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Hunt Allcott is a research associate in the NBER Programs on Environmental and Energy Economics, Industrial Organization, and Public Economics. He is an associate professor of economics at New York University, a faculty affiliate of Poverty Action Lab, E2e, and ideas42, and a co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard and a B.S. and M.S. from Stanford.

Professor Allcott is an applied microeconomist who studies topics in environmental and energy economics, industrial organization, public economics, behavioral economics, and development microeconomics. He uses a variety of tools, including both structural and reduced form econometrics, applied theory, and randomized experiments.

In his spare time, he loves playing sports; his current goal is to become a triathlete. He grew up in Eugene, Oregon and now lives with his fiancée, Anna.


1. McKinsey & Company, "Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy," 2009. A pdf download of the report is available by pasting this link into a browser:   Go to ⤴︎
2. Michael Greenstone and I give an overview of these issues in H. Allcott and M. Greenstone, "Is There an Energy Efficiency Gap?" NBER Working Paper 17766, January 2012, and Journal of Economic Perspectives, 26(1), 2012, pp. 3-28.   Go to ⤴︎
3. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "Final Regulatory Impact Analysis: Corporate Average Fuel Economy for MY 2012-MY 2016 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks," Office of Regulatory Analysis and Evaluation, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 2010.   Go to ⤴︎
4. I. Parry, M. Walls, and W. Harrington, "Automobile Externalities and Policies," Journal of Economic Literature, 45 (2), 2007, pp. 373-99.   Go to ⤴︎
5. I describe these connections and provide a more detailed overview of this work in H. Allcott, "Paternalism and Energy Efficiency: An Overview," NBER Working Paper 20363, August 2014, and Annual Review of Economics, 8(1), 2016, pp. 145-76.   Go to ⤴︎
6. J. Hausman, "Individual Discount Rates and the Purchase and Utilization of Energy-Using Durables," The Bell Journal of Economics, 10(1), 1979, pp. 33-54.   Go to ⤴︎
7. H. Allcott and N. Wozny, "Gasoline Prices, Fuel Economy, and the Energy Paradox," NBER Working Paper  18583, November 2012, and The Review of Economics and Statistics, 96(10), 2014, pp. 779-95; M. Busse, C. Knittel, and F. Zettelmeyer, "Are Consumers Myopic? Evidence from New and Used Car Purchases," American Economic Review, 103(1), 2013, pp. 220-56; and J. Sallee, S. West, and W. Fan, "Do Consumers Recognize the Value of Fuel Economy? Evidence from Used Car Prices and Gasoline Price Fluctuations," NBER Working Paper 21441, July 2015, and Journal of Public Economics, 135, 2016, pp. 61–73.   Go to ⤴︎
8. H. Allcott and D. Taubinsky, "The Lightbulb Paradox: Evidence from Two Randomized Experiments," NBER Working Paper 19713, December 2013, and published as "Evaluating Behaviorally Motivated Policy: Experimental Evidence from the Lightbulb Market," American Economic Review, 105(8), 2015, pp. 2501-38.   Go to ⤴︎
9. H. Allcott and C. Knittel, "Are Consumers Poorly Informed about Fuel Economy? Evidence from Two Experiments," NBER Working Paper 23076, January 2017.   Go to ⤴︎
10. H. Allcott, "The Welfare Effects of Misperceived Product Costs: Data and Calibrations from the Automobile Market," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 5(3), 2013, pp. 30–66; and H. Allcott, "Consumers' Perceptions and Misperceptions of Energy Costs," American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 101(3), 2011, pp. 98-104.   Go to ⤴︎
11. H. Allcott, S. Mullainathan, and D. Taubinsky, "Energy Policy with Externalities and Internalities," Journal of Public Economics, 112 (April), 2014, pp. 72-88.   Go to ⤴︎
12. H. Allcott, C. Knittel, and D. Taubinsky, "Tagging and Targeting of Energy Efficiency Subsidies," American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 105(5), 2015, pp. 187-91.   Go to ⤴︎
13. H. Allcott, "Social Norms and Energy Conservation," Journal of Public Economics, 95(9–10), 2011, pp. 1082-95; I. Ayres, S. Raseman, and A. Shih, "Evidence from Two Large Field Experiments that Peer Comparison Feedback Can Reduce Residential Energy Usage," NBER Working Paper 15386, September 2009; and D. Costa and M. Kahn, "Energy Conservation 'Nudges' and Environmentalist Ideology: Evidence from a Randomized Residential Electricity Field Experiment," NBER Working Paper 15939, April 2010. Go to ⤴︎
14. H. Allcott, "Site Selection Bias in Program Evaluation," NBER Working Paper 18373, September 2012, and The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 130(3), 2015, pp. 1117-65.   Go to ⤴︎
15. H. Allcott and T. Rogers, "The Short-Run and Long-Run Effects of Behavioral Interventions: Experimental Evidence from Energy Conservation," NBER Working Paper 18492, October 2012, and American Economic Review, 104(10), 2014, pp. 3003-37.   Go to ⤴︎
16. A. Brandon, P. Ferraro, J. List, R. Metcalfe, M. Price, and F. Rundhammer, "Do The Effects of Social Nudges Persist? Theory and Evidence from 38 Natural Field Experiments," NBER Working Paper 23277, March 2017.   Go to ⤴︎
17. E. Glaeser, "Paternalism and Psychology," University of Chicago Law Review, 73 (1), Winter 2006, pp. 133-56.   Go to ⤴︎
18. H. Allcott and J. Kessler, "The Welfare Effects of Nudges: A Case Study of Energy Use Social Comparisons," NBER Working Paper 21671, October 2015.   Go to ⤴︎
19. H. Allcott and M. Greenstone, "Measuring the Welfare Effects of Residential Energy Efficiency Programs," NBER Working Paper 23386, May 2017.   Go to ⤴︎
20. M. Fowlie, M. Greenstone, and C. Wolfram, "Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program," NBER Working Paper 21331, July 2015. Go to ⤴︎



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