Brian Prest

Brian Prest

I am an energy and environmental economist finishing my Ph.D. at Duke in 2018. I specialize in using econometric tools to understand energy supply dynamics and improve the design of environmental policies. My current work considers the implications of the shale revolution for oil and gas markets, intertemporal dynamics of market-based environmental policy under policy uncertainty, and the conditions under which consumers respond to time-of-use electricity pricing.

Prior to studying at Duke, I worked in both the public sector (at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), 2009-11) and private sector (at NERA Economic Consulting, 2011-13). At CBO, I developed economic models of various energy sectors and cap-and-trade markets to analyze the implications of alternative policy designs. At NERA, I conducted electricity market modeling, project valuation, and discounted cash flow analysis of various infrastructure investments in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia, with a focus on the power sector.


Newell, RG, Prest, BC, and Vissing, A. Trophy Hunting vs. Manufacturing Energy: The Price-Responsiveness of Shale Gas. August 22, 2016.

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Graduation Date

May 2018