1 February 2019

The Changing Role of Energy in the U.S. Economy

The Energy in America workshop series examines how energy impacts the U.S. economy at multiple levels and the changing role of energy development on job creation, evaluating whether policy makers have the right tools and capabilities to create more economic opportunity through energy policies and investments. 

Our first workshop, Energy in America: The Changing Role of Energy in the U.S. Economy, was held in Fall 2018. We focused on the role of energy in the U.S. economy at the national, regional, and local levels, assessing the economic consequences of multiple energy pathways, such as increased energy exportation or further low-carbon development. The workshop speakers and participants then examined some of the key economic impacts of energy regulations and policies, including labor effects, economic distortions, and impacts on higher education. To help frame these discussions, several workshop speakers produced a series of white papers available below.

Finally, the workshop participants were asked to consider two questions for further insights: What should the analytical community prioritize to advance our understanding of the role of energy in the U.S. economy; and what should policymakers better appreciate about the role energy in the U.S. economy and their respective state or local economies.


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