Clean Technology 2009
Peter Hartley

Peter Hartley

Professor
Rice University

Peter Hartley is the George and Cynthia Mitchell professor of economics, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy Rice Scholar in energy policy and Academic Director of the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University. He is also a member of the governing Council of the US Association for Energy Economics. Hartley has worked for almost 30 years on energy economics issues, focusing originally on electricity, but including also work on natural gas, oil, coal, nuclear and renewables. He wrote on reform of the electricity supply industry in Australia throughout the 1980s and early 1990s and advised the government of Victoria when it completed the acclaimed privatization and reform of the electricity industry in that state in 1989. Hartley has published many academic and policy papers and books not only on energy and environmental issues but also on theoretical and applied issues in money and banking, business cycles and international finance. In 1974, he completed an honors degree at the Australian National University, majoring in mathematics. He worked for the Priorities Review Staff, and later the Economic Division, of the Prime Minister’s Department in the Australian government while completing a master’s degree in economics at the Australian National University in 1977. Hartley obtained a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Chicago in 1980. He came to Rice as an Associate Professor of Economics in 1986 after serving as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University from 1980-86. He has consulting experience with firms in the energy and infrastructure development sectors, government organizations and think tanks.

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