Source: Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy | Nissa Dahlin-Brown | February 29, 2016

Rebecca Davis, a doctoral student in economics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, is one of three graduate students in the U.S. to win a National Bureau of Economic Research Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Energy Economics for the 2016-17 academic year.

The NBER sponsors dissertation fellowships for doctoral students in economics to encourage research in energy economics. Recipients are selected for their potential to make an important contribution to the field. The other two recipients are from Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Davis supports energy and environmental research projects at UT’s Baker Center and has co-authored several papers under Charles Sims, Baker Faculty Fellow in Energy and Environment.

“Rebecca will be investigating how market forces influence electricity generation companies to switch from coal to natural gas,” said Sims. “What she finds will help clarify the true cost of the EPA’s recent Clean Power Plan, which requires reductions in carbon emission from electricity generation plants.”

Davis will receive a $25,000 stipend, which includes up to $12,000 for tuition and up to $7,000 to support costs associated with data acquisition and travel to research meetings. Davis also will receive an invitation to the NBER Summer Institute meeting on Environmental and Energy Economics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in late July.

“We are very pleased for Rebecca and the Baker Center, as this award comes from the most prestigious body of economists in the country,” said Matt Murray, director of the Baker Center.

Davis is from Elkins, West Virginia. She earned her master’s degree in economics from UT and her bachelor’s degree in economics from West Virginia Wesleyan College.