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Senior Research Associate (Economics & Policy)
Assistant Director, Energy Policy Research Group (ERPG)

MA (University of St Andrews), DPhil (University of Oxford)

Professional experience

Robert Ritz is Assistant Director of the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) at the University of Cambridge, Senior Research Associate in Economics & Policy at Cambridge Judge Business School, and a Fellow in Economics at Peterhouse. 

Robert serves as a member of the Academic Panel at the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) and Office of Gas & Electricity Markets (Ofgem). 

He is on the Scientific Committee of the Chair of the Economics of Natural Gas at MINES ParisTech and is an External Faculty Affiliate of MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR).

Robert is also a Principal at Vivid Economics, a London-based consultancy. He has advised a wide range of industrial clients, government departments and financial institutions on the financial impacts of carbon pricing and on strategic issues in the energy sector. 

He holds a DPhil in Economics from Nuffield College, Oxford University, an MA in Financial Economics from the University of St Andrews, and attended the University of Pennsylvania and its Wharton School as a visiting McNeil Scholar. 

He has taught economics at Oxford and Cambridge for over a decade.

Previous appointments

Before moving to Cambridge, Robert was a Career Development Fellow at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University and a Research Fellow with the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

Earlier in his career, he worked on corporate strategy at McKinsey & Company and on financial stability at the Bank of England.

Research interests

Robert’s research interests span industrial organisation, energy economics (oil & gas, electricity & carbon markets) and climate policy.

His current projects are on market-based environmental policy, the economics of cost pass-through, competition in global gas & LNG markets, and the design of high-renewables electricity systems.

Robert Ritz is a member of the Economics & Policy subject group.

Selected publications

Ritz, R.A. (2014) “Price discrimination and limits to arbitrage: an analysis of global LNG markets.” Energy Economics, 45: 324-332 (DOI: 10.1016/j.eneco.2014.07.013)

Ritz, R.A. and Walther, A. (2015) “How do banks respond to increased funding uncertainty?” Journal of Financial Intermediation, 24(3): 386-410 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jfi.2014.12.001)

Hahn, R.W. and Ritz, R.A. (2015) “Does the social cost of carbon matter? Evidence from US policy.” Journal of Legal Studies, 229-248 (DOI: 10.1086/680990)

Ritz, R.A. (2016) “How does renewables competition affect forward contracting in electricity markets?” Economics Letters, 146: 135-139 (DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2016.07.024)

Behar, A. and Ritz, R.A. (2017) “OPEC vs US shale: analyzing the shift to a market-share strategy.” Energy Economics, 63: 185-197 (DOI: 10.1016/j.eneco.2016.12.021)

Newbery, D., Pollitt, M.G., Ritz, R.A. and Strielkowski, W. (2018) “Market design for a high-renewables European electricity system.” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 91: 695-707 (DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2018.04.025)

Contact details

Robert Ritz
Energy Policy Research Group
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG

Tel: +44 (0)1223 766638

[email protected]

Visit Robert’s profile on the Energy Policy Research Group website