Researcher Profile

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Brian C. Prest

Postdoctoral Fellow

Topics of Interest

Brian Prest is an economist at Resources for the Future specializing in environmental and energy economics. Prest specializes in using econometric tools to understand energy supply dynamics and improve the design of environmental policies. His current work considers the implications of the shale revolution for oil and gas markets, intertemporal dynamics of market-based environmental policy under policy uncertainty, and the conditions under which consumers respond to time-of-use electricity pricing.

Prior to joining RFF, Prest earned his Ph.D. at Duke University, as well as worked in both the public and private sectors. At the Congressional Budget Office, he developed economic models of various energy sectors and cap-and-trade markets to analyze the implications of alternative policy designs. At NERA Economic Consulting, he conducted electricity market modeling, project valuation, and discounted cash flow analysis of various infrastructure investments in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia, with a focus on the power sector.

Prest is in RFF’s Energy and Climate Program.


PhD in energy and environmental economics, Duke University, 2018 
BA in economics, Williams College, 2009

Recent Work

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