Young Professional Research Competition


This webinar, scheduled to be on Oct 5th at 10am ET, features four finalists of the USAEE Young Professional Best Paper Award Competition, who will present their work to a panel of judges. The competition is open for young (35 years of age and below) energy economists working in academia, industry, government, and other organizations. The four finalists were selected through a very competitive first-round evaluation process. Each of the presenters will have 12 minutes to present their work and 8 minutes for Q&A with the judges and the audience. After the event, the judges will select the winner of the "Best Paper" award among the competitors, though all presenters are recognized for the quality of their work by being selected into the final competition.

The presentations will occur in this (randomly selected) order:

YP 21 Finalists

Marta Talevi - Yale School of the Environment

Marta Talevi Paper

Marta Talevi has a PhD in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE), and is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale School of the Environment (YSE). Marta's research interests are in applied microeconomics, with a focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation, (clean) energy access, and environmental justice. Current projects include research on the effectiveness of energy decarbonization programs and incentives for technology adoption, energy access (electrification and clean cooking), energy economics in humanitarian settings in Sub-Saharan Africa, and inequality in pollution exposure of marginalized groups.

Akshaya Jha - Carnegie Mellon University

Akshaya Jha Paper

Akshaya Jha is an assistant professor of economics and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University.  Jha's research examines the benefits and costs of economic and environmental policy pertaining to the coal and electricity sectors in the United States and India.  His recent work utilizes a combination of econometric, machine learning, and economic modeling techniques to study the phase-out of nuclear power in Germany, the introduction of purely financial participation to California’s wholesale electricity market, and the extent to which blackouts in India are due to upstream misallocation of wholesale electricity supply. He received his PhD in Economics from Stanford University and his B.S. in Economics and Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University.  For more information on his research, please visit

Yuting Yang - University of New Mexico


Yuting Yang Paper

Yuting Yang is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of New Mexico, specializing in environmental and energy economics. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics, her M.A. in Economics Development from Vanderbilt University, U.S., and her B.A. in International Economics from Zhejiang University, China. Yuting’s research primarily focuses on issues related to energy transition towards a low carbon economy, with an emphasis on energy policies in the electricity sector. Her current research includes work looking at the expansion of cross-border electricity transmission and its impact on energy transition and carbon emissions.

Imelda - Graduate Institute Geneva (IHEID)


Imelda Paper

Imelda is an assistant professor in the International Economics Department at the Graduate Insitute Geneva (IHEID) since 2021. She is an applied microeconomist with a research focus on Energy and Environmental Economics. In particular, her research explores the intersections of energy, health, gender, and environmental issues, looking at how clean energy transition and policies can improve welfare and market outcomes. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Padjadjaran (Indonesia) and obtained her PhD in Economics at the University of Hawaii in 2018. She did her postdoctoral research at the Department of Economics, Carlos III University in Madrid, where she investigates policies to achieve the clean energy transition at least cost. 


The moderator and the judges of the competition are:

Moderator: Yueming (Lucy) Qiu, University of Maryland College Park

Yueming (Lucy) Qiu is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at University of Maryland College Park. Her research group focuses on using big data with quasi-experimental and experimental methods to answer empirical questions related to the interactions among consumer behaviours, energy technologies, and incentives. Her research projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, Department of Defence, and Water Research Foundation. Dr. Qiu received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and B.S. from Tsinghua University.

Mark Agerton, UC Davis & Rice University’s Baker Institute

Mark Agerton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis and a nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies housed at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Agerton works on issues in energy and resource economics. His current research examines several aspects of the U.S. shale boom, including how firms learn where to drill, the economics of mineral leasing, constraints in midstream infrastructure, flaring, and methane emissions. Agerton earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Rice University, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a B.A. in Spanish from Davidson College.

Anna (Ebers) Broughel, Tetra Tech

Anna (Ebers) Broughel is a renewable energy economist at an engineering consulting firm Tetra Tech. Her most recent research reviewed over 60 international energy scenarios for 2040 and beyond, developing four main scenarios for post-COVID19 energy futures. Prior to joining Tetra Tech, she worked at the U.S. Department of Energy as a Science and Technology Fellow. During her post-doctoral training at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland and at the University of Maryland, College Park, she researched social acceptance of wind energy and other energy technologies. She holds a PhD in economics and policy from the State University of New York in association with Syracuse University, where she was a Fulbright scholar. Currently, she serves as a council member for the U.S. Association for Energy Economics and is a non-resident fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. In the past, Dr. Broughel has taught classes in energy policy and climate change as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Stephen Jarvis, London School of Economics

Stephen Jarvis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics. His research is mainly in the fields of economics and public policy, covering a range of energy and environmental topics, including electricity markets, climate change, air pollution and the political economy of clean energy. His most recent work studies the local planning barriers faced by wind and solar power projects. Stephen received his PhD from the University of California Berkeley.

Olivier Massol, IFP School in France

Olivier Massol is Professor of Economics  at the Center for Energy Economics and Management and Scientific Assistant Director at IFP School in France. From 2000 to 2007, he worked for Gaz de France (now Engie) – a utility company – as an economist and then a project manager. Olivier’s research interests and expertise are in applied economics and more specifically in the fields of Industrial Organization and Energy and Natural Resources Economics. His contributions concentrate on questions related to: (i) the monetization of natural resources; (ii) the economics of energy infrastructures; (iii) the modeling of strategic interactions in the energy industries, or (iv) the spatial integration of energy markets. Olivier is an elected council member of the French Association for Energy Economics and has been appointed Honorary Research Fellow of the Department of Economics at City, University of London.

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