Knittel, Christopher R.

Christopher Knittel
William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy
Professor of Applied Economics






Biographical Statement:
Christopher Knittel is the William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy Economics in the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty at MIT in 2011, having taught previously at UC Davis and Boston University. Professor Knittel received his B.A. in economics and political science from the California State University, Stanislaus in 1994 (summa cum laude), an M.A. in economics from UC Davis in 1996, and a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 1999. His research focuses on environmental economics, industrial organization, and applied econometrics. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Productivity, Industrial Organization, and Energy and Environmental Economics groups. Professor Knittel is an associate editor of The American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, The Journal of Industrial Economics and Journal of Energy Markets. His research has appeared in The American Economic Review, The American Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Industrial Economics, The Energy Journal and other academic journals.

Selected Publications:
"Transportation Fuels Policy Since the OPEC Embargo: Paved with Good Intentions," forthcoming in The American Economic Review, Papers & Proceedings.

"Are Consumers Myopic? Evidence from New and Used Car Purchases," joint with Meghan Busse (Northwestern) and Florian Zettelmeyer (Northwestern). Forthcoming in The American Economic Review.

"Reducing Petroleum Consumption from Transportation," Journal of Economic Perspecitives, 26(1), Winter 2012, pp. 93-118.

"Sacred Cars: Optimal Regulation of Stationary and Non-stationary Pollution Sources," joint with Meredith Fowlie (UCB) and Catherine Wolfram (UCB, Haas). The American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 4(1), February 2012, pp. 98-126.

"Automobiles on Steroids: Product Attribute Trade-offs and Technological Progress in the Automobile Sector," The American Economic Review, 101(7), December 2011, pp. 3368-3399.

"Greenhouse Gas Reductions under Low Carbon Fuel Standards?," joint with Stephen P. Holland (UNC) and Jonathan E. Hughes (Colorado). The American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 1(1), Februrary 2009, pp. 106-146.

"Inefficiencies and Market Power in Financial Arbitrage: A Study of California's Electricity Markets," joint with Severin Borenstein (UCB, Haas), James Bushnell (UC Davis), and Catherine Wolfram (UCB, Haas). The Journal of Industrial Economics, LVI(2), June 2008, pp 347-378.

"Evidence of a Shift in the Short-Run Price Elasticity of Gasoline Demand," joint with Jonathan E. Hughes (Colorado) and Daniel Sperling (ITS, UC Davis). The Energy Journal, 29(1), January 2008.

"The Adoption of State Electricity Regulation: The Role of Interest Groups," The Journal of Industrial Economics, LIV(2), June 2006.

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Education + Credentials
B.A., 1994, Economics and Political Science, California State University, Stanislaus
M.A., 1996, Economics, UC Davis
Ph.D., 1999, Economics, UC Berkeley

Recent Publications

Journal Article
Dimanchev, E. and C.R. Knittel (2023). Energy Economics, 122, 106697 (doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2023.106697)

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