Koichiro Ito is an Associate Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and taught at Stanford University and Boston University prior to joining the University of Chicago.
His 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 incentives in electricity markets, how intrinsic and extrinsic motivation affects their economics decisions, how firms strategically react to attribute-based regulation such as fuel economy standards, and how wind farms respond to dynamic incentives in sequential forward markets in wholesale electricity markets. His research uses randomized field experiments and quasi-experimental designs to address policy relevant questions in energy and environmental policy.
He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, and a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Economics at Kyoto University.