Research Interests: information value in natural resource markets, applied economics in industry and government
Chris Guo is an associate economist and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. At RAND, he has worked on comparing military and commercial best practices for improving aviation fuel efficiency, structuring investment incentives for a government venture capital initiative, and evaluating entrepreneurial opportunities from electric grid “big data.” His proficiencies lie in: (1) translating ideas from academic research to relevant economically-important areas; (2) developing simplified interactive toy models to explain the dynamics of complex systems; and (3) communicating concepts and findings to senior policymakers and the public. At the University of California, Santa Barbara, he received two separate National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowships: Economics and Environmental Science (EES) and Conversion of Energy through Molecular Platforms (ConvEne). Much of his graduate work dealt with decision-making under uncertainty, Bayesian statistics, and the value of information in natural resource markets. His dissertation investigated optimal R&D portfolio investment in the energy industry. Prior to graduate school, he spent time as an investment-banking analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.