Oil and gas investments, global commodity pricing topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Nov. 9


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Oil and gas investments, global commodity pricing topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Nov. 9

HOUSTON – (Nov. 6, 2012) – Energy experts from government, industry and academia will analyze influences on oil and gas investments as well as future directions for global commodity pricing Nov. 9 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. 

Who: Energy experts, including Bart Chilton, commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Howard Gruenspecht, deputy administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration; and Ken Medlock, the Baker Institute’s James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the institute’s Center for Energy Studies.

What: “Globalization and Energy Markets: Investment and Commodity Price Cycles” conference.

When: Friday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St. (Lunch will be served in the Doré Commons).

The conference will analyze the interaction between the oil investment cycle and the general business cycle, including the manner in which the global economy and capital investment patterns are influenced by oil price shocks. During the event, Baker Institute researchers will preview new economic modeling approaches aimed at improving the understanding of how the business and oil investment cycles impact energy commodity markets. Additionally, speakers from government, Wall Street, industry and academia will engage in a discussion of the influences on oil and gas investments, as well as future directions for global commodity pricing.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

To view the complete event agenda, visit http://bakerinstitute.org/events/globalization-and-energy-market-investment-and-commodity-price-cycles.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.