Eric Janzen is an economic commentator and former venture capitalist. He founded the financial advisory company iTulip.[citation needed]

Janszen wrote an analysis of economic bubbles in a 2008 Harper's Magazine article speculated that a future alternative energy bubble might appear and then burst in the mid-2010s.[1] Janszen has served as president and CEO of RF control technology company AutoCell Laboratories, Inc., entrepreneur in residence at Trident Capital, president and CEO of Bluesocket, Inc., and managing director of seed stage investment firm Osborn Capital.[citation needed] He holds a Bachelor of Science in Resource Economics ('04) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[citation needed]

Peak Cheap OilEdit

Eric Janszen coined the phrase Peak Cheap Oil in 2006.[citation needed] The phrase refers to the idea that relatively low-cost (below $50/bbl) oil production has already peaked and entered decline. The key concept is that while overall global production might continue to grow as a result of exotic non-conventional production technologies, conventional production has already peaked, and therefore the era of relatively inexpensive oil production has ended. Peak Cheap Oil proponents argue that for the purpose of economic analysis, the question of whether global production has peaked or not is almost irrelevant.[citation needed] Declining conventional production can only be replaced by far more expensive non-conventional production, meaning that oil prices are unlikely to ever return to their historic price range of $20 to $40/bbl. Many non-conventional oil production projects involve marginal extraction costs in excess of $70/bbl, leading some analysts to conclude that a new "price floor" has been created at this level. Proponents of the Peak Cheap Oil thesis therefore contend that the adverse effects of Peak Oil on the global economy are likely to occur before the actual point of peak production from all sources is reached.


  • Wiedemer, John David; Wiedemer, Robert A.; Spitzer, Cindy S; Janszen, Eric (2006). America's Bubble Economy: Profit When It Pops. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley. ISBN 0-471-75367-X.


  1. ^ Janszen, Eric (February 2008). "The next bubble: Priming the markets for tomorrow's big crash". Harper's Magazine.

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