Koichiro Ito

Associate Professor at University of Chicago


Sabbatical leave 2022-23

University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
1307 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
ito@uchicago.edu

CV | Research | Teaching | Bio | Japanese

Koichiro Ito is an Associate Professor at Harris School of Public Policy at University of Chicago. He received a PhD from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining University of Chicago, he was a SIEPR Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and an Assistant Professor at Boston University.


Working Papers


  1. The Dynamic Impact of Market Integration: Evidence from Renewable Energy Expansion in Chile
    NBER Working Paper #30016, May 2022 (with Luis Gonzales and Mar Reguant).
    Revise and resubmit at Econometrica.
    Abstract | Paper | Slides | NBER WP

  2. Choosing Who Chooses: Selection-Driven Targeting in Energy Rebate Programs
    NBER Working Paper #30469, September 2022 (with Takanori Ida, Takunori Ishihara, Daido Kido, Toru Kitagawa, Shosei Sakaguchi, Shusaku Sasaki). Submitted.
    Abstract | Paper | NBER WP

  3. Do Consumers Distinguish Fixed Cost from Variable Cost? “Schmeduling” in Two-Part Tariffs in Energy
    NBER Working Paper #26853, July 2022 (with Shuang Zhang). Submitted.
    Abstract | Paper


Publications


  1. Selection on Welfare Gains: Experimental Evidence from Electricity Plan Choice
    NBER Working Paper #28413, January 2021 (with Takanori Ida and Makoto Tanaka).
    American Economic Review, conditionally accepted.
    Abstract | Paper

  2. Willingness to Pay for Clean Air: Evidence from Air Purifier Markets in China
    Journal of Political Economy, 128 (5): 1627-1672, 2020 (Lead Article, with Shuang Zhang)
    Abstract | Paper | Slides | Wall Street Journal | Forbes | Bloomberg | Japanese

  3. The Economics of Attribute-Based Regulation: Theory and Evidence from Fuel-Economy Standards
    Review of Economics and Statistics, 100 (2): 319-336, 2018. (with Jim Sallee)
    Abstract | Paper | Slides | Nikkei Business | Japanese

  4. Moral Suasion and Economic Incentives: Field Experimental Evidence from Energy Demand
    American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 10 (1): 240-67, 2018. (with Takanori Ida and Makoto Tanaka)
    Abstract | Paper | Slides | Washington Post | Forbes | Japanese

  5. Sequential Markets, Market Power and Arbitrage
    American Economic Review, 106 (7): 1921-57, 2016. (with Mar Reguant)
    Abstract | Paper | Slides | Japanese

  6. Asymmetric Incentives in Subsidies: Evidence from a Large-Scale Electricity Rebate Program
    American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 7 (3): 209-37, 2015.
    Abstract | Paper | Slides

  7. Do Consumers Respond to Marginal or Average Price? Evidence from Nonlinear Electricity Pricing
    American Economic Review, 104 (2): 537-63, 2014.
    Abstract | Paper | Slides


Policy Briefs


  1. Challenges for Upcoming Deregulation of Japan’s Electricity Sector
    Keizai Kyoshitsu, Nihon Keizai Shinbun, February 2016

  2. Reforming Japan’s Electricity Sector: Abe’s Push for Deregulation
    National Bureau of Asian Research, October 2013

  3. Do Energy Rebate Programs Encourage Conservation?
    Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Policy Brief #2419, April 2012

  4. Reforming Japan’s Power Industry
    Presentation at “One Year After Japan’s 3/11 Disaster: Reforming Japan’s Energy Sector, Governance, and Economy,” Stanford University, February 2012