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Stephen P.A. Brown

Energy economists worldwide were deeply saddened by the passing of Stephen P.A. Brown on May 6, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Steve had many close friends and much respect within the IAEE and USAEE. He was a mainstay at the organization’s many conferences, and he contributed significantly to the energy economics literature on topics such as macroeconomic and regional impacts of energy price shocks, the relationship between oil and natural gas pricing, and energy security. He coauthored the best article published in The Energy Journal in 2008 and the best article published in Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy during its first five years.

Steve was always excited about economic issues and his enthusiasm rubbed off on his colleagues, students, and co-authors. Everyone who had the privilege to collaborate with Steve found him to be very supportive, insightful, and always a full-fledged contributor. Brainstorming with Steve on research was not just productive, it was fun!

Steve was a USAEE Senior Fellow, University Fellow at Resources for the Future and Professor of Economics at UNLV. Serving as Editor in Chief at the journal, Energy Policy, he successfully rebuilt that publication and returned it to a prominent role. Earlier in his career, he was Assistant Vice President and Director of Energy Economics and Microeconomic Policy Analysis at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, an economist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. After graduating from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), he earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland.

His lifetime teammate and wife, Susan, encouraged him in so many ways, including his playing the guitar, love for music both recorded and live and, of course, dancing Argentine tango. We will miss him very much.

by Hill Huntington, Mine Yucel, and Nathan Balke