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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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JOURNAL ARTICLES
Public-Private Co-Production of Risk: Government Indemnification of the Commercial Space Launch Industry
Tim Brennan, Carolyn Kousky, and Molly Macauley
Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy | 2010 | Vol. 1, Issue 1 | Article 7 | Related Discussion Paper 09-38
 
Political Economy and the Efficiency of Compensation for Takings
Timothy Brennan and James Boyd
Contemporary Economic Policy | 2006 | Vol. 24, No. 1 | pp. 188-202 | Related Discussion Paper 95-28
 
Should the Flamingo Fly? Using Competition Law to Limit the Scope of Postal Monopolies
Timothy J. Brennan
Antitrust Bulletin | 2005 | forthcoming
 
Green Preferences as Regulatory Policy Instrument
Timothy J. Brennan
Ecological Economics | 2005 | forthcoming
 
'Vertical Market Power' as Oxymoron: Horizontal Approaches to Vertical Antitrust
Timothy J. Brennan
George Mason Law Review | 2005 | forthcoming
 
Implementing Electricity Restructuring: Polices, Potholes and Prospects
Timothy Brennan, Karen Palmer, and Salvador Martinez
Environmental and Resource Economics | June 2002 | Vol. 22, Nos. 1 and 2 | pp. 99-132 | Related Discussion Paper 01-62
 
The California Crisis: Questioning The Conventional Wisdom
Timothy J. Brennan
Regulation | Fall 2001 | pp. 63-69
 
Vertical Excuses for Horizontal Practices: Should There Be Any Per Se Rules?
Timothy J. Brennan
Antitrust Bulletin | 2000 | Vol. 45 | pp. 467-490
 
Programmi DSM e concorrenza elettrica negli Stati Uniti (DSM programs and electricity competition in the United States)
Timothy J. Brennan
Energia | 2000 | Vol. 21, No. 1 | pp. 32-42
 
The Spectrum as the Commons: Today's Vision, Not Tomorrow's Prescription
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Law and Economics | 1998 | Vol. 41 | pp. 791-803
 
Technology and Coordination: Antitrust Implications of Remote Sensing Satellites
Molly K. Macauley and Timothy Brennan
Antitrust Bulletin | Summer 1997 | Vol. 42 | pp. 477-502
 
Stranded Costs, Takings, and the Law and Economics of Implicit Contracts
Timothy Brennan and James Boyd
Journal of Regulatory Economics | 1997 | Vol. 11, No. 1 | pp. 41-54
 
Industry Parallel Interconnection Agreements
Timothy J. Brennan
Information Economics and Policy | 1997 | Vol. 9 | pp. 133-149
 
Making Sense of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
Timothy J. Brennan
Industrial and Corporate Change | 1996 | Vol. 5 | pp. 941-961
 
Methodology—Abstract Philosophy or Criticism of Diminishing Returns
Timothy J. Brennan
Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology | 1996 | Vol. 14 | pp. 329-342
 
Is Cost-of-Service Regulation Worth The Cost?
Timothy J. Brennan
International Journal of the Economics of Business | 1996 | Vol. 3, No. 1 | pp. 25-42
 
Remote Sensing Satellites and Privacy: A Framework for Policy Assessment
Molly K. Macauley and Timothy Brennan
Law, Computers, and Artificial Intelligence | 1995 | Vol. 4, No. 3 | pp. 233-248
 
Does the Theory Behind U.S. v. AT&T Still Apply Today?
Timothy J. Brennan
Antitrust Bulletin | 1995 | Vol. 40, No. 3 | pp. 455-482
 
Symposium: Recent Competition Issues in Telecommunications
Timothy J. Brennan
Antitrust Bulletin | 1995 | Vol. 40, No. 3
 
Markets, Information, and Benevolence
Timothy J. Brennan
Economics and Philosophy, | 1994 | Vol. 10, No. 2 | pp. 151-168
 
Talking to One's Selves: The Social Science of Jon Elster
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Communication | 1994 | Vol. 44, No. 1 | pp. 73-81
 
Economic Theory in Industrial Policy: Lessons From U.S. v. AT&T
Timothy J. Brennan
Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology | 1994 | Vol. 11 | pp. 49-72
 
Comparing the Costs and Benefits of Diversification by Regulated Firms
Timothy J. Brennan and Karen L. Palmer
Journal of Regulatory Economics | 1994 | Vol. 6, No. 2 | pp. 115-136
 
The Futility of Multiple Utility
Timothy J. Brennan
Economics and Philosophy | 1993 | Vol. 9, No. 1 | pp. 155-164
 
Copyright, Property, and the Right to Deny
Timothy J. Brennan
Chicago-Kent Law Review | 1993 | Vol. 68, No. 2 | pp. 675-714
 
Content, Controversy, and Control: Politics and the Evolution of Antitrust Enforcement
Timothy J. Brennan
Law and Policy | 1992 | Vol. 14, No. 1 | pp. 107-122
 
Refusing to Cooperate with Competitors: A Theory of Boycotts
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Law and Economics | 1992 | Vol. 35, No. 2 | pp. 247-264
 
Integrating Communications Theory into Media Policy: An Economic Perspective
Timothy J. Brennan
Telecommunications Policy | 1992 | Vol. 16, No. 6 | pp. 460-474
 
Rational Ignorance: The Strategic Economics of Military Censorship
Timothy J. Brennan
Southern Economic Journal | 1992 | Vol. 58, No. 4 | pp. 966-974
 
Depreciation, Investor Compensation, and Welfare under Rate-of-Return Regulation
Timothy J. Brennan
Review of Industrial Organization | 1991 | Vol. 6, No. 1 | pp. 73-87
 
Voluntary Exchange and Economic Claims
Timothy J. Brennan
Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology | 1990 | Vol. 7 | pp. 105-124
 
Vertical Integration, Monopoly, and the First Amendment
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Media Economics | 1990 | Vol. 3, No. 1 | pp. 57-76
 
Cross-Subsidization and Cost Misallocation by Regulated Monopolists
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Regulatory Economics | 1990 | Vol. 2, No. 1 | pp. 37-51
 
Understanding Raising Rivals Costs: Reply
Timothy J. Brennan
Antitrust Bulletin | 1989 | Vol. 34, No. 4 | pp. 909-918
 
A Methodological Assessment of Multiple Utility Frameworks
Timothy J. Brennan
Economics and Philosophy | 1989 | Vol. 5, No. 2 | pp. 189-208
 
The Fairness Doctrine as Public Policy
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media | 1989 | Vol. 33, No. 4 | pp. 419-440
 
Exclusive Dealing, Limiting Outside Activity, and Conflict of Interest
Timothy J. Brennan
Southern Economic Journal | 1989 | Vol. 56, No. 2 | pp. 323-335
 
Divestiture Policy Considerations in an Information Services World
Timothy J. Brennan
Telecommunications Policy | 1989 | Vol. 13, No. 3 | pp. 243-254
 
Regulating by Capping Prices
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Regulatory Economics | 1989 | Vol. 1, No. 2 | pp. 133-147
 
Exclusive Dealing in General Business Practice
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Business Strategies | 1988 | Vol. 5, No. 2 | pp. 53-60
 
Understanding Raising Rivals Costs
Timothy J. Brennan
Antitrust Bulletin | 1988 | Vol. 33, No. 1 | pp. 95-113
 
An Economic Look at Taxing Home Audio Taping
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media | 1988 | Vol. 32, No. 1 | pp. 89-103
 
Rights, Market Failure, and Rent Control: A Comment on Radin
Timothy J. Brennan
Philosophy and Public Affairs | 1988 | Vol. 17, No. 1 | pp. 66-79
 
Academic Disciplines and Representative Advocacy
Timothy J. Brennan
Business and Professional Ethics Journal | 1987 | Vol. 6, No. 1 | pp. 32-55
 
Why Regulated Firms Should Be Kept Out Of Unregulated Markets: Understanding the Divestiture in U.S. v. AT&T
Timothy J. Brennan
Antitrust Bulletin | 1987 | Vol. 32, No. 3 | pp. 741-793
 
Joint Production and Monopoly Extension Through Tying
Timothy J. Brennan and Sheldon Kimmel
Southern Economic Journal | 1986 | Vol. 53, No. 2 | pp. 490-501
 
Harper & Row v. The Nation: Copyrightability and Fair Use
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. | 1986 | Vol. 33, No. 4 | pp. 368-389
 
Is Economics Methodologically Special?
Timothy J. Brennan
Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology | 1984 | Vol. 2 | pp. 127-140
 
Local Government Action and Antitrust Policy: An Economic Analysis
Timothy J. Brennan
Fordham Urban Law Journal | 1984 | Vol. 12, No. 3 | pp. 405-436
 
Economic Efficiency and Broadcast Content Regulation
Timothy J. Brennan
Federal Communications Law Journal | 1983 | Vol. 35, No. 2 | pp. 117-138
 
Mistaken Elasticities and Misleading Rules
Timothy J. Brennan
Harvard Law Review | 1982 | Vol. 95, No. 8 | pp. 1849-1856
 
Explanation and Value in Economics
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Economic Issues | 1979 | Vol. 13, No. 4 | pp. 911-932
 
  
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