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Timothy J. Brennan
Senior Fellow
202-328-5084
brennan@rff.org
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PROFILE
Tim Brennan focuses on public policies involving monopolies and market power, and on assessing methods for policy evaluation. He looks particularly at issues associated with restructuring the electricity sector and opening electricity utilities and markets to competition. Specific topics in recent publications include real-time pricing, climate change, network effects, decoupling electricity revenues from use, energy conservation policy, and space launch risk.

His current research examines rationales for energy efficiency policies, the limits of cost-benefit analysis in climate policy, and the role of behavioral economics in energy and environmental policy. He has been co-author of two books on the deregulation of electricity markets and has analyzed constitutional requirements for compensation for public use of private land. He has studied privacy and environmental law enforcement related to remote-sensing satellites and is working on the roles of prizes in technological innovation and on assessing liability rules for space launches. Brennan also addresses issues in antitrust law, telecommunications policy, copyright, and the philosophy of economics. He has presented his research to numerous government, professional, and academic institutions in the U.S. and internationally, including Austria, Australia, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden, and Uzbekistan. 
Featured Publications
Catalysts for Conservation: Exploring Behavioral Science Insights for Natural Resource Investments
P. Lynn Scarlett, James W. Boyd, Anna Brittain, Leonard A. Shabman, Timothy J. Brennan
RFF Report | September 2013
 
The Best of Common Resources
Nathan Richardson, Alan J. Krupnick, Daniel F. Morris, Hal Gordon, Clayton Munnings, Heather L. Ross, Raymond J. Kopp, Timothy J. Brennan, Margaret A. Walls, James W. Boyd
Resources | 2013 (Digital Issue)
 
Considering a US Carbon Tax: Frequently Asked Questions
Joseph E. Aldy, Timothy J. Brennan, Dallas Burtraw, Jared Carbone, Carolyn Fischer, Robert Kopp, Molly K. Macauley, Richard D. Morgenstern, Daniel F. Morris, Karen L. Palmer, Anthony Paul, Nathan Richardson, Roberton C. Williams III
Resources | 2013 (Digital Issue)
 
Holding Distribution Utilities Liable for Outage Costs: An Economic Look
Timothy J. Brennan
RFF Discussion Paper 13-16 | July 2013
 
Inside RFF: A Look at What's Happening
Timothy J. Brennan, P. Lynn Scarlett, Molly K. Macauley
Resources | 2013 (183)
 
Inside RFF
Jintao Xu, Karen L. Palmer, Sheila M. Olmstead, Richard D. Morgenstern, Allen Blackman, Juha V. Siikamäki, Timothy J. Brennan, P. Lynn Scarlett, James N. Sanchirico, Yusuke Kuwayama , Antung Anthony Liu, C. Boyden Gray
Resources | 2013 (182)
 
Prizes, Patents and Technology Procurement: A Proposed Analytical Framework
Timothy J. Brennan, Molly K. Macauley, Kate Whitefoot
RFF Discussion Paper 11-21-REV | December 2012
 
Putting a Floor on Energy Savings: Comparing State Energy Efficiency Resource Standards
Karen L. Palmer, Samuel Grausz, Blair Beasley, Timothy J. Brennan
RFF Discussion Paper 12-11 | February 2012
 
Energy Efficiency Resource Standards: Economics and Policy
Timothy J. Brennan, Karen L. Palmer
RFF Discussion Paper 12-10 | February 2012
 
The Supply Chain and Industrial Organization of Rare Earth Materials: Implications for the U.S. Wind Energy Sector
Jhih-Shyang Shih, Joshua Linn, Timothy J. Brennan, Joel Darmstadter, Molly K. Macauley, Louis Preonas
RFF Report | February 2012
 
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SELECTED PRESENTATIONS
Challenges in Deregulating Electricity: Drawing the Right Lessons from California
Timothy J. Brennan
EPCOR Distinguished Lecture | University of Alberta, School of Business, Center for Applied Business Research in Energy and the Environment | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | October 4, 2001
 
Vertical Market Power As Oxymoron: Getting Convergence Mergers Right
Timothy J. Brennan
13th Western Conference in Advanced Regulatory Economics | Rutgers University Center For Research in Regulated Industries | San Diego, CA | June 28, 2001
 
To Squeeze or Not To Squeeze: Why Put Vertical Claims Into Horizontal Boxes
Timothy J. Brennan
Panel: "Raising Rivals" Costs: Should the Government Be Concerned? | Association for the Bar of the City of New York | New York, NY | April 19, 2001
 
Correcting Abuses of Dominance: Controlling Conduct and Altering Structure
Timothy J. Brennan
Symposium: Pyrrhic Victories: Reexamining the Effectiveness of Antitrust Remedies | George Washington University Law School | Washington, D.C. | March 23, 2001
 
U.S. Electricity Competition, 2000-01: Background and Lessons
Timothy J. Brennan
Efficiency and Fairness in the Competitive Economy | Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs | Washington, D.C. | March 19, 2001
 
The California Electricity Experience, 2000-01: Education or Diversion?
Timothy J. Brennan
McGee Lecture in Public Policy | Vanderbilt University, Owen School of Business | Nashville, TN | March 1, 2001
 
Implementing Electricity Competition: What Can We Learn From California?
Timothy J. Brennan
City University of New York, Baruch College, School of Public Affairs | New York, NY | February 9, 2001
 
Traditional Policy Analysis and the New Economy
Timothy J. Brennan
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management | Seattle, WA | November 2, 2000
 
Implementing Electricity Restructuring: Background, Issues, Controversies, and Assessment
Timothy J. Brennan
Pennsylvania State University, Department of Energy, Environmental and Mineral Economics | University Park, PA | October 27, 2000
 
Convergence Mergers as Horizontal Mergers: Why and How
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration | Washington, D.C. | October 24, 2000
 
Policy Federalism and Regulating Broadband Internet Access
Timothy J. Brennan
13th Western Conference in Advanced Regulatory Economics | Rutgers University Center For Research in Regulated Industries | Monterey, CA | July 7, 2000
 
Green Preferences as Environmental Policy
Timothy J. Brennan
19th Eastern Conference in Advanced Regulatory Economics | Rutgers University Center For Research in Regulated Industries | Bolton Landing, NY | May 25, 2000
 
Do Easy Cases Make Bad Law? Antitrust Innovation or Missed Opportunities in U.S. v. Microsoft
Timothy J. Brennan
Northwestern University | Evanston, IL | March 9, 2000
 
Implementing Electricity Competition: Policy Problems to Solve
Timothy J. Brennan
Efficiency and Fairness in the Competitive Economy Program | Brookings Institution, Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs | Washington, D.C. | March 7, 2000
 
Antitrust Policy: Theoretical Advances and Policy Cycles
Timothy J. Brennan
The World Bank | Washington, D.C. | November 17, 1999
 
Price Regulation and Privatization: The Case of Chile
Timothy J. Brennan
The World Bank | Washington, D.C. | November 12, 1999
 
Price Regulation: Received Insights and Recent Advances
Timothy J. Brennan
The World Bank | Washington, D.C. | November 12, 1999
 
Do Lower Prices for Polluting Goods Make Environmental Externalities Worse?
Timothy J. Brennan
12th Western Conference in Advanced Regulatory Economics | Rutgers University Center For Research in Regulated Industries | San Diego, CA | July 8, 1999
 
Current Controversies: The Who, What, When and Why of Electricity Restructuring
Timothy J. Brennan
Electricity Deregulation Symposium | Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro, TN | March 30, 1999
 
Vertical Excuses for Horizontal Practices: Should There Be Any Per Se Antitrust Rules?
Timothy J. Brennan
American Economic Association (AEA) Annual Meeting | AEA | New York, NY | January 5, 1999
 
Deregulatory Policy in Telecommunications: Quandary or Oxymoron?
Timothy J. Brennan
Cato Institute | Washington, D.C. | November 5, 1998
 
Promoting Telephone Competition: A Simpler Way?
Timothy J. Brennan
City University of New York, Baruch College, School of Public Affairs | New York, NY | February 8, 1999
 
Critical Issues in Electricity Restructuring: Lessons and Policy Implications of Emerging Markets in New England and Elsewhere
Timothy J. Brennan
Alliance for Competitive Electricity | U.S. Capitol | Washington, D.C. | July 27, 1998
 
Demand-Side Management Programs Under Retail Electricity Competition
Timothy J. Brennan
Private Participation in Infrastructure Group | The World Bank | Washington, D.C. | March 25, 1999
 
Privatization Scenarios and Policy Issues
Timothy J. Brennan
National Research Council, Helium Reserve Committee | Washington, D.C. | July 6, 1998
 
Looking Forward: The FCC and the Information Economy
Timothy J. Brennan
Regulation: Principles, Practice, and Opportunities for Reform | George Mason University | Washington, D.C. | June 19, 1998
 
The Clinton Administration's Competitive Electricity Competition Plan
Timothy J. Brennan
University of Calgary | Calgary, Alberta, Canada | May 8, 1998
 
Electricity: The Big Policy Shifts
Timothy J. Brennan
University of Maryland, Knight Center for Specialized Journalism | College Park, MD | February 16, 1998
 
Lessons of Governance Learned at the Council of Economic Advisers
Timothy J. Brennan
University of Calgary, Department of Economics | Calgary, Alberta, Canada | May 8, 1998
 
Antitrust and Regulation: The Interface in U.S. Telecommunications
Timothy J. Brennan
International Telecommunications Society | Calgary, Alberta, Canada | June 16, 1997
 
The Stranded Cost Debate in U.S. Electricity Deregulation
Timothy J. Brennan
Van Horne Institute | Calgary, Alberta, Canada | June 13, 1997
 
Electricity Restructuring and the U.S. Antitrust Laws
Timothy J. Brennan
TransAlta Corporation | Calgary, Alberta, Canada | June 13, 1997
 
Innovation Data for Public Policy
Timothy J. Brennan
National Research Council Workshop on Industrial Research and Innovation Indicators for Public Policy | National Academy of Sciences | Washington, D.C. | February 28, 1997
 
RBOC Entry into Long Distance Markets: Questions to Resolve
Timothy J. Brennan
Federal Communications Commission | Washington, D.C. | July 23, 1996
 
A Philosophical Assessment of Law and Economics: Policy Norms and Judicial Contexts
Timothy J. Brennan
Fünftes Travemünder Symposium zur Ökonomischen Analyse des Rechts | Travemünde, Germany | March 30, 1996
 
The Information Infrastructure Task Force White Paper: An Economic Perspective
Timothy J. Brennan
Conference on Property and Commons in the Age of Information | Virginia Polytechnic Institute | Blacksburg, VA | March 16, 1996
 
Technology and Coordination: Antitrust Implications of Remote Sensing Satellites
Timothy J. Brennan
Symposium: High Technology, Antitrust, and the Regulation of Competition | Harvard Law School | Cambridge, MA | March 9, 1996
 
Regulated Firms in Unregulated Markets
Timothy J. Brennan
Presented before Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications | Washington, D.C. | November 15, 1995
 
What's New In Industrial Organization?
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) | Annapolis, MD | September 14, 1995
 
ACCORD: An Internet Testbed Community for Coordinating Digital Technology and Academic Resource Development
Timothy J. Brennan and Mary Keeler
Interoperability and the Economics of Information Infrastructure Workshop | Freedom Forum | Rosslyn, VA | July 6, 1995
 
From Here to Eternity or Gone With the Wind: Does the Theory Behind U.S. v. AT&T Still Apply Today?
Timothy J. Brennan
14th Annual Eastern Workshop in Advanced Regulatory Economics | Newport, RI | May 26, 1995
 
Market Failure and Policy Failure
Timothy J. Brennan
U.S. Office of Technology Assessment | Washington, D.C. | February 15, 1995
 
The Economics of Regulation
Timothy J. Brennan
Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector | Washington, D.C. | September 1, 1994
 
U.S. v. AT&T
Timothy J. Brennan
Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector | Washington, D.C. | September 1, 1994
 
Game Theory and the First Amendment: Strategic Implications of Freedom of the Press
Timothy J. Brennan
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Joan Shorenstein Barone Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy | Cambridge, MA | March 14, 1994
 
Two Kinds of Commensurability
Timothy J. Brennan
American Economic Association/Association for Social Economics | Boston, MA | January 3, 1994
 
Market Competition: An Economic Analysis
Timothy J. Brennan
RBOC Regulatory Relief: Strategic Positioning for the Inevitable | Telestrategies, Inc. | Rosslyn, VA | September 2, 1993
 
The Economics of Regulation in Emerging Market Economies
Timothy J. Brennan
Seminar on Microeconomics: Regulation, Structure, and Pricing Decisions of Natural Monopolies | The World Bank Economic Development Institute/U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) | Vienna, Austria | July 5, 1993
 
Looking at Privatization
Timothy J. Brennan
Association of School Business Officials | Cockeysville, MD | January 1, 1992
 
Discrimination, in Theory, by Diversified Regulated Firms
Timothy J. Brennan
Telecommunications Policy Research Conference | Solomon's Island, MD | January 1, 1992
 
Comment: The Filière Électronique and Civil Society
Timothy J. Brennan
Columbia University, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information | New York, NY | January 1, 1992
 
First Amendment Rights and Property Rights
Timothy J. Brennan
University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication | Los Angeles, CA | October 31, 1991
 
Whither the Tunney Act: Remarks on Judge Greene's Ruling to Lift the Line-of-Business Restriction on BOC Offering of Information Services
Timothy J. Brennan
Columbia University, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information | New York, NY | January 1, 1991
 
Markets, Information, and Virtue
Timothy J. Brennan
Western Social Science Association (WSSA) Meetings | WSSA | Sparks, NV | January 1, 1991
 
Economic Perspectives on the First Amendment
Timothy J. Brennan
Freedom of Expression Past, Present and Future | The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wyeth School of Law | Williamsburg, VA | January 1, 1991
 
Social Moral Hazard: Technology, Paternalism, and Choice
Timothy J. Brennan
George Mason University, Department of Economics | Fairfax, VA | January 1, 1990
 
Rights as Inalienable
Timothy J. Brennan
University of Maryland School of Law | Baltimore, MD | January 1, 1990
 
Value of Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications
Ramanan Laxminarayan, Molly Maculey
Value of Information: Methodological Frontiers and New Applications | Resources for the Future | June 28, 2010
 
  
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