5th Eubank Conference on Real World Markets


Apr 16, 2019

A Focus on Energy

March 26-27, 2015
Baker Institute, Duncan Hall, Rice University

Hosted by:
Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems (CoFES) 
Department of Statistics
George R. Brown School of Engineering
Baker Institute for Public Policy Energy Forum of the Center for Energy Studies
School of Social Sciences

Conference Agenda

Thursday, March 26
Baker Institute

8:30–9:00 am


Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00–9:20 am


Welcome and Opening Remarks
Katherine B. Ensor, Professor of Statistics; Director, CoFES

Ramon Gonzalez, Director, Energy and Environment Initiative (EEI)

9:20–10:20 am


Session I: Political Landscape and Changing Market Dynamics
Session Chair: Katherine B. Ensor



ISIL, Ukraine and Energy Markets
Joe Barnes, Bonner Means Baker Fellow, Baker Institute

10:20–10:35 am



10:35–11:30 am


Grounding Energy Market Uncertainty in Fundamental Analysis
Kenneth Medlock, III, Rice University

11:30–12:00 pm


The Future of Long-Term LNG Contracts
Peter R. Hartley, Rice University

12:00–1:00 pm





Session II: Market Dynamics and Investing in Large Capital Projects
Session Chair: John A. Dobelman

1:00–2:00 pm


Moody’s Analytics Off and Running
Chris Lafakis, Rice University

2:00–2:30 pm


Unconventional Reservoirs: How Transformative Knowledge and Enabling Technologies are Changing the Market Dynamics in North America
Jeff Tooth, Chief Advisor, Korea National Oil Corporation, Global Technology & Research Centre (GTRC)

2:30–2:45 pm





Session III: Federal, State and Local Economic Outlook
Session Chair: Gary C. Marfin, Associate Dean of Engineering, Rice University

2:45–3:30 pm


2015 Texas Economic Outlook: Tapping on the Brakes
Keith Phillips, Senior Economist and Research Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch

3:30–4:15 pm


Here we go again!: Houston and the Drilling Downturn of 2014 – 2017
Robert W. Gilmer, Director of the Institute for Regional Forecasting, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston

4:15–5:15 pm


Panel Discussion



Joe Barnes, Bonner Means Baker Fellow, Baker Institute

William Sirakos, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Economist and Capital Markets Division Head Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc., San Antonio

James R. Thompson, Noah Harding Professor of Statistics

Edward E. Williams, Professor Emeritus at Rice University

5:15–7:15 pm


Reception, Banquet & Awards



Keynote Lecture



The Golden Constant Revisited: The ‘Tightness’ of the Gold-Oil Price Ratio from the 1970s to 2015
Brian Domitrovic, Professor & Chair, Department of History, Sam Houston State University


Friday, March 27
Duncan Hall

8:30–9:00 am





Short Course, Room 3076



Investing for Profit: A Data-Based Approach
Edward E. Williams and John A. Dobelman

9:00–12:00 pm


Short Course, McMurtry Auditorium



Introduction to Quantitative Financial Analytics
Yesheya Adler and Matthew Dehley, Department of Statistics

12:00 pm


Conference Concludes