Kelly Eakin

Kelly Eakin

Senior Vice President

PhD, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

Kelly Eakin oversees the day-to-day operations of Christensen Associates Energy Consulting, LLC. In addition, he is involved with all the practice areas of Christensen Associates. Kelly’s area of expertise is the organization, performance, and regulation of industries, including antitrust analysis. He has conducted economic studies of hospitals, electric utilities, railroads, and the U.S. Postal Service, among other industries. Kelly has provided written and oral testimony in regulatory hearings before the Postal Regulatory Commission and the Surface Transportation Board. He testified before the Presidential Emergency Board 243 when it mediated an impasse between railroads and labor unions. Kelly was the project manager and one of the primary authors of A Study of Competition in the U.S. Freight Railroad Industry and Analysis of Proposals that Might Enhance Competition, an independent study produced for the Surface Transportation Board. Kelly’s major projects in the energy industry have included the development of innovative pricing and service designs, and the assessment of customer price responsiveness and product choice. Previously, Kelly worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) where he developed expertise in environmental and resource economics. Prior to his service with USDA, Kelly was on the faculty at the University of Oregon where he was active in the graduate programs for the Economics Department and the College of Business. His scholarly writings have been published in a number of prestigious journals, including The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Human Resources, and Southern Economic Journal. Kelly also co-edited two books, Pricing in Competitive Electricity Markets and Electricity Pricing in Transition.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys playing softball (although these days he is pretty much relegated to right field and catcher), water-skiing, casual bike riding around Madison, and taking road trips to other parts of the country.

News & Updates

Staggers Act Articles and Research Papers

January 03, 2011 - Christensen Associates researched and forecast the the impact of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980. Thirty years on, they return to the issues of railroad productivity, provide updated analysis, and review how well they foresaw the impacts of deregulation on the U.S. Freight Railroad industry.