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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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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)
 
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)
 
Who Bears the Long-Term Costs of Stricter Anti-Spill Policy? It’s Not Who You Think
Timothy J. Brennan
Backgrounder | August 2010
 
Electricity Markets and Energy Security: Friends or Foes?
Timothy J. Brennan
Resources | Fall/Winter 2008 (167)
 
Public Use and Just Compensation: How and When Does Economic Analysis Apply?
Timothy J. Brennan
Resources | Fall 2005 (159)
 
An Academic's Guide to the Way Washington Really Works
Timothy J. Brennan
Chronicle of Higher Education | January 12, 2001 | B11
 
More Power Creates Puzzle
Timothy J. Brennan and Joseph Doucet
Edmonton Journal | November 23, 2001
 
Drawing Lessons from the California Power Crisis
Timothy J. Brennan
Resources | Summer 2001 (144)
 
Economists as Judicial Activists
Timothy J. Brennan
Policy Matters | August 2000 | 00-10
 
Who Lost Russia
Timothy J. Brennan
New York Times Magazine | (letter) | September 5, 1999
 
Portland Should Stick to Its Guns in Cable Fight
Timothy J. Brennan
The Oregonian | (op-ed.) | July 24, 1999
 
Not Enough Anarchy in the U.K.
Timothy J. Brennan and Karen Palmer
Regulation | Vol. 21, No. 2 | (letter to the editor) | Winter 1998
 
Monopoly Money
Timothy J. Brennan
The Economist | Vol. 347, No. 8070 | (letter) | May 30, 1998
 
Commercialization without NASA
Molly K. Macauley and Timothy Brennan
Space News | Vol. 9, No. 7 | (op-ed.) | February 16-22, 1998 | p. 29
 
Book review of Quality and Reliability of Telecommunications Infrastructure, William Lehr, ed.
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media | Vol. 41, No. 1 | 1997
 
Book review of American Regulatory Federalism and Telecommunications Infrastructure, Paul Teske, ed.
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media | Vol. 41, No. 1 | 1997
 
Book review of Regulating Broadcast Programming by Thomas G. Krattenmaker and Lucas A. Powe, Jr.
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Economic Literature | Vol. 33, No. 3 | 1995 | pp. 1381-1382
 
Book review of Constitutional Environments and Economic Growth by Gerald W. Scully
Timothy J. Brennan
Forum for Social Economics | Vol. 22, No. 2 | 1993 | pp. 71-75
 
Market Failure and Public Policy Toward Telecommunications Infrastructures
Timothy J. Brennan
Report to the Office of Technology Assessment | 1993
 
Book review of Morality, Rationality, and Efficiency, New Perspectives on Socio-Economics, Richard M. Coughlin, ed.
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Economic Issues | Vol. 26, No. 4 | 1992 | pp. 1271-1275
 
Book review of Reinventing Rationality: The Role of Regulatory Analysis in the Federal Bureaucracy by Thomas McGarity
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Economic Issues | Vol. 26, No. 3 | 1992 | pp. 963-966
 
Should Cable Be a Federal Case
Timothy J. Brennan
Broadcasting | March 19, 1990 | Vol. 118, No. 12 | p. 24
 
Book review of Media Freedom and Accountability by Everette Dennis, Donald Gillmor and Theodore Glasser
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media | Vol. 34, No. 4 | 1990 | pp. 502-503
 
Book review of Economics and Power by Randall Bartlett
Timothy J. Brennan
Southern Economic Journal | Vol. 57, No. 2 | 1990 | pp. 554-555
 
Book review of The Reconstruction of Economics by Alan Gruchy
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Economic Literature | Vol. 26, No. 4 | 1988 | pp. 1751-1753
 
Book review of The Economics of Telecommunications by John Wenders
Timothy J. Brennan
Information Economics and Policy | Vol. 3, No. 3 | 1988 | pp. 268-269
 
It Pays to Be Well Connected
Timothy J. Brennan
Wall Street Journal | (letter) | July 9, 1987
 
Limits of the Marketplace Model
Timothy J. Brennan
Broadcasting | October 8, 1984 | Vol. 107, No. 15 | p. 30
 
Book review of Reasoning and Method in Economics by I. M. T. Stewart
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Economic Issues | Vol. 15, No. 3 | 1981 | pp. 796-799
 
Toward a Humanist Reconstruction of Economic Science: Comment
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Economic Issues | Vol. 14, No. 4 | 1980 | pp. 1019-1025
 
Comment: The Utility of Being Hanged on the Gallows
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Post Keynesian Economics | Vol. 3, No. 1 | 1980 | pp. 129-132
 
Comment: On Not Quantifying the Quantifiable
Timothy J. Brennan
Journal of Post Keynesian Economics | Vol. 2, No. 2 | 1979 | pp. 267-270
 
  
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