Christopher Knittel


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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. 



Knittel wins IJIO award


"​Subsidizing Fuel Efficient Cars: Evidence from China's Automobile Industry."

Chen, Chia-Wen, Wei-Min Hu, and Christopher R. Knittel. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.. Forthcoming. Online Appendix.

"Racial and Gender Discrimination in Transportation Network Companies."

Ge, Yanbo, Christopher R. Knittel, Don MacKenzie, and Stephen Zoepf. ​Journal of Public Economics Vol. 190, (2020): 104205. SSRN Preprint.

"The Short-run and Long-run Effects of Covid-19 on Energy and the Environment."

Gillingham, Kenneth T., Christopher R. Knittel, Jing Li, Marten Ovaere, and Mar Reguant. Joule Vol. 4, No. 7 (2020): 1337-1341.

"What Does and Does not Correlate with COVID-19 Death Rates."

Knittel, Christopher R. and Bora Ozaltun, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6140-20. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, June 2020.

"Attribute Substitution in Household Vehicle Portfolios."

​​Archsmith, James, Kenneth Gillingham, Christopher R. Knittel, and David Rapson. The Rand Journal of Economics Vol. 51, No. 4 (2020): 1162-1196.

"Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Fuel-Economy Standards."

Bento, Antonio M., Mark R. Jacobsen, Christopher R. Knittel, and Arthur A. van Benthem. Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy Vol. 1, No. 1 (2020): 129-157.

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