About

Greg Upton is Assistant Professor at the Center for Energy Studies, Louisiana State University. His research interests are related to the analysis of economic and public policy issues on energy and the environment.

Dr. Upton is also Research Associate at Acadian Consulting Group (ACG), for which he has five years of experience in supporting expert analysis of economic, statistical, and public policy issues in energy and regulatory industries.

During his tenure at ACG, Dr. Upton has worked on more than 20 regulatory cases in more than 10 states. He has worked on a wide range of issues including the impact of utility rate increases on economic output, the distributional effects of different types of utility rate designs, economic impacts of new infrastructure programs, benchmarking analysis, economic valuation, and estimating the tax impact of a large environmental disaster.

Dr. Upton holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Louisiana State University where he also received both an M.A. in economics and a B.S. in economics with a concentration in empirical analysis. He is a member of professional organizations such as the International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE), American Economic Association (AEA) and the Southern Economic Association (SEA).

Curriculum Vitae

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Current Positions

Louisiana State University Center for Energy Studies
Assistant Professor-Research
Google Scholar Profile

Acadian Consulting Group
Research Associate

Education

Louisiana State University
Ph.D. Economics (2014)

Louisiana State University
M.S. Economics (2012)

Louisiana State University
B.S. Economics, concentration: Empirical Analysis (2010)

Peer Reviewed Publications

Decomposing Crude Price Differentials: Domestic Shipping Constraint or the Crude Oil Export Ban? With Mark Agerton. (Revisions Requested - Energy Journal.) ↓ USAEE Working Paper No. 17-307. ↓ Rice University's Baker Institute Working Paper.

Funding Renewable Energy: An Analysis of Renewable Portfolio Standards. With Brian F. Snyder. Energy Economics 66 (2017) 205-216. ↓ download ↓ Link.

Asymmetric effects of housting wealth on college enrollment. With Meagan N. McCollum. Applied Economics Letters. April 2017. p. 1-5. ↓ download ↓ Link

The Effect of Merit-Based Scholarships on Education Outcomes. An Analysis of the Arizona AIMS Scholarship. Journal of Labor Research 37:235-261 (2016). ↓ download ↓ Link

Renewable Energy Potential and Adoption of Renewable Portfolio Standards. Utilities Policy 36 (2015) 67-70. With Brian F. Snyder. ↓ download ↓ Link

Economies of scale, learning effects and offshore wind development costs. Renewable Energy 83 (2015) 61-66. With David E. Dismukes ↓ download ↓ Link

Economic and Policy Issues in Sustaining an Adequate Oil Spill Contengency Fund in the Aftermath of a Catastrophic Incident. Proceedings of the Thirty-seventh AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response. June 2014. With David E. Dismukes and Stephen R. Barnes. ↓ download

Other Publications

Gulf Coast Energy Outlook. LSU Center for Energy Studies and Economics & Policy Research Group Whitepaper. June, 2017. With Christopher K. Coombs, David E. Dismukes, and Dek Terrell. ↓ download ↓ Addendum

Potential economic impacts of the Bayou Bridge pipeline. Prepared on behalf of Energy Transfer. February, 2017. (Submitted as testimony at Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Coastal Zone Permit Public Hearing-February 8, 2017). ↓ Link

Oil Prices and the Louisiana Budget Crisis: Culprit or Scapegoat? An Analysis of the Implications of the Oil Price Drop on the Louisiana Budget. LSU Center for Energy Studies Whitepaper. October, 2016. ↓ download

Crude Oil Exports and the Louisiana Economy. A discussion of U.S. policy of restricting crude oil exports and its implications for Louisiana. LSU Center for Energy Studies Whitepaper. November, 2015. ↓ download

The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Renewable Portfolio Standards. IAEE Energy Forum. Antalya Special Issue 2015. July 2015. With Brian F. Snyder. ↓ download

Working Papers

Local Labor Market Shocks and Residential Mortgage Payments: Evidence from Shale Oil and Gas Booms. With Meagan McCollum. ↓ USAEE Working Paper

Funded Research

Principle Investigator. Louisiana Board of Regent's Industrial Ties Research Subprogram (ITRS). Integrating Storage into Rooftop Solar: An Economics and Engineering Approach. June 2016 to May 2018. $117,051. With Shahab Mehraeen (Co-PI) and Amin Kargarian Marvasti (Co-PI).

Co-Principle Investigator. Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM). Update to BOEM GOM Factbook Data and Analysis. June 2016 to May 2018. $128,431. With David E. Dismukes (PI) and Mallory Vachon (Co-PI).

Guest Columns

Drilling Info Blog. Gulf Coast Energy Outlook with DI Prodcast. July 20, 2017. ↓ Link

The Advertiser. Lafayette, LA. Economic implications of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline February 16, 2017. ↓ Link

Houma Today. Terrebonne Parish, LA. Protesters interfere with local discussion February 11, 2017. ↓ Link

Baton Rouge Business Report. Baton Rouge, LA. Was the Stelly Plan really revenue neutral? June 7 - June 20, 2016. ↓ download

The Advertiser. Lafayette, LA. Voices: We must shift the discussion on lifting oil export ban. December 8, 2015. ↓ Link

Selected Presentations

Asian Law and Economics Association An Analysis of the Distributional Effects of Electricity Market Restructuring Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. June 22, 20120176.

International Association for Energy Economics. An Analysis of the Distributional Effects of Electricity Market Restructuring Singapore. June 19, 2017.

St. James Community Advisory Panel. Gulf Coast Energy Outlook. Gramercy, LA. June 6, 2017.

Kinetica. Shipper Meeting. Mid-Stream Investment in the Era of Shale. St. Charles, LA. April 6, 2017.

East Iberville Community Advisory Panel Meeting. Gulf Coast Energy Outlook. St. Gabriel, LA. March 23, 2017.

EUCI. FERC Electricity 101. Electric Power: Industry Overview, Organization, and Federal/State Distinctions. San Diego, CA. January 30, 2017.

United States Association for Energy Economics. Decomposing Crude Price Differentials-Domestic Shipping Constraints or the Crude Oil Export Ban? Tulsa, OK. October 23, 2016.

Michigan State University Institute of Public Utilities. Advanced Regulatory Studies Program. Econometric Forecasting and Energy Regulation. East Lansing, MI. October 3, 2016.

Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. Central Louisiana Manufacturing Manager's Council. Energy Prices and the Manufacturing Renaissance. Reality or Pipe Dream? Alexandria, LA. September 20, 2016.

DIS-TRAN Conference and Expo. Funding Renewable Energy and the Future of the Power Grid. Pineville, LA. August 18, 2016.

International Association for Energy Economics. Decomposing Crude Price Differentials-Domestic Shipping Constraints or the Crude Oil Export Ban? Bergen, Norway. June 20, 2016.

National Federation of Municipal Analysts (NFMA). Annual Conference 2016. Oil and Gas Prices and Louisiana'a Fiscal Outlook. Chicago, IL. May 6, 2016.

Louisiana Alternative Fuels Conference and Expo 2016. Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Utility Rate Design: the devil's in the details. Lafayette, LA. April 14, 2016.

Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy. The Evolution of the Louisiana Tax Structure. Baton Rouge, LA. April 8, 2016.

Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce. April Strategic Luncheon. Oil Prices and the Louisiana Budget Crisis: Culprit or Scapegoat? Alexandria, LA. April 6, 2016.

Public Utility Research Center (PURC). University of Florida. Presentation to Turkish Energy Markets Regulatory Authority (EMRA/EPDK). The Economics of Crude Export Restrictions. Gainesville, FL. December 7, 2015.

Southern Economic Association Meeting. Funding Renewble Energy: An Analysis of Renewable Portfolio Standards. New Orleans, LA. November 23, 2015.

Southern Economic Association Meeting. Local Labor Market Shocks and Residential Mortgage Payments: Evidence from Shale Oil and Gas Booms. New Orleans, LA. November 23, 2015.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Monthly Meeting. Unconventional Oil and Gas Activity and Crude Export Restrictions. Baton Rouge, LA. November 19, 2015.

World Trade Center New Orleans. Energy Committee Meeting. Unconventional Oil and Gas Activity and Crude Export Restrictions. New Orleans, LA. November 19, 2015.

Louisiana State University Staturday Science. Energy, Economics and the Environment. Baton Rouge, LA. October 31, 2015.

Energy Summit 2015: Disruptive and Game-Changing Energy Trends: Implications for Louisiana. Crude Oil Exports and the Louisiana Economy: A discussion of U.S. policy of restricting crude oil exports and its implications for Louisiana. Baton Rouge, LA. October 21, 2015.

Michigan State University Institute of Public Utilities Advanced Regulatory Studies Program. Econometric Forecasting and Energy Regulation. East Lansing, MI. October 5, 2015.

International Association of Energy Economists. Assessing the Effectiveness of Renewable Portfolio Standards: An Analysis of Electricity Prices, Renewable Energy Generation and Emissions Reductions. Antalya, Turkey. May 25-27, 2015.

Tulane Engineering Forum. Unconventional Oil and Gas Activity and Crude Export Restrictions. A Discussion of U.S. Policy of Restricting Crude Oil Exports. New Orleans, LA. April 17, 2015

Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce. Legislative Affairs Committee Meeting. Louisiana Tax Study, 2015. Alexandria, LA. April 9, 2015.

Louisiana Joint Ways and Means Committee. Louisiana Tax Study, 2015. Baton Rouge, LA. March 11, 2015. With Jim Richardson and Steven Sheffrin.

Southern Economic Association Meeting. Examining the Efficacy of Natural Gas Distribution Pipeline Replacement Policies. Atlanta, GA. Nobember 22-24, 2014.

Louisiana State University Center for Energy Studies Industry Associates Meeting. Mineral Taxes. Baton Rouge, LA. September 9, 2014.

Thirty-seventh Arctic and Marine Oilspill Program (AMOP) Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response. Economic Policy issues in Sustaining an Adequate Oil Spill Contingency Fund in the Aftermath of a Catastrophic Incident. Canmore, Alberta Canada. June 3-5, 2014.

United States Association of Energy Economics (IAEE) North American Conference. Overnight Cost Calculations, Economics of Scale and Learning by Doing: Analyzing the World's Offshore Windfarms. Anchorage, AK. August 28-31, 2013.

Southern Economic Association Meeting. Overnight Cost Calculations, Economics of Scale and Learning by Doing: Analyzing the World's Offshore Windfarms. New Orleans, LA. November 17, 2012.

Selected Media Coverage

Daily Advertiser. Lafayette, LA. Rolling the dice? Some stability seen in energy industry's future. June 26, 2017. ↓ Link

KATC. Lafayette, LA. LSU researchers release inaugural report on Gulf Coast jobs, industry trends. June 23, 2017. ↓ Link

NGI's Shale Daily. Onshore Natural Gas, Oil Supply Pushing Gulf Coast LNG, Petchem, Expansions, Says LSU. June 21, 2017. ↓ Link

The Advocate. Baton Rouge, LA. LSU experts: Louisiana's energy manufacturing, refining sectors will remain strong in the coming years June 20, 2017. ↓ Link

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. Baton Rouge, LA. LSU study: Gulf Coast oil and gas to rebound in coming years. June 20, 2017. ↓ Link

Louisiana: the State We're In. Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Baton Rouge, LA. Discussion about oil price drop and LA economy. Aired June 9, 2017. Link

Louisiana Business and Industry Show. 107.3 FM. Baton Rouge, LA. Discussion about Gulf Coast energy economy Aired April 1-2, 2017. Link (Scroll to Minute 28)

Louisiana Budget Project. Baton Rouge, LA. Moving from Budget Cuts to State Investments: A Bluepring for a Stronger Louisiana. February 22, 2017. Link

The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA. The Acadiana Advocate. Lafayette, LA. Showdown in Napoleonville: Supporters, opponents clash over Bayou Bridge Pipeline proposal. February 9, 2017. Link

Houma Today. Terrebonne Parish, LA. Stronge emotions aired during pipeline hearing. February 9, 2017. Link

Inside Sources. As Louisiana Targets Economic Growth, Protesters Drown Out Local Voices at Bayou Bridge Hearing. February 9, 2017. Link

Rig Zone Study: Louisiana Pipeline Would Create 4,000-plus jobs. February 8, 2017. Link

The Hayride. Baton Rouge, LA. LSU Says The Bayou Bridge Pipeline Will Be Good For Louisiana's Economy. February 8, 2017. Link

The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA. The Acadiana Advocate. Lafayette, LA. LSU study finds $830 million impact from proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline. February 8, 2017. Link

Houma Today. Terrebonne Parish, LA. Propane Association discusses new oil pipeline. February 8, 2017. Link

CL Bryant Show. Shreveport, LA. 710 KEEL. Guest to discuss Bayou Bridge Pipeline. February 7, 2017. Link - Scroll to Minute 46

American Economic Association. Greg Upton on the boom and busy cycle in shale country. An interview at the 2017 AEA poster session. January 10, 2017. Link

Baton Rouge Business Report. Baton Rouge, LA. Was the Stelly Plan really revenue neutral? Baton Rouge Business Report. June 7 - June 20, 2016. ↓ download

The Town Talk. Alexandria, LA. LSU economist calls oil prices scapegoat for budget issues. April 7, 2016. Link

KALB. Alexandria, LA. Drop in oil prices having negative effect on state revenues. April 6, 2016. Link

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, Baton Rouge, LA. Industry Report': Some Say lifting ban on oil exports is premature. March 1, 2016. Link

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, Baton Rouge, LA. Will the end of the ban on exporting oil be good or bad for Louisiana? February 16, 2016. Link

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, Baton Rouge, LA. New horizons for petrochem. Removing the nation's oil export ban should help Louisiana in the long run, but the short-term impact isn't clear. Jan. 5-Jan. 18, 2016. ↓ download

Oilman, Norman, OK. Lifting Export Ban Could Make Gulf Coast 'Epicenter for Hydrocarbon Trading,' Study Says. December 28, 2015. Link

The Advertiser, Lafayette, LA. The Town Talk, Alexandria, LA. Could La. become 'epicenter' of global energy trade? December 22, 2015. Link

The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA. Scalise touts end to 40-year oil export ban, but upside in question. December 18, 2015. Link

The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA. Our Views: Repeal of ban on oil exports in newest omnibus may provide market boost. December 16, 2015. Link

The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, LA. The Advertiser, Lafayette, LA. In sight: End to crude oil export ban. December 16, 2015. Link

The Advocate. Baton Rouge, LA. Louisiana, U.S. consumers could see dampened benefit from lifting oil export ban. December 16, 2015. Link

The Advertiser. Lafayette, LA. Voices: We must shift the discussion on lifting oil export ban. December 8, 2015. Link

The Daily Comet. Lafourche Parish, LA. LSU study deflates predictions on both sides of oil export debate. December 5, 2015. Link

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. Baton Rouge, LA. LSU study claims lifting export crude ban would have little economic impact on Louisiana. December 1, 2015. Link

The Advocate. Baton Rouge, LA. LOOP seeks customers for planned crude loading facility. December 1, 2015. Link

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. LSU economist says lifting crude oil export ban carries risks, potential benefits for Louisiana. October 22, 2015. Link

The Advocate. Baton Rouge, LA. Crude exports could put Louisiana at center fo trade hub. October 21, 2015. Link

The Advocate. Baton Rouge, LA. Economists tell Louisiana Legislators to raise cigarette tax, cut inventory tax. March 10, 2015. Link

Dissertation

Essays on Incentives, Economic Conditions, and College Enrollment Decisions. ↓ download

Contact

gupton3@lsu.edu
(225) 578-4140