Robert L. Bradley Jr.

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Robert L. Bradley Jr. (born June 17, 1955) is CEO and founder of the Institute for Energy Research, and the author of several books on energy economics. He is also an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.; a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, Texas; and a visiting fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London.


Bradley grew up in Houston, Texas. He graduated from The Kinkaid School in 1973.[1] He received a B.A. in economics from Rollins College, where he received the S. Truman Olin award for the top student in economics. He attended Rollins on a full athletic scholarship and was captain and MVP of the men's tennis team in 1977.[2] He went on to receive a master's degree in economics from the University of Houston in 1980 (thesis: "Interpretations of the Wicksellian Idea"[3]) and in 1985 a Ph.D. in political economy (with distinction) from International College, Los Angeles, where the chairman of his dissertation committee was Murray Rothbard.[4] He spent the summer of 1977 in residence at the Institute for Humane Studies in Menlo Park, California, studying with Austrian-school economists, including Rothbard and Nobel Laureate F. A. Hayek.[5]


Bradley spent nearly 20 years in the business world, including 16 years at Enron, where for the last seven years he was corporate director for public policy analysis and speechwriter for Kenneth L. Lay.[6] His opposition to the company's so-called "green" energy policy is recounted on his web site[7]

He has been a senior research fellow at the University of Houston and at the Center for Energy Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. He received the Julian L. Simon Memorial Award in 2002 for his work on free market approaches to energy sustainability.[8]

He is the author of eight books on energy history and policy, including The Mirage of Oil Protection (1989); Oil, Gas, and Government: The U.S. Experience (2 vols.: 1996), which has been called "a landmark in regulatory studies";[9] Julian Simon and the Triumph of Energy Sustainability (2000); Climate Alarmism Reconsidered (2003); and (with Richard Fulmer) Energy: The Master Resource (2004), which Milton Friedman described as a "splendid" book that "effectively debunks the widespread predictions of energy doom."[10]

Bradley has edited two autobiographies: Done In Oil by J. Howard Marshall II (Texas A&M University Press, 1994) and Everyone Wins! A Life in Free Enterprise by Gordon Cain (Chemical Heritage Foundation, 1997).

Bradley is writing Political Capitalism: A Tetralogy, a business history and business best-practices book which documents the rise and fall of Enron. His first book, Capitalism at Work: Business, Government, and Energy (2009), was followed by Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies (2011)[11] and Enron Ascending: The Forgotten Years, 1984–1996 (2018).[12] The final volume, Contra-Capitalism: Enron and Beyond, is planned for publication in 2022.

In late 2008, Bradley founded the free-market energy and climate blog MasterResource.[13] As of January 2014, it was ranked a top twenty-five 'green blog' by Technorati.[14]


  1. ^ The Kinkaid School Annual Report, 2007–2008
  2. ^ "Robert Bradley '77" Rollins Magazine, Fall 2009
  3. ^ kanopiadmin (2014-08-18). "Interpretations of the Wicksellian Idea". Mises Institute. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  4. ^ Robert P. Murphy (August 27, 2011). "Tributes to Murray Rothbard at MasterResource". Mises Economics Blog. Ludwig von Mises Institute. Archived from the original on September 20, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  5. ^ "Libertarianism and Energy (Part I: Robert L. Bradley Jr. Interview with Professor Stephen Hicks)", MasterResource, January 7, 2911.
  6. ^ "The Robert Bradley Interview: Enron and Political Entrepreneurship" (PDF). Kaizen, Issue 13, August 2010, pp. 1-8.
  7. ^[clarification needed]
  8. ^ "Mitch Daniels To Deliver First Major Speech On Regulatory Reform". Competitive Enterprise Institute. May 17, 2002. Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
  9. ^ "Bradley's Magnum Opus on Oil and Gas Published" Archived 2012-07-02 at the Wayback Machine. Cato Policy Report. November/December 1995.
  10. ^ "Energy Policy 101". Cato Book Forum. January 24, 2005.
  11. ^ Scrivener Publishing, Capitalism at Work, Edison to Enron.
  12. ^ "Scrivener Publishing, Enron Ascending".
  13. ^ MasterResource
  14. ^ "Technorati: MasterResource, Site Details" Archived January 4, 2014, at the Wayback Machine

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