Title: Fellow in Energy and Global Oil
Office Phone: (713) 348-2217
Mark Finley is the fellow in energy and global oil at Rice University's Baker Institute. He has 35 years of experience working at the intersections of energy, economics and public policy.
Before joining the Baker Institute, Finley was the senior U.S. economist at BP. For 12 years, he led the production of the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, the world’s longest-running compilation of objective global energy data. He also was responsible for the company’s long- and short-term oil market analysis, and he led the global oil market and transportation sector analyses for the long-term BP Energy Outlook.
Prior to joining BP, Finley was an analyst and manager at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. He was responsible for assessing the implications for U.S. strategic interests of developments in global oil and other energy markets, as well as analyzing the policies of key oil-producing and -consuming countries. He was recognized for exceptional analytic performance many times, including for oil market analysis during 1990-91 Gulf War. Finley also edited a daily intelligence summary for Cabinet-level U.S. economic policymakers as well as the president’s daily brief, and regularly briefed these summaries and other analysis to senior U.S. officials.
Finley is a senior fellow of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, and has been recognized for his lifetime contributions to the profession of energy economics. He has held leadership roles in the International Association for Energy Economics, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Conference of Business Economics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and he sits on the external advisory board of the University of Michigan Energy Institute. Finley is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan and holds graduate degrees from Northwestern University (in economics) and the George Washington University (in finance).
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my research and publications
- 11/10/2020 - Why Have U.S. Natural Gas Prices Increased?
- 10/27/2020 - The Future Of Oil Companies
- 10/06/2020 - Refreshing Global Energy Security Policy and Infrastructure for the Energy Transition
- 08/31/2020 - A Comeback for U.S. Shale? Probably Not.
- 07/27/2020 - How OPEC Shook Off Historic Losses, Steadied Oil Prices
- 07/14/2020 - When Saudi Arabia says ‘Jump!’ OPEC Responds ‘How High?’
- 06/19/2020 - Shock Finding: China is the World's Biggest Energy Producer
- 06/09/2020 - As Big Oil Job Cuts Mount, Think About the Workers
- 05/07/2020 - Oil Suppliers Ask: Is the Worst Behind Us? Maybe ... but Maybe Not
- 04/12/2020 - Free-market competition is one of the greatest strengths of the U.S. oil industry
- 04/12/2020 - The Best and Worst of Times Each Require Competitive Resolve for the Oil and Gas Industry
- 04/05/2020 - Price War and Pandemic: The Oil Market Reaction
- 04/02/2020 - Support an oil and gas industry in trouble by believing in competition
- 03/30/2020 - U.S.-Saudi Oil Alliance Inadvisable
- 03/09/2020 - A user's guide for the oil price war
- 02/27/2020 - Climate change, the energy sector and financial risk
- 01/09/2020 - Could Iran reprisals bring back $100 oil?
- 12/12/2019 - The Bigger Picture Behind Aramco IPO
- 11/25/2019 - Energy Security and the Energy Transition: A Classic Framework for a New Challenge
- 10/29/2019 - The US Response to Saudi Oil Attacks
- 09/17/2019 - Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities Cast a Huge Shadow of Uncertainty on the Oil Market