As the largest sector of the global economy, energy is confronted with policy challenges at the international, national, state, and local levels in virtually every corner of the globe. Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, one of the world's top two centers for energy economics and energy policy, links academics, industry leaders, and policymakers to engage in solving these challenges.

The Baker Institute's Center for Energy Studies (CES) is a data-driven policy research center that generates nonpartisan insights into the impact of economics, geopolitics, technology, and regulation on energy markets. CES brings a broad perspective to the policy arena by gathering specialists from Earth sciences, economics, engineering, industry, and government to investigate issues that are critical to ensuring secure and environmentally responsible energy resource development for a growing world economy.


CES fellows and scholars conduct reliable, fact-based examinations of critical energy issues and provide high-quality, peer-reviewed studies and high-impact policy outreach through testimony on Capitol Hill and interaction with policymakers and industry leaders. By relying upon data-driven analysis -- and adhering to a strict, nonpartisan approach to developing policy solutions -- CES has become one of the world's top-ranked university-based energy and natural resource think tanks.

The intersection of economics, science, and policy is filled with potential conflict. Narrow perspectives and inadequate understanding can lead to ineffective or misguided policies, and competing special interests can worsen conflicts all too often by capitalizing on incomplete frameworks. The fellows and scholars at CES are developing sophisticated models that enhance the understanding of direct and indirect linkages between energy market developments and economic, geopolitical, and technological innovations. These tools allow CES fellows -- with contributions from experts in multiple disciplines -- to produce reliable and balanced policy recommendations designed to avoid negative unintended consequences.

To learn more about one of the leading international think tanks in the world, please visit the Baker Institute for Public Policy and contact our experts Ken Medlock, Jim Krane, and the Center for Energy Studies.

Additionally, Rice now offers a Masters of Energy Economics degree. Read more about this program here.