Congratulations to Assistant Professor Ashley Langer for receiving a $12,500 award on Economics of Energy Use in Transportation from the National Bureau of Economic Research.
More than one quarter of annual U.S. energy consumption is associated with the transportation of people and commodities. Gasoline and diesel fuel accounted for 77 percent of transportation-related energy consumption in 2015, with jet fuel another 11 percent and biofuels 5 percent. To investigate how economic forces, public policies, and technological change affect energy consumption in the transportation sector, the NBER plans a two-year project on “Energy Use in Transportation.” This project, which is jointly supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy, will be led by Meghan Busse of Northwestern University, Chris Knittel of MIT, and Kate Whitefoot of Carnegie Mellon University. It will investigate the forces that collectively determine the level and mix of energy consumption in U.S. transportation. The project will consist of several distinct sub-projects carried out by college- or university-based research teams. The findings will help to inform the design of public policies during the coming decade.