Peter Hartley, Ph.D., is the George and Cynthia Mitchell Professor of Economics, and a Rice Scholar in Energy Studies in the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is also the BHP Billiton Chair in the Business of Resources in the Business School at the University of Western Australia. He is past President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) and was the President of the US Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) in 2012.
Hartley completed a first class honors degree in mathematics in 1974, and a Masters Degree in Economics in 1977, at the Australian National University. From 1975-77, he worked for the Priorities Review Staff and the Economic Division of the Prime Minister’s Department in the Australian Government. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1980. From 1980 to 1986 he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University. He has been at Rice University since 1986.
Hartley has held visiting positions at Monash University, the University of Melbourne, and the Australian National University in addition to the University of Western Australia. He has also worked for public policy think tanks including the Tasman Institute in Melbourne where, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he helped advise the Victorian Opposition and later State Government on their acclaimed privatization and reform of the electricity supply industry in that state.
Hartley’s research and publications have covered a number of areas of economics. He has worked on energy economics issues for more than 35 years, and over the last 15 years he has focused solely on energy economics and policy.