Sound energy policy is an essential foundation for economic growth. In order to provide that foundation, the United States and global economies must balance cheap, clean, and secure energy while relying extensively on markets. The Mosbacher Institute is therefore committed to identifying well-founded energy policies and practices.
As the world becomes even more interdependent, policymakers need serious answers to big questions about energy options. The Mosbacher Institute’s Program in Energy in a Global Economy takes a fact-based, economic approach to comparing the world’s energy options, calculating the true costs of energy, and encouraging the coordination of global policy responses to energy security. The Energy Program offers new knowledge for designing effective policy responses to the world’s energy challenges by studying and analyzing such issues as:
The Energy Program contributes to the publication of the Mosbacher Institute’s policy brief, The Takeaway, which share results of new policy research on these and other cutting-edge energy issues. The Takeaway offers concise, non-technical analysis; thoughtful policy discussion; and practical recommendations on the key issues facing decision makers.
The Energy 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 energy experts from government, the private sector, academe, and non-governmental organizations. The program also spearheads and organizes “Capstone Projects” for Bush School students, promoting hands-on training in evaluating domestic policies and programs. The Energy Program has worked with a number of students to publish their own The Takeaway briefs based on their capstone research.
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.