Peter R. Hartley, Ph.D., is the George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair and a professor of economics at Rice University. He is also a Rice scholar of energy economics for the Baker Institute. Hartley has worked for more than 25 years on energy economics issues, focusing originally on electricity, but also including work on natural gas, oil, coal, nuclear and renewable energy. 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. Apart from energy and environmental economics, Hartley has published research on theoretical and applied issues in money and banking, business cycles and international finance. He worked for the Priorities Review Staff, and later the Economic Division, of the Prime Minister’s Department in the Australian government. 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 to 1986. Hartley completed an honors degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in economics at The Australian National University. He obtained a Ph.D. in economics at The University of Chicago.v
Ronald Soligo is a professor emeritus of economics at Rice University and a Rice scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. His research focuses on economic growth and development and energy economics. Soligo was awarded the 2001 Best Paper Prize from the International Association for Energy Economics for his co-authored paper with Kenneth B. Medlock III, “Economic Development and End-Use Energy Demand” (Energy Journal, April 2001). Other recently published articles include “State-Backed Financing in Oil and Gas Projects,” with Amy Myers Jaffe in “Global Energy Governance: The New Rules of the Game,” eds. Andreas Goldthau and Jan Martin Witte (Brookings Press, 2010); “The United States, Cuba Sanctions and the Potential for Energy Trade,” with Amy Myers Jaffe in “9 Ways To Talk To Cuba & For Cuba To Talk To US” (The Center for Democracy in the Americas, 2009); “The Militarization of Energy—The Russian Connection,” with Amy Myers Jaffe in “Energy Security and Global Politics: The Militarization of Resource Management,” eds. Daniel Moran and James Russell (Routledge 2008); “Market Structure in the New Gas Economy: Is Cartelization Possible?” with Amy Myers Jaffe in “Natural Gas and Geopolitics: From 1970 to 2040” (Oxford University Press, 2006); “The Role of Inventories in Oil Market Stability,” with Amy Myers Jaffe (Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 2002); “Automobile Ownership and Economic Development: Forecasting Passenger Vehicle Demand to the Year 2015,” with Kenneth B. Medlock III (Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, May 2002); “The Economics of Pipeline Routes: The Conundrum of Oil Exports from the Caspian Basin,” with Amy Myers Jaffe in “Energy in the Caspian Region: Present and Future,” eds. Amy Myers Jaffe, Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Dov Lynch and Robin Sickles (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002); and “Potential Growth for U.S. Energy in Cuba,” with Amy Myers Jaffe (ASCE Volume 12 Proceedings, Cuba in Transition website). Soligo is currently working on issues regarding energy security and the politicization of energy supplies. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University.