Jannette Barth, Ph.D.

We are honored to present Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D. as a Trusted Adviser to Mothers for Sustainable Energy on economic questions of shale gas development. Dr. Barth is president of J.M. Barth & Associates, Inc., an economic consulting firm, and founder of Pepacton Institute LLC, a research organization. She has worked in the fields of economic analysis and econometric modeling and forecasting for over 35 years. She received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Dr. Barth’s former positions include Chief Economist at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Consultant and Account Manager at Chase Econometrics/Interactive Data Corporation, and she has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Dr. Barth’s areas of concentration include econometrics, public finance and industrial organization. She has evaluated economic decisions using various techniques, including econometric modeling, input-output analysis and cost-benefit analysis. She has applied these techniques in various industries and has experience in the development and evaluation of a wide variety of economic models and analyses, in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Since 1974, one professional focus of Dr. Barth has been estimating regional and local economic impacts, and she was retained to address selected economic impacts of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
As a landowner in Delaware County, New York, in the Marcellus Shale region, Dr. Barth became interested in the economic and environmental impacts of gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing techniques. She now writes and lectures frequently on this subject. Dr. Barth has testified at public hearings and has been a guest on radio and television programs focused on hydraulic fracturing. Several of her letters, testimony transcripts, articles and other documents can be found at www.catskillcitizens.org/barth, including “A Balance Sheet for New York State: What is New York State’s Net Equity from Shale Gas Development?”
A supporter of sustainable economic development, Dr. Barth volunteers much of her time applying her knowledge and experience to environmental and economic development issues. As she testified on November 30, 2011, at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Hearing in New York City, “The people of New York State and future generations deserve an unbiased and comprehensive assessment of what shale gas extraction might mean for our health, our environment, our quality of life and our economy. If our political leaders do not insist on this, then they have failed all of us.”