Brian C. Prest


Fellow, Resources for the Future

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I am an economist and Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF), specializing in energy and environmental economics and policy. I use econometric tools and economic theory to study environmental policy, the changing nature of energy markets, and the interrelationships between them. My recent work considers the implications of the shale revolution for oil and gas markets, climate policy, intertemporal dynamics of market-based environmental policy, among others. Ongoing work includes improving the empirical basis underlying the social cost of carbon, as well as evaluating US energy policies.

Before joining RFF, I earned my Ph.D. at Duke University, before which I worked in both the public sector (at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)) and private sector (at NERA Economic Consulting). At CBO, I developed energy-economic models to analyze the implications of energy and environmental policies, including the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill and renewable electricity standards. At NERA, I conducted electricity market modeling, project valuation, and discounted cash flow analysis of energy and infrastructure investments in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia.