that analyzed a deductible/credit system for its Public Assistance Program.  He also recently served as an advisor to the United Nations Development Programme on disaster resilience and to the World Bank on financing disaster risk management.

His other major research area is the economics of energy and climate change policy.  As a consultant to the United Nations, he played a major role in the development of the first proposal for a system of globally tradable emission allowances, presented at the Rio Earth Summit.  He is currently working on policy design and burden-sharing aspects of the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement to mitigate greenhouse gases.  He has also advised government agencies in several U.S. states and regions on the development of cap & trade programs and has advised several states and Baja Mexico on the employment impacts of climate action plans.  

Professor Rose has done pioneering research on the aggregate and distributional impacts of climate mitigation policy by advancing methodologies in both computable general equilibrium and macroeconometric modeling.  He has also evaluated the economic impacts of twenty major energy technologies, including both fossil fuels and renewables. Most recently, he completed a study on the economic benefits of offshore wind energy in California.

Professor Rose is the author of several books and 250 professional papers, including most recently Defining and Measuring Economic Resilience from a Societal, Environmental and Security Perspective (Springer), The Economic Consequence Analysis Tool (Springer), and The Economics of Climate Change Policy (Elgar).  He has been appointed to the editorial boards of Economics of Natural Disasters and Climate Change, Natural Hazards Review, Environmental Hazards, Journal of Integrated Disaster Risk Management, International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, The Energy Journal, Resource and Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Pacific and Asian Journal of Energy, Journal of Sustainable Energy Engineering, Resource Policy, and Journal of Regional Science.

Professor Rose has served as the American Economic Association Representative to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council and of the Advisory Board of the Center for National Policy Resilience Forum. He was recently elected President of the International Society for Integrated Risk Management (IDRiM) and served for many years on its Board of Directors.  He is the recipient of the IDRiM Distinguished Research Award, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, East-West Center Fellowship, American Planning Association Outstanding Program Planning Honor Award, Applied Technology Council Outstanding Achievement Award, Regional Economic Models Outstanding Economic Analysis Award, DHS/CREATE Transition Product of the Year Award, Sir Richard Stone Best Paper Prize, and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis Outstanding Article Award.  He is also an elected Fellow of the Regional Science Association International.



  1. 1974

    Ph.D. Economics

    Cornell University
  2. 1972

    M.A. Economics

    Cornell University
  3. 1970

    B.A. Economics

    University of Utah

Professional Appointments

  1. 2019-2021
  2. 2007-Present
    Research Professor
    Sol Price School of Public Policy
  3. 1988-2007
    The Pennsylvania State University
  4. 1981-1988
    Associate Professor and Professor
    West Virginia University

Awards & Prizes

  • 2019
    Outstanding Article of 2019
    Journal of Benefit Cost Analysis (with S. Farrow)
  • 2019
    Outstanding Reviewer Award
    Natural Hazards Review
  • 2017-
    International Fellow
    Regional Science Association
  • 2017-20
    International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management
  • 2017
    Sir Richard Stone Prize of the international Input-Output Association for the Best Article in 2013-2014 (with D. Wei)
    Economic Systems Research
  • 2015
    Distinguished Research Award
    International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management
  • 2015
    Transition Project of the Year Award (Research Team Leader)
    Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events
  • 2012
    George Treyz Excellence in Economic Analysis Award (with D. Wei and N. Dormady)
    Regional Economic Models, Inc.
  • 2006
    Award for Outstanding Achievement (Research Team Leader)
    Applied Technology Council
  • 2006-07
    Provost’s Scholar, Future Fuels and Energy Initiative
    University of Southern California
  • 2003-04
    East-West Center
  • 2003
    Special Service Recognition Award
    Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • 1993 & 1996
    University Provost's Award for Collaborative Instruction and Curricular Innovation (Teaching Team Member)
    Penn State
  • 1983
    Outstanding Planning Program Honor Award (Research Team Leader)
    American Planning Association