Professor Arthur van Benthem is passionate about empowering future energy leaders. As a Wharton Business School assistant professor of business economics and public policy at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), he teaches hundreds of students – both MBA students and undergraduates – about the complex dynamics surrounding energy in all of its forms. While there are many ways we can look at energy markets, he wants his students to analyze them from an economist’s perspective.
Van Benthem said his students have a unique opportunity to enter an industry that’s increasingly turbulent but one that desperately needs significant creativity and new ways of thinking more than ever before.
Benthem, who worked on Shell’s Scenarios Team for two years, has taught at Wharton since 2012 and developed an energy-focused curriculum soon after he arrived.
He teaches a popular energy markets and policy course that focuses on market power, scarcity, energy prices, the impact of deregulation on electricity and fossil fuel markets, uncertainty and geopolitical risk in hydrocarbon investments, the environmental impact and policies related to the energy sector, cap-and-trade markets, the economics and finance of renewable energy, etc.