Christopher Knittel


Christopher Knittel


Christopher Knittel is the George P. Shultz Professor and a Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Prior to MIT Sloan, Knittel taught at the University of California, Davis, and at Boston University. His research focuses on industrial organization, environmental economics, and applied econometrics.

Knittel is an associate editor of The American Economic Journal— Economic Policy, The Journal of Industrial Economics, and the Journal of Energy Markets. His research has appeared in The American Economic Review, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Industrial Economics, The Energy Journal, and other academic journals. He also is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Productivity, Industrial Organization, and Energy and Environmental Economics groups.

Knittel holds a BA in economics and political science from California State University, Stanislaus; an MA in economics from the University of California, Davis; and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. 



"The Welfare Impact of Indirect Pigouvian Taxation: Evidence from Transportation."

​Knittel, Christopher R., and Ryan Sandler. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. Forthcoming.

"Working with Data: Two Empiricists' Experience."

Knittel, Christopher, and Konstantinos Metaxoglou. Journal of Econometric Methods Vol. 7, No. 1 (2018): 1-12.

"The Pass-Through of RIN Prices to Wholesale and Retail Fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard."

Knittel, Christopher, Ben S. Meiselman, and James H. Stock. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Vol. 4, No. 4 (2017): 1081-1119.

"Keeping it Fresh: Strategic Product Redesigns and Welfare."

Blonigen, Bruce A., Christopher Knittel, and Anson Soderbery. International Journal of Industrial Organization Vol. 53, No. 1 (2017): 170-214.

"Strategic Policy Choice in State-Level Regulation: The EPA's Clean Power Plan."

Bushnell, James, Stephen Holland, Jonathan Hughes, and Christopher Knittel. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy Vol. 9, No. 2 (2017): 57-90. Download Appendix.

"Are We Fracked? The Impact of Falling Gas Prices and the Implications for Coal-to-Gas Switching and Carbon Emissions."

Knittel, Christopher, Konstantinos Metaxoglou, and Andre Trindade. Oxford Review of Economic Policy Vol. 32, No. 2 (2016): 241-259.

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