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Cornell University Cornell Brooks Public Policy

Global Infrastructure Teaching and Training Experience

Since 1992, Dr. Geddes has developed and presented executive level trainings, seminars, Congressional testimony and conference presentations on PPPs, economic policy, regulatory and utilities reform, especially in the surface transportation, electricity, and postal sectors. He has delivered presentations and trainings for high-level government, public and private sector officials in Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Canada, China, France, Israel, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam. Dr. Geddes has more than 20 years experience teaching and lecturing at some of the U.S.’s most prestigious universities, including Yale, Chicago, Cornell and Fordham, largely on issues of economics, corporate governance and the regulation of industry. The following list includes examples of domestic and international executive level trainings, seminars, Congressional testimony and conference presentations that Dr. Geddes has prepared and delivered:  

  • Recent Developments in U.S. Surface Transportation Policy, Australian Government’s Productivity Commission and Australian Department of Treasury
  • Public-Private Partnerships in U.S. Surface Transportation, Presentation at the Real Colegio Complutense and Harvard University
  • Regulatory Reform: The Economic-Advisor Perspective, the 4th annual seminar on Government Restructuring: Privatization, Regulation and Competition, Grup de Recerea en Politiques
  • Recent Developments in the Airline Industry, Meeting of Financial Executives International
  • Regulatory Reform and Public-Private Issues in the Energy Sector, World Bank
  • Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives on transportation policy, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Why Do State Adopt Public-Private Partnership Enabling Laws? University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Private Investment in U.S. Surface Transportation Infrastructure, University of Florida
  • Deregulating Public Utilities: The American Experience. Institution, Markets, and Economics Performance: Deregulation and Its Consequences, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Electricity Restructuring. Center for Market Processes’ Seminar for U.S. Congressional Staff, Canon House Office Building, Washington, DC. 
  • The Role of the Private Sector in the Generation, Transmission, and Distribution of Electricity. Minerals and Energy Forum, Vietnam. 
  • The Benefits of Private Sector Involvement in Power Generation and Distribution. 10th International General Meeting of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, Malaysia. 
  • The Public Perception of Nuclear Power in the United States. The Sixth Annual Minerals and Energy Forum, China. 
  • Privatization and Contracts in the Electric Utility Industry. USAID Seminar on Natural Monopolies, Structure and Pricing Decisions, Austria.
  • Managerial Monitoring in the Electric Utility Industry. Meetings of the American Economic Association and Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission. 

In addition to his teaching and research at Cornell University, Dr. Geddes served as a Commissioner on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, which submitted its report to Congress in January 2008. He has held positions as a Senior Staff Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, Visiting Faculty Fellow at Yale Law School, and National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. His published work has appeared in over a dozen peer-reviewed journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Regulatory Economics, the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, and Managerial and Decision Economics, among others. This year, Dr. Geddes’ book on private infrastructure investment in the U.S. was published: The Road to Renewal: Private Investment in U.S. Transportation Infrastructure. He is also the author of Policy Issues in U.S. Transportation Public-Private Partnerships: Lessons from Australia, in which he examines Australia’s experience with transportation PPPs and the lessons to be learned from that experience. Specifically, he focuses on four policy issues: (1) how the risks inherent in PPP contracts should be distributed across public and private sector partners; (2) when and how to use non-compete (or compensation) clauses in PPP contracts; (3) how concerns about monopoly power are best addressed; and (4) the role and importance of concession length.  

Dr. Geddes received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He has a B.A. in Economics and Finance from Towson State University.