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
Christopher R. Knittel


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 and environmental economics. He has provided trial and deposition testimony in 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 US Energy Information Administration, and Korea Electric Power Company. Professor Knittel has authored or coauthored numerous articles on topics such as market structure and product pricing, tacit collusion, and challenges in merger simulation analysis. Examples of his research include articles on 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, and The Energy Journal, among 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, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship and Industrial Organization programs, and he co-directs the Environment and Energy Economics program.

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