Selected conference and seminar presentations

"Incumbent Vertical Market Power, Experimentation, and Institutional Design in the Deregulating Electricity Industry." International Society for New Institutional Economics conference, June 2014.

"Electricity Regulation in an Environment of Technological Change and Competitive Retail Markets: Implications of the Bell Doctrine and Economic Experimentation.” Society for the Development of Austrian Economics conference, November 2013; Public Choice Society conference, March 2013; Southern Economic Association conference, November 2012.

“Mirroring, Classification, and Social Institutions: Implications of Recent Neuroscience Research for Interpreting Hayek’s The Sensory Order.” Joint with Steven Horwitz. Southern Economic Association/Society for the Development of Austrian Economics conference, November 2010.

 “Is There a Neurological Foundation for Institutions? Mirroring, Sympathy, and Institutional Design,” (early version of “Mirroring and the Sympathetic Process: Some Implications of Mirror Neuron Research for Sympathy and Institutions in Adam Smith”) International Society for New Institutional Economics annual meeting, June 2010.

“Beneficial Complexity: A Field Experiment in Technology, Institutions, and Institutional Change in the Electric Power Industry,” International Society for New Institutional Economics annual meeting, June 2009; International Association of Energy Economics annual meeting, June 2009; Research Roundtable, Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth, Northwestern University, June 2009.

“Smart Policies for a Smart Grid: Enabling a Consumer-Oriented Transactive Network,” Harvard Electricity Policy Group quarterly workshop, March 2009.

“What Gives You the Right? Consumption Data Access Rights and Retail Competition in the Electric Power Industry,” Conference on Property Rights and Innovation, Searle Center for the Study of Law, Regulation, and the Economy, November 2008.

“Retail Dynamic Pricing and Enabling Technologies in the Electric Power Industry: Applying Complexity Principles to Policy.” Dynamics & Complexity in People & Society Workshop, Northwestern University, October 2007.

“Retail Dynamic Pricing and Enabling Technologies in the Electric Power Industry: A Field Experiment in Institutions and Technology.” Ford Center seminar, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, October 2007.

“Technological Change and the Electric Power Network: Policy Implications.” Foundation for Research in Economics and the Environment, Economics, Energy and the Law Workshop, August 2007.

“Retail Electricity Deregulation: Prospects and Challenges for Dynamic Pricing and Enabling Technologies.” International Society for New Institutional Economics conference, June 2007.

“Bringing the Electric System Into the Information Age: GridWise Interoperability Principles,” Carnegie Mellon University Electricity Conference, March 2007.

“Bringing the Electric System Into the Information Age: The Evolution of Technology, Policy, and Markets,” Modern Grid Initiative Grid Modernization Summit, November 2006

“Design Problems in Retail Electricity Competition.” U.S. Association for Energy Economics conference, September 2006.

“Competitive Joint Venture Ownership of Networks as an Alternative to Regulation.” International Society for New Institutional Economics conference, September 2006.

“Competitive Joint Venture Ownership of Networks as an Alternative to Regulation.” International Industrial Organization Conference, April 2006.

“Reliability Insurance and the Value of Flexibility in the Changing Electric Power Industry.” Carnegie Mellon University Conference on the Valuation of Distributed Monitoring and Sensing, January 2006.

“Demand Response: Progress and Barriers.” MIT Center for Energy and Environment Policy Research Fall Workshop, November 2005.

“Electric Network Reliability As A Public Good.” Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, November 2005.

“Capacity Markets.” Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Technical Conference on Capacity Markets in PJM, June 2005.

“Has 'Deregulation' Benefited Consumers?” Global Energy Management Institute-University of Houston, June 2005.

“Innovation at the Edge: Technological Change in Electric Power.” Institute for Regulatory Law and Economics, May 2005.

“Experimental Economics and Demand Response in the U.S.” International Energy Agency, April 2005.

“Experimental Economics and Electric Power Market Design Research in the U.S.” Ecole Normale Supérieur d'Electricité, Paris, April 2005.

“Electric Network Reliability As A Public Good.” Carnegie-Mellon University Conference on Electric Power Transmission and Distribution, December 2004.

“Energy and Ethics: A Market Process Experiment.” University of Notre Dame Energy and Ethics Conference, October 2004.

“Investment Incentives and Dynamic Efficiency in Electricity Markets: An Experimental Analysis.” International Society for New Institutional Economics Annual Meetings, October 2004.

“Regulatory Reform for the Digital Era: Electric Power.” Heartland Institute, October 2004.

“Market Processes: An Experiment, and the Basics.” Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Summer Study Session, August 2004.

“Electric Network Reliability As A Public Good.” U.S. Association of Energy Economics Annual Meetings, July 2004.

“The Market for Wires and the Market for Energy: Never the Twain Should Meet.” Miami University, December 2003.

“Environmental Regulation and the Transactional Boundary of the Firm: Regulatory Change, Vertical Integration, and Firm Profitability in Petroleum Refining, 1990-2001 .” International Association of Energy Economics Annual Meetings, October 2003.

“Environmental Regulation and the Transactional Boundary of the Firm: Regulatory Change, Vertical Integration, and Firm Profitability in Petroleum Refining, 1990-2001.” International Society for New Institutional Economics Annual Meetings, September 2003.

“Institutional Change and Contestability: Electricity Transmission Policy, Technology, and Entry Barriers.” International Association of Energy Economics Annual Meetings, June 2002.

 

Invited talks and speeches

 "Can Vertical Disintegration, Deregulation, and Innovation ba Win-Win‐Win for Electricity Markets?" Michael Beesley Memorial Lecture, Institute of Economic Affairs (UK), November 2014.

"Understanding the Effects of 20th Century Regulation on 21st Century Experimentation in Electricity Markets," Upton Forum, Beloit College, November 2014.

"Teaching the Economics of Tradeable Emission Permits," Upton Forum, Beloit College, November 2014.

"Public Choice: Politics Without Romance," Institute for Liberal Studies (Canada), August 2014

"Markets, Institutions, and Economic Growth," Institute for Liberal Studies (Canada), August 2014

“How Markets Benefit the Environment,” International Students for Liberty Conference, February 2014

“Adam Smith and Jane Austen: Themes of Design and Control in Emma ,” International Students for Liberty Conference, February 2014

“Regulation and Experimentation in the Electricity Industry,” Michigan State University, September 2013

“Knowledge Problem,” Students for Liberty Chicago Regional Conference, November 2012.

“Regulation, Competition, and New Technology Adoption: Applying the Bell Doctrine to Retail Electricity Markets,” Great Lakes Symposium on Smart Grid, Illinois Institute of Technology, September 2012.

“Regulation’s Effect on Experimentation in Retail Electricity Markets,” Upton Forum, Beloit College, October 2011.

“Beneficial Complexity,” Students for Liberty Chicago Regional Conference, October 2011.

“Electricity Regulation, Policy, and Innovation,” Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy, University of Illinois-Chicago, August 2011.

“Promoting Innovation in the Electricity Industry,” campus lecture, Berry College, November 2010.

“Promoting Innovation in the Electricity Industry,” campus lecture, St. Lawrence University, April 2010.

“Economics, Technology, and Smart Grid Policy,” Lifelong Learners Course Series, Northwestern University, October 2009.

“Promoting Innovation in the Electricity Industry,” Michael Beesley Memorial Lecture, Institute of Economic Affairs (UK), October 2009.

“Electricity Restructuring in Texas.” Mercatus Center Staff Retreat for Texas Legislative Staff, July 2008.

“Retail Dynamic Pricing and Enabling Technologies in the Electric Power Industry: Applying Complexity Principles to Policy.” Northwestern Institute for Complex Systems Faculty Luncheon, Northwestern University, March 2008.

“Innovations in Electricity Pricing, Technology, and Regulation,” Lifelong Learners Course Series, Northwestern University, October 2007.

“Technological Change and the Electric Power Network,” Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, Economics, Energy, and the Law Workshop, July 2007.

“The Interaction of Regulation, Markets, and Technology: Consumer Empowerment in the Electric Utility Industry,” Moor Lecture Series, Capital University, March 2007.

“The Interaction of Regulation, Markets, and Technology: Consumer Empowerment in the Electric Utility Industry,” Clarke Forum Speaker Series, Dickinson College, February 2007.

“Experimental Economics for Demand Response Market Design and Education,” Midwest Demand Response Initiative, February 2007.

“Experimental Economics and Electric Power Market Design Research in the U.S.,” École Supérieure d’Éléctricité (Supélec), April 2005.

“U.S. Regulatory Change and Demand Response: Experimental Evidence.” Mexican Energy Commission, May 2004.

“Electricity Restructuring: A Study in Regulatory Change.” American Legislative Exchange Council, Austin, Texas, May 2004.

“Electricity Demand Response in the U.S.” Austrian Biofuels conference, March 2004.

“Electricity and Energy Reform.” Mercatus Center Capitol Hill Chief of Staff Retreat, February 2004.

“State of U.S. Energy Markets.” Mercatus Center Capitol Hill Campus, February 2004.

“Electricity Deregulation in the U.S.: Update.” Institute of Economic Affairs, London, June 2002.