WWU economics professor to discuss U.S. energy markets

Phil Thompson, an assistant professor of economics at Western Washington University, will give a presentation titled “Some Observations on U.S. Energy Markets and Prices,” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, in Room 212 of WWU’s Biology Building.

The presentation is part of Western’s Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series and free and open to the public.

In his talk, Thompson will describe the basic features of U.S. energy markets and past energy policies, emphasizing the role of incentives and prices in the decisions made by energy producers and energy users.

Thompson got his doctorate in economics from the University of Arizona in 1988. After teaching at Texas A&M for two years, he became chief economist for the Missouri Office of the Public Counsel, a state agency representing residential and small business ratepayers in proceedings before the Missouri Public Service Commission.

In this role, he analyzed utility issues and testified in utility cases involving electric, gas, telecommunications, and water companies.

Thompson has taught at WWU since 2009. His teaching interests are microeconomics and related areas, and his current research areas are energy efficiency, gasoline markets, and the socioeconomic impacts of casinos.

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