Tim Brennan

Senior Fellow

Tim Brennan is a senior fellow at RFF and professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's School of Public Policy. He has been a staff economist with the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and a non-resident adviser to the Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics. He has served as the senior economist for industrial organization and regulation with the White House Council of Economic Advisers and chief economist at the Federal Communications Commission. He has also held the T.D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics at the Canadian Competition Bureau.

His primary research interests are regulatory economics and competition policy, with applications to the electricity, telecommunications, and postal sectors. He has over 140 articles and chapters in academic journals and books. His recent energy-related work for RFF has included analyses of utility control of customer electricity use and tensions between generation competition and long-run transmission planning. He holds a master’s degree in mathematics and a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


  • PhD in economics, University of Wisconsin, 1978
  • MA in mathematics, University of Wisconsin, 1975
  • BA in mathematics, University of Maryland, 1973

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