Gregory Brian Upton, Jr.
Center for Energy Studies
Louisiana State University
1071 Energy, Coast and Environment Bldg.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-4140 / Fax: 225-578-4541
Dr. Greg Upton is Associate Research Professor at the Louisiana State University Center for Energy Studies. His research interests are related to the analysis of economic, environmental and public policy issues in the energy industry.
During his tenure at LSU, Dr. Upton has addressed a number of topical energy issues of significance to Louisiana, including Louisiana mineral taxes, solar tax credits, and net metering policies, the impact of the oil price collapse on Louisiana’s budgetary challenges, and implications of the crude oil export ban’s lifting on the Louisiana economy, among others. He has presented research on these topics to more than 100 industry, governmental, and academic audiences, and has been quoted or cited approximately 100 times in local and national media, including the Wall Street Journal and NPR’s Marketplace. He has written guest columns about energy related issues affecting Louisiana appearing in the Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Acadiana Advocate, Baton Rouge Business Report, New Orleans’ Times-Picayune, Lafayette’s Daily Advertiser, and Public Utilities Fortnightly Magazine.
He co-authors two yearly economic outlooks. The Louisiana Economic Outlook (LEO), with Dr. Loren Scott, includes employment forecasts for both Louisiana and its metro areas. The LEO has been ongoing for 40 years. The Gulf Coast Energy Outlook (GCEO), with Dr. David Dismukes, is a work product of the LSU Center for Energy Studies and includes forecasts of oil and gas sectors in Louisiana and Texas.
Dr. Upton holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Louisiana State University where he also received both an M.A. in economics and a B.S. in economics with a concentration in empirical analysis. He is a member of professional organizations including the American Economic Association (AEA), International Association of Energy Economics (IAEE), and the Southern Economic Association (SEA). He has taught courses the Department of Environmental Sciences and Department of Economics at LSU and is a program faculty member at Michigan State University’s Institute of Public Utilities.