Remembering Dr. Stephen P. A. Brown


May 15, 2020

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Press Release

Resources for the Future (RFF) staff are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of University of Nevada, Las Vegas professor and RFF University Fellow Stephen P. A. Brown.

Dr. Brown was an internationally respected energy and environmental economist and a cherished member of the RFF community. He served as a nonresident fellow at RFF in 2009, as co-director of RFF’s Center for Energy Economics and Policy in 2010, and subsequently as an RFF University Fellow, contributing his incisive analysis and expertise to numerous RFF issue briefs, reports, and other research publications.

Dr. Brown spent nearly three decades with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and recently became Editor-in-Chief of the journal Energy Policy.

RFF President and CEO Dr. Richard G. Newell wrote, “This is exceptionally sad news. Steve was a steadfast RFF collaborator and treasured University Fellow, with whom many of us at RFF had the privilege to work with. We extend our deepest sympathies to Steve's family and friends, and in particular to his wife Susan, at this very difficult time.”

In a eulogy to Dr. Brown on Common Resources, Alan Krupnick wrote: “Productive, communicative, engaged, thoughtful, introspective—Steve was a treasure to the energy economics field and as a friend and colleague. He will be mightily missed.”

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