Resources for the Future (RFF)

Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC.

Its mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and engagement with policy processes through briefings, seminars, blogs, and other means. 

RFF is a widely trusted source of research insights and policy solutions for a healthy environment and a thriving economy. Its commitment to nonpartisan research and policy analysis means that RFF does not design or execute its efforts to benefit specific entities, and the organization prevents undue outside influence on its work.

RFF is committed to being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. Working to achieve this goal is essential to achieving their mission – it strengthens their organization, allows them to reach a broader audience, and positively impacts the greater community.

Although RFF is headquartered in Washington, DC, its research scope comprises programs in nations around the world. Founded in 1952, RFF became the first think tank devoted exclusively to natural resources and environmental issues.

RFF has pioneered the application of economics as a tool to develop more effective policies about the use and conservation of natural resources. Its scholars continue to analyze critical issues concerning pollution control, energy, and transportation policy, land and water use, hazardous waste, climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem management, health, and the environmental challenges of developing countries.


RFF researchers who are active in the EfD network:

Dallas Burtraw
Marc Hafstead
Alan Krupnick
Richard Morgenstern
Mike Toman

Contact information

1616 P St. NW
Washington DC