Christopher R. Knittel
George P. Shultz Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management; Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Co-Faculty Director, The E2e Project
Ph.D., economics, University of California, Berkeley; M.A., economics, University of California, Davis
Summary of Experience
Professor Knittel's research focuses on industrial organization, applied econometrics, and energy economics. He has provided trial and deposition testimony on a number of litigation matters, including valuing product features in smartphones, PCs, and contact lenses. He has also consulted to Delta Airlines, Ford Motor Company, the Energy Information Agency, and the Korean Electric Power Company. Professor Knittel has authored or coauthored numerous articles on such topics as market structure and product pricing, tacit collusion, and challenges in merger simulation analysis. For example, he has written about the spurious correlation between ethanol production and gasoline prices, unilateral market power in the electricity reserves market, and tacit collusion in credit card markets. His research has appeared in the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Industrial Economics, The Energy Journal, and other academic publications. He is a former coeditor of the Journal of Public Economics and serves or has served as an associate editor for several other scholarly journals, including the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, The Journal of Industrial Economics, the Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, and The Journal of Energy Markets. Professor Knittel is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in the Productivity, Industrial Organization, and Environmental Economics and Energy groups.