Ronald Ripple

Ron Ripple

Mervin Bovaird Professor of Energy Business and FinanceHelmerich Hall 309-A

Professor Ripple has studied oil and gas markets for over 32 years.  Ron joined the School of Finance, Operations Management, and International Business, Collins College of Business at The University of Tulsa in July 2013 following nearly five years with Curtin University in Perth, Australia where he was Director of the Centre for Research in Energy and Minerals Economics and taught into several masters and undergraduate programs across the university.  This followed several other academic postings including six years with the Department of Economics at Macquarie University in Sydney, with one year as Head of Department.  Ron has studied the economics of energy markets and the financial derivatives markets that play such an important role in this vital sector of the economy.  Professor Ripple has published numerous academic papers, trade press articles, energy industry reports, and book chapters.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Oregon, 1988
  • M.A., Economics, The Pennsylvania State University, 1980
  • B.S., Business Administration (Finance), The Pennsylvania State University, 1975

Areas of Academic Specialty

Economics of energy markets

Areas of Research Focus

Economics of energy markets

Previous Teaching Experience

  • July 2013-Present: Mervin Bovaird Professor of Energy Business and Finance, School of Finance, Operations Management, and International Business, Collins College of Business, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
  • January 2013-July 2013: Professor of Energy Economics, Department of Minerals and Energy Economics, Curtin Graduate School of Business, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
  • April 2009-January 2013: Professor of Energy Economics, Director, Centre for Research in Energy and Minerals Economics, Curtin Business School, Curtin University, Peerth, Australia
  • August 2008-April 2009: Professor of Mineral Economics, Head, Department of Mineral Economics, Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University
  • July 2002-July 2008: Associate Professor, Head (January 2007-February 2008), Department of Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • August 2001-May 2002: Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Finance, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • January 1998-December 2000: Visiting Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
  • August 1988-December 1988: Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Business, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • January 1987-July 1988: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, and Graduate Teaching Fellow, Department of Economics, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • January 2001-March 2001: Manager, Research and Development, Australian Derivatives Exchange, Sydney, Australia
  • August 1988-July 2002: Vice-President/Seniuor Economist, Economic Insight, Inc., Portland, Oregon, USA
  • July 1994-January 1996: Research Fellow, East-West Center, Coordinator - Pacific Islands Energy Project, Honolulu, HI, USA
  • September 1984-September 1986: Principal Economist, The McDowell Group, Juneau, Alaska, USA
  • July 1983-January 1984: Special Assistant to the Commissioner, Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development, Juneau, Alaska, USA
  • April 1981-July 1983: Senior Economist, Office of the Governor, State of Alaska, Office of Management and Budget/Division of Budget and Management, Juneau, Alaska, USA


  • The Asia-Pacific Natural Gas Market: Large Enough for All?
    With Roberto F. Aguilera and Julian Inchauspe, Energy Policy, under review.
  • International natural gas market integration
    with Raymond Li and Roselyne Joyeux, The Energy Journal, forthcoming.
  • Modeling Primary Energy Substitution in the Asia Pacific
    with Roberto F. Aguilera, Applied Energy, 2013, vol. 111, pp. 219-224.
  • Climate Change Policy: The Effect of Real Options Valuation on the Optimal Mitigation-Adaptation Balance
    with Bryan M. Maybee and Daniel J. Packey, Economic Papers, 31:2, June 2012, pp. 1-9.
  • Natural gas: Expect price to rise as market expands
    The Conversation,7 May 2012