The Energy Economics group undertakes research on a wide range of prominent energy and environmental problems. One of the topics is petroleum economics, examining commodity pricing and volatility, strategies of energy companies, fiscal policy and taxation in the extractive industries, risk management and hedging strategy, and competition and regulation of energy industries.  Another area of research focuses on the economics of renewable energy and its impact on local wages, employment, and taxes.  With respect to environmental economics, studies have examined toxic-release firm locations and the effects of natural hazards on regional economic issues. Finally, we are also interested in examining emerging nations’ energy policies and their impact on natural resource development and sustainability. 

Many of our faculty have professional experience in the energy sector, drawing on cognate fields in microeconomics, industrial organization, and numerical methods; linking academia, industry, consulting, and technology; and living and working in Western Europe, North America, and the Asia-Pacific region. 

The group publishes in major academic journals such as American Economic Review, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Ecological Economics, Economic Inquiry, Energy Economics, Energy Journal, Energy Policy, and Journal of Industrial Economics. 


Ariel Bergmann

Rafael Macatangay

Rafael Macatangay 


Xiaoyi Mu


Anita Schiller