Harris School of Public Policy Studies
Koichiro Ito’s research interests lie at the intersection of environmental and energy economics, industrial organization, and public economics. These include analyses of how consumers respond to nonlinear pricing, dynamic pricing, and rebate programs in electricity markets, how intrinsic and extrinsic motivation affects their economic decisions, how firms strategically react to attribute-based regulation such as fuel economy standards, and how they respond to dynamic incentives in sequential forward markets in wholesale electricity markets. His research uses randomized field experiments and quasi-experimental designs to address questions in energy and environmental policy.
Ito is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a faculty affiliate at the E2e Project, and a research fellow at both the Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry and the Graduate School of Economics at Kyoto University.
Previously, Ito was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and a faculty member at Boston University. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an MA from the University of British Columbia and a BA from Kyoto University.