Robert L. Bradley Jr. is an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute and of the Competitive Enterprise Institute; a visiting fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London; and an honorary senior research fellow at the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the founder and chief executive officer of the Institute for Energy Research, a 501(c) 3 educational foundation with offices in Washington, D.C. and Houston. Bradley’s public-policy approach combines an understanding of the historical record with market-process economics and libertarian social theory.

Bradley is author, most recently, of Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies, his seventh book. Of his previous titles, Capitalism at Work: Business, Government, and Energy, applies the capitalist worldview to corporate and energy controversies and is featured on his website Bradley’s primer, Energy: The Master Resource, is the inspiration for the leading free-market energy blog,

Bradley, who holds a BA and MA in economics and a PhD in political economy, received the Julian L. Simon Memorial award in 2002 for his work on free market approaches to energy sustainability.

More from Robert L. Bradley Jr.

Cato Studies

The Increasing Sustainability of Conventional Energy

Policy Analysis No. 341. April 22, 1999.

Renewable Energy: Not Cheap, Not “Green”

Policy Analysis No. 280. August 27, 1997.

What Now for U.S. Energy Policy? A Free-Market Perspective

Policy Analysis No. 145. January 29, 1991.

Cato Reviews & Journals

On the Origins of the Sherman Antitrust Act

Cato Journal. Winter 1990.


Enron Ascending: The Forgotten Years (1984–1996)

September 20, 2018. Book Forum.

Trump’s Energy Policy: Promise or Peril?

February 22, 2017. Policy Forum.