Economics of Energy Use in Transportation

Call for Papers
Cambridge, MA, June 11-12, 2020

More than one quarter of annual U.S. energy consumption is associated with the transportation of people and commodities. The transportation sector accounted for 29 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions and is often thought to be a difficult sector to decarbonize. To investigate how economic forces, public policies, and technological change affect energy consumption in the transportation sector, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is organizing a 1.5 day conference on June 11 and 12, 2020 in Cambridge, MA, on “Energy Use in Transportation.” The conference, which is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will be planned by Meghan Busse (Northwestern University and NBER), Christopher Knittel (MIT and NBER), and Kate Whitefoot (Carnegie Mellon University). The meeting will highlight research that explores the economic forces that collectively determine the level and mix of energy consumption in U.S. transportation and that can help to inform the design of public policies during the coming decade.

The organizers welcome the submission of papers on topics that include, but are not limited to:

* Changing Patterns of Vehicle Demand

* Vehicle Electrification

* Effects of Vehicle Fleet Composition on the Electricity Grid and Infrastructure Needs

* The Economics of Public Transportation

* The Impact of Public and Private Infrastructure Investment on Energy Demand

* Energy Use by Commercial and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

* The Rise of Vehicle Automation and Ride-Sharing Opportunities

* Fuel Use in Aviation

* Distributional Effects of Changing Patterns of Energy Consumption

* Energy Use in the Transportation Sector in Developing Countries

To be considered for presentation at the meeting, papers must be submitted by 12pm EST on Monday, February 24, 2020, via the following link:

Submitted papers should not be published by June 2020. Papers by researchers with and without NBER affiliations, by early career scholars, and by researchers from under-represented groups, are welcome. Authors will be notified about which papers have been selected for the meeting in March, 2020. Each submission should include a note on the cover page describing any financial or other interests of the researchers that might bear on the research study, in particular any ties to the energy or transportation industry. The NBER will cover the travel cost for up to two authors per paper; other co-authors are also welcome to attend at their own expense. Please direct questions about this conference to .

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