Donald Jones is a Senior Economist and Vice President at RCF. Among his activities at RCF, he has led the international mail demand forecasting for the U.S. Postal Service, co-led the University of Chicago study of the future of nuclear power and a report to Congress for the Department of Energy on employment impacts of a transition to a hydrogen economy and has led projects on environmental impacts of offshore energy development and on species preservation. He testified before Congress twice on the nuclear power report.
Prior to joining RCF, Dr. Jones served as a research staff member and economist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His experience included energy project and program evaluation (U.S. and Third World), risk management, investment in new technologies, land use and deforestation, economics of R&D, value of power system reliability, commercial real estate, corporate incentive structures, infrastructure productivity and benefit estimation, transportation demand and fatality forecasting, and macroeconomic impacts of oil price shocks.
He is author or co-author of four monographs, one edited volume, over 50 articles in professional journals, and numerous technical reports. A number of his articles have been reprinted in collections of readings and classic articles in their fields. He has taught on the faculties of the Universities of Chicago, Colorado, and Tennessee. He is currently adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. in Geography with a concentration in economics from the University of Chicago.