Robert Idel is a graduate fellow at the Baker Institute's Center for Energy Studies and is currently completing his Ph.D. in economics at Rice University. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Mannheim in Germany. Prior to joining the Baker Institute, he worked as a consultant focused on large scale negotiations and auction designs in Munich and London. His main research interests at the Center for Energy Studies are electricity markets and market design theory.