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Geoffrey Rothwell

Principal Economist
Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Areas of Expertise:

Energy Economics, Nuclear, Power Sector, Regulation

Dr. Geoffrey Rothwell is the Principal Economist at the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris, France) where he is working on nuclear power plant decommissioning liability in NEA member countries, comparing nuclear employment and training requirements with other energy industries, and calculating the potential damages of a nuclear power plant accident. From 1986 to 2013, he was a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Honors Programs in the Department of Economics, Stanford University, and Associate Director of Stanford’s Public Policy Program. Since 2001, he has been the chief economist of the Economic Modeling Working Group of the Generation IV International Forum through the U.S. Department of Energy (he is now acting as the Secretariat of the group), Office of Nuclear Energy. He has worked for Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Dr. Rothwell has written extensively on the economics of electricity and nuclear power. His book with Tomas Gomez, Electricity Economics: Regulation and Deregulation was published in 2003 by IEEE Press with John Wiley. His research has been published in Cost Engineering; Economics of Innovation and New Technology; Energy Economics; (The) Energy Journal; Energy Policy; European Journal of Political Economy; International Journal of Industrial Organization; International Journal of Nuclear Desalination; International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy, and Ecology; International Journal of Nuclear Hydrogen Production and Applications; Journal of Applied Econometrics; Journal of Business and Economic Statistics; Journal of Econometrics; Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization; Journal of Industrial Economics; Journal of Risk and Uncertainty; Review of Economics and Statistics; Rynek Energii (in Polish); Science & Global Security, and Teploenergetika (in Russian). His current research focuses on applying microeconomic-cost engineering models of the nuclear energy systems to non-proliferation issues.

Dr. Rothwell grew up in Richland, Washington, graduating from Hanford High School. He received his BAC in Philosophy from Lycée François Premier, Le Havre, France; his B.A. in Political Economy from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington; his M.A. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from Boalt Law School, University of California, Berkeley; and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. After a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology, Environmental Quality Laboratory, he was teaching at Stanford from 1986 with visiting appointments in the Department of Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz, and the College of Technology Management, L’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

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