Peter M. Schwarz, Professor of Economics and Public Policy
and Associate, Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and
Visiting Professorship, China University of Mining and Technology
Office Phone (704) 687-7614 Fax: (704) 687-6442
Email pschwarz@ uncc.edu
Ph.D. Economics, 1980 The Ohio State University
M.A. Economics, 1975 The Ohio State University
B.S. Mathematics, 1973 The City College of New York
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Economics 1978 -
Full Professor since 1993, Economics Department Chair 1997-2000,
Senior Economist, off-site, Research Triangle Institute 1995-2004.
Global Institute of Energy and Environmental Systems, Senior Faculty Associate 2001- 2008, Faculty Fellow IDEAS 2009 - and
China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou China, Visiting Professor April 2007-
Energy Production and Infrastructure Center Associate 2013-
Energy and Environmental Economics, Law and Economics, Public Policy, Managerial Economics, Industrial Organization and Regulated Industry
Courses Taught: Economic Analysis for Public Policy (Public Policy Ph.D. program), Energy and Environmental Economics (UNC Charlotte and MBA Monterrey Tech, EGADE, Monterrey, Mexico), Environmental Sustainability (MBA), Law and Economics, Public Finance (UNC Charlotte and China University of Mining and Technology MPA), Industrial Organization and Regulated Industry, Managerial Economics (EMBA- Academic Primus, Taipei, Taiwan and MBA, undergraduate UNC Charlotte), Principles of Economics- Macro, Principles of Economics- Micro, Foundations of Economics (MBA Monterrey Tech, EGADE, Monterrey, Mexico).
Refereed Journal Articles
"Land Aggregation Using Contingent and Guaranteed Payments," Southern Economic Journal (co-authored with Arthur Zillante and Dustin Read), forthcoming January 2014.
"Renaissance or Requiem: Is Nuclear Energy Cost-Effective in a Post Fukushima World?" Contemporary Economic Policy, (co-authored with Joseph Cochran), Vol. 31, No. 4, October 2013, 691–707, October 2012.
"Using real-time electricity data to estimate response to time-of-use and flat rates: an application to emissions," Journal of Regulatory Economics, (co-authored with Thomas N. Taylor and James Cochell),vol. 42, issue 2, pages 135-158, October 2012.
"Comparing Contaminated Property Redevelopment for Mandatory and Voluntary Cleanup Programs in California," Journal of Environmental Management (Peter Schwarz, Craig Depken II, Alex Hanning, and Kristen Peterson) Vol. 90, Issue 12, pp. 3730-3735 (September, 2009).
"Animal House: Economics of Pets and the Household," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, (co-authored with Jennifer Troyer and Jennifer Beck Walker) Vol. 7, No. 1 (Contributions), Article 35 (2007).
"Multiple Pollutant Efficiency Standards for Electricity Production," Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 23, No. 3, July 2005, pp. 341-356. (Editor’s Choice Award 2006).
"24/7 Hourly Response to Electricity Real-Time Pricing with up to Eight Years Experience," Journal of Regulatory Economics, (co-authored with Thomas N. Taylor and James Cochell), Vol. 27, No. 3, May 2005, pp. 235-262.
"Renewable Energy from Gasification of Manure: An Innovative Technology in Search of Fertile Policy," Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Special edition on Innovative Technologies and Policies for Waste Management," John Buckley and Peter Schwarz, Vol. 84, No. 1-2, May 2003, 111-127.
"Industrial Response to Electricity Real-Time Prices: Short-Run and Long-Run," Economic Inquiry (co-authored with Thomas N. Taylor, Matthew Birmingham and Shana L. Dardan), Vol. 40, No. 4, Oct. 2002, 597-610.
"Advance Notice of Real-Time Electricity Prices," Atlantic Economic Journal, Vol. 28, No. 4, Thomas Taylor and Peter Schwarz, December 2000, pp. 478-488.
"Cold Hands, Warm Hearth: Climate, Net Takeback, and Household Comfort," Energy Journal, Vol. 16, No. 1 (co-authored with Thomas Taylor), March 1995, pp. 41-53.
"Does Apartment Energy Efficiency Improve When Tenants Pay the Bill?" International Journal of Energy Systems, Vol. 11, No. 2, June 1991, pp. 91-95.
"The Long-Run Effects of a Time-of-Day Demand Charge," Rand Journal of Economics, Vol. 21, No. 3, Autumn 1990, pp. 431-445 (co-authored with Thomas Taylor).
"Public Utility Pricing Under Risk -- The Case of Self-Rationing: Comment and Extension," American Economic Review, Vol. 77, No. 4, September 1987, pp. 734-739 (with Thomas Taylor).
"A Residential Demand Charge: Evidence from the Duke Power Time-of-Day Experiment," Energy Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2, April 1986, pp. 311-327 (with Thomas Taylor).
"On the Pricing of Public Goods: Comment," Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 51, No. 2, October 1984, pp. 598-600.
"The Estimated Effects on Industry of Time-of-Day Demand and Energy Electricity Prices," Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. 32, No. 4, June 1984, pp. 523-539.
"Ex Ante Evidence of Backwardation/Contango in Commodities Futures Markets," Journal of Futures Markets, Vol. 2, No. 2, 1982, pp. 159-168 (with Thomas J. O’Brien).
Other Publications: Books, Chapters in Books, Non-Refereed Articles, Grant Reports
Energy Economics, (under contract) Routledge Publishing Company, Oxford, Great Britain. Anticipate completion 2014.
Essay, "Brownfields" for Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: An Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO Publishing, forthcoming.
Essay, "Natural Resource Economics" for Encyclopedia of Sustainability, V4: Natural Resources & Sustainability, Berkshire Publishing, 2012.
Environmental Economics, in Economics for Today, 6e (Chapter 14), Irvin Tucker, International Thomson, 2010.
Editorial "Sustaining sustainability: Approaches and contexts, Journal of Environmental Management, (Hilary Inyang, Peter Schwarz, and Godwin Mbamalu) Vol. 90, Issue 12, pp. 3687-3689 (September, 2009).
Book Review of New Approaches on Energy and the Environment: Policy Advice for the President, Richard Morgenstern and Paul Portney, Eds., Environmental Economics (invited review)http://www.env-econ.net/, January 2006.
Book Review of You Don’t Always Get What You Pay For: The Economics of Privatization, by Elliott Sclar, Urban Affairs Review (invited review), Vol. 39, No. 2, November 2003, pp.275-277.
"Taxes, Trading, or Tandem: Alternatives for Achieving Efficient Air Quality," Critical Issues in International Environmental Taxation, CCH Incorporated, (co-authored with John Buckley), Chicago, IL, 2002, 561-576.
"Collaring the Risk of Real-Time Prices: A Merchant Strategy for Utilities," Public Utilities Fortnightly, (co-authored with Thomas N. Taylor) Vol. 137, No. 9, October 1999, pp. 52-58.
"Despite Political Foot-Dragging, Electricity Deregulation is Coming," Charlotte Business Journal, Vol. 13, Number 51, March 19, 1999, p. 44.
Book Review of Brennan, et al., A Shock to the System: Restructuring America’s Electricity Industry, Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 64, No. 2, October 1997, pp. 592-594.
"Sparks Will Fly as Utilities Flick Switch on Competition," Business North Carolina, November, 1996.
"Wrong Direction: The Charlotte Metro Transit Plan Ignores Experience, Carolina Journal, John Locke Foundation, Vol. 4, No. 3, October-November, 1994, pp. 23-25
MANAGER: Software for Managerial Economics, with KemTech Software Company, Richard D. Irwin, Inc. 1991
"Greenhouse Effect: What's It Mean to Business? Business Journal, Vol. 4, No. 39, January 1990, pp. 5,19 (with Gaines Liner).
Energy Efficiency in North Carolina Rental Housing, North Carolina Alternative Energy Corporation, September 1986 (multiple authors).
External Grants and Contracts:
Verifying the Social, Environmental, and Economic Promise of Brownfield Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, $200,000, Brownfields Training, Research, and Technical Assistance Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program, BFRES-04-02, Peter Schwarz, Ken Godwin, Ken Chilton, Co- Principal Investigators, 2005-2008.
'Near' Real-Time Pricing and Price Uncertainty: An Investigation of Advance Notice, $69,628, Department of Energy Grant, Instrument No. DE-FG48-95R810582, Principal Investigator, 1995-1996.
Energy Efficiency in North Carolina Rental Housing, North Carolina Alternative Energy Corporation, approximately $30,000, 1986.
Presentations since 2000:
"The Effects of Brownfields and Brownfield Remediation on Property Values: Evidence for the New South City of Charlotte, NC," Western Economics Association, Seattle WA, forthcoming June 28- July 2, 2013.
"Using real-time electricity data to estimate response to time-of-use and flat rates: an application to emissions," Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC), UNC Charlotte, April 30, 2013, ZEW, Mannheim Germany, June 25-26, 2012, and University of North Carolina Greensboro seminar, Oct. 14, 2011.
Renaissance or Requiem: Is Nuclear Energy Cost-Effective in a Post Fukushima World?" Eastern Economics Association, Boston, MA, March, 2012.
"The Effects of Industrial Real-Time Pricing on Electric Utility Emissions," Rutgers University Advanced Workshop in Regulation and Public Utility Economics, Skytop, PA, May, 2011 and International Association of Energy Economics, Stockholm, Sweden, June 2011. Also at American Economic Association, Atlanta, GA, January 3, 2010.
"The Impact of Eminent Domain on Holdout," Southern Economics Association, Atlanta, GA, November 20-22, 2010.
"The Risk Based Approach to Brownfield Redevelopment: Model and Simulation," Society for Environmental Law and Economics (inaugural meeting), University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, Vancouver BC, Canada, March 27-28, 2009.
"Property Values and Brownfield Redevelopment in Charlotte, NC," Atlantic Economic Association, also session organizer, Economic Impacts and Property Values, Savannah, GA, Oct. 7-10, 2007.
"The Risk-Based Approach to Brownfield Redevelopment: Is Less Cleanup Better?," Environmental Protection Agency, Market Mechanisms and Incentives: Applications to Environmental Policy, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC, October 17-18, 2006.
"Predicting a Generalized Threshold for Extreme Values in Electricity Price Distributions," Rutgers University Advanced Workshop in Regulation and Public Utility Economics, Skytop, PA, May, 2006. Also at International Association for Energy Economics, Potsdam, Germany, June 2006.
"Incentives for Brownfield Redevelopment," Southern Economic Association, November 2005, Washington, DC.
"Comparing Contaminated Properties Subject to CERCLA and RBA: The Case of California," International Conference on Energy, Environment, and Disasters (INCEED), July 2005, Charlotte, NC.
"Animal House: Economics of Pets and the Household," Western Economics Association, San Francisco, CA, July, 2005.
"Brownfield Redevelopment and Reduced Buyer Liability." Western Economics Association, Contemporary Economic Policy invited session, Vancouver, BC, July, 2004.
"Demand Side Response to Electricity Real-Time Prices." Presented at Electricity Workshop on Security of Supply: Operating Reserves and Capacity Markets, Transmission and Interconnection, and Demand Response, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington, DC, March 2004.
"Incentives for Brownfield Cleanup and Reuse: An Environmental Free Lunch?" Earth Week Lecture Series Sponsored by the Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling and the College of Architecture, April 2004
"Multiple Pollutant Efficiency Standards for Electricity Production," Midwest Economics Association, St. Louis, MO, March 28-30, 2003. Also at Davidson College, March 14, 2003; UNC Charlotte, March 21, 2003, Western Economics Association, Contemporary Economic Policy invited session, Denver, CO, July 11-15, 2003, University of Colorado Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, July, 2004.
"Industrial Customer Hourly Response to Electricity Real-Time Pricing: Short Run and Long Run," Rutgers University Advanced Workshop in Regulation and Public Utility Economics, Lake Tahoe, CA, June, 2002. Also at International Congress of Energy and Natural Resource Economics, Monterey, CA June 2002.
"Taxes, Trading, or Tandem: Alternatives for Achieving Efficient Air Quality," Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, Vancouver, Canada, April 1-3, 2001.
"Response of Industrial Customers to Real-Time Electricity Prices: Short-Run and Long-Run," Rutgers University Advanced Workshop in Regulation and Public Utility Economics, Lake George, NY, May 24-26, 2000.
Selected Professional Activities Since 2000:
Session Chair, Energy, Solar Power, and Efficiency, and discussant, Energy Economics, Southern Economics Association, Seattle WA, forthcoming, June 28- July 2, 2013.
Collaboration with China University of Mining and Technology to establish consortium on alternative energies, forthcoming, Xuzhou, China April 17-24, 2011.
Guest Co-Editor, Journal of Environmental Management, Special Issue: Sustainability of Industrial and Environmental Systems, Vol. 90, No. 12, September 2009.
Public Finance course, China University of Mining and Technology, XuZhou, China, June 2009.
Presentations to Mecklenburg Planning Department and to American Society of Public Administrators on Brownfields, Brownfield Redevelopment, and Property Values, December 8, 2008 and January 8, 2009.
Session organizer, Environmental Impacts and Property Values, Atlantic Economic Association, Savannah, Georgia, October 2007.
Invited lecture, "Environmental Policy: Implications for China," China University of Mining and Technology, XuZhou, China, April 2007.
Invited talk, "An Integrated Approach to Measuring the Benefits of Brownfield Redevelopment: Economic, Social, and Environmental Benefits," North Carolina A & T University, Energy and Environmental Studies Doctoral Program, February 16, 2007.
Session organizer, Brownfield Redevelopment, Southern Economic Association, sponsored by Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Washington, DC, November 2005.
Planning Committee, International Conference on Energy, Environment, and Disasters (INCEED), Charlotte, NC, July 2005.
Invited to advisory group for project sponsored by California Energy Commission on industrial customer response to real-time electricity rates of Niagara Mohawk, 2004-2006.
Assisted Foundation for the Carolinas in relating economic trends in the region to targeting grants for the development of social capital, March 2003.
Presentation to Women’s Investment Group, "Outlook for the U.S. Economy and Stock Market," January 10, 2003.
Assisted Mecklenburg Department of Environmental Protection on proposal to implement Accelerated Vehicle Retirement Program, 2002.
Assisted Charlotte Advocates for Education on economic effects of lotteries on public education.
Consultant to First Union Bank in case concerning used car certification, 2001.
Presentation to Jewish Community Center series, "Charlotte's Worsening Air Quality and What to Do About It," November 29, 2000. Also presented to Rotary Club, Fall 2001.
Frequent interviews with local radio, TV, newspapers, especially on airline and energy issues.
Selected University and Community Service since 2000:
Assisted in establishment of energy management concentration in MBA program, Spring 2013.
University Graduate Council
College MBA Committee
Department Personnel Committee Chair 2011- ,2009-2010, 2006-2008.
Bonnie Cone Fellowship Committee, 2009-2011
Ph.D. in Public Policy Governance Committee, 2009 -
College Diversity Task Force 2005-2006.
Chair – Economics Department Undergraduate Curriculum Committee 2004-2007.
Member – College Undergraduate Affairs Committee, 2004-2007.
Member – College Nominations Committee, 2004-2005, 2005-2006.
Course on Law and Economics taped and presented on Time-Warner Cable Channel 22, Fall 2003.
Infrastructure and Environmental Systems task force. Developed proposal to implement Ph.D. program in Infrastructure and Environmental Systems, received approval November 2003.
Aug. 2001 – Apr. 2002 "Breathe" stakeholder. Selected by Charlotte-Mecklenburg to serve on stakeholders group to make recommendations to County Commission on actions needed to improve Charlotte-Mecklenburg air quality.
2002-2008: Public Policy Ph.D. program Admissions Committee member.
2001: Economics for Public Policy (Search Committee for Director of Public Policy Ph.D; Admissions Committee)
BellSouth Consumer Affairs Council 1986 - 2000.
Recent Honors and Awards:
Associate, Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC), UNC Charlotte.
Spring 2011 (also in Spring 2003): Reassignment of Duties, awarded semester to work on research.
2011, 2006, 2002, 2000, 1995: Invited by Rutgers University Advanced Workshop in Public Utility Economics and Regulation to talk on Electricity Real-Time Pricing and related topics.
2011: Faculty Research Grant, "Estimating Industrial and Commercial Customer Short- and Long-Run Response to Real-Time Electricity Prices using a Continuous-Price Response Model and Up to Seventeen Years of Data."
2010: Faculty Research Grant, "The Effects of Industrial Real-Time Pricing on Electric Utility Emissions."
2010: Teaching Grant, "Environmental Sustainability for MBA-21 Program," with Denis Arnold and Nabil Elias.
2008: BB & T Capitalism and Morality Research Grant ($36,000), "Examining Alternative Mechanisms to Eminent Domain for Land Aggregation" (with Artie Zillante and Dustin Read).
2008: College of Business Outstanding Service Award
2008: College of Business Outstanding Paper Award "Animal House: Economics of Pets and the Household," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, (co-authored with Jennifer Troyer and Jennifer Beck Walker) Vol. 7, No. 1 (Contributions), Article 35 (2007).
2008: O’Herren Grant ($7500) to develop course in the ‘New’ Managerial Economics using the economics of organization.
2007: Appointed Visiting Professor, China University of Mining and Technology
2007: MBA Research Award
2006: Editor’s Choice Award, Contemporary Economic Policy, "Multipollutant Efficiency Standards for Electricity Production," published July 2005.
2006, 2007: MBA Research Award
2005-2007: Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Total funding $200,000.
2005: Childress-Klein Research Award
2004: Electricity Security Workshop, sponsored by Netherlands Embassy (Invited).
2004: University of Colorado Workshop on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, July.
2001: Appointed Senior Faculty Fellow, Global Institute of Energy and Environmental Systems (GIESS).
1999: Invited by Nankai University to speak on U.S. Economy Now and in the Future, Tianjin, P. R. China.
1999: Invited to present in UNC Charlotte Spotlight on Research Series on Electricity Industry of the Future and Electricity Prices, broadcast on Time-Warner Cable Channel 22.
1998: Invited to teach Energy and Environmental Economics on University-owned Cable Channel, broadcast on Time-Warner Cable Channel 22.
1996: Grant from U.S. Department of Energy. Total funding just under $70,000.
1996: Invited by Israeli Electric Company to talk on Electricity Real-Time and Near-Real-Time Pricing, Tel Aviv, Israel
1996: College of Business Outstanding Scholarship Award
Recent Masters and Doctoral Thesis Committees
Chair, "Effect of Electricity Prices on Demand for Energy Efficient Appliances," Michael Herron, MS in Economics, Completed December 2012
Chair, "Residential Customer Response to Duke Energy Experimental Smart Grid Time-Sensitive Rates ," Madhuri Sharma, MS in Economics, Completed December 2012.
Chair, "Factors Determining RPS Design, Implementation and Outcomes: Who Influences These Policies and are the Outcomes Efficient?" Joseph Cochran, Ph.D. student in Public Policy, In Progress (Topic Approval received April 2013).
Committee Member, "Economic Development and Pollution in China," Hualiu Yang, Ph.D. student in Public Policy, In Progress.
Committee Member, "Real-Time pricing and System Reliability," Mojtaba Khanabadi, Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, In Progress.
Assistance in determining damages in cases involving hospitals and banks. Also forensic economics applied to family law.
References available upon request