We believe that sound energy policy is an essential foundation for economic growth, and that the US and global economies must balance cheap, clean, and secure energy while relying extensively on markets. The Mosbacher Institute’s Program in Energy in a Global Economy takes a fact-based, economic approach to comparing the world’s energy options, sizing up the true costs of energy, and encouraging the coordination of global policy responses to energy security.
As the world becomes even more interdependent, we need serious answers to big questions about energy options. The Energy Program offers new knowledge for designing effective policy responses to the world’s energy challenges by studying and analyzing such questions as:
The Energy Program produces policy briefs sharing results of new policy research on these and other cutting-edge energy issues. The Program also develops learning and training opportunities to inspire young leaders, particularly those in the “energy, environment, and technology” concentration within the Bush School of Government and Public Service. For example, the Program sponsors campus visits by well-known experts from government, the private sector, academe, and non-governmental organizations.
To date, Program activities have largely been achieved with start-up funding from internal sources. Additional funding will help the Energy Program not only to sustain existing work, but also to achieve its goals of offering faculty and student research awards to promote groundbreaking research on energy markets and energy security; hosting periodic academic public policy conferences focused on the energy challenges of the global economy; and sponsoring an energy internship program for students to gain practical, real-world experience.
Faculty Coordinator: James M. Griffin holds a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania ('70) and an undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist in economics and mathematics. Griffin's research on energy policy and the effects of technological change on various industries has been published in numerous scholarly articles and books, and he co-authored the leading textbook in his field. He serves on the editorial boards of three journals specializing in energy economics. Most recently, he wrote A Smart Energy Policy: An Economist's Rx for Balancing Cheap, Clean, and Secure Energy published by Yale University Press. Griffin has also had considerable experience as a consultant on antitrust and regulatory matters.
James M. Griffin, Faculty Coordinator
Program in Energy