National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

To undertake a research project examining how market forces, public policies, and technological change affect energy consumption and use in the transportation sector

  • Amount $224,170
  • City Cambridge, MA
  • Investigator Christopher Knittel
  • Year 2017
  • Program Research
  • Sub-program Energy and Environment

This grant funds a project led by Meghan Busse (Northwestern), Christopher Knittel (MIT), and Kate Whitefoot (Carnegie Mellon University) to spur research on energy consumption in the transportation sector by fielding an open call for papers on the topic and providing funding and support to the best submissions. Areas of interest include changing patterns of personal vehicle demand, vehicle electrification, the economics of changing fuels for commercial and heavy-duty vehicles, and the rise of vehicle automation and ride-sharing.  The group will widely distribute an open call for papers, evaluate submissions, select eight papers to receive funding, organize an initial working session to discuss methodology and preliminary research approaches, and hold a final conference to share and disseminate results. Papers will be published as NBER working papers and then submitted to top economics journals.

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