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Peter R. Hartley

Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar | George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics


Peter R. Hartley, Ph.D., is the George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics at Rice University and a Rice faculty 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.

Contact at hartley@rice.edu or 713-348-4683.