Distributed impacts of climate and energy policy on U.S. jobs


This UROP or student research position would support a CEEPR project to assess how jobs are distributionally impacted by climate policy across the U.S. The goal of the project is to compute the carbon footprint of jobs across the country and identify where and on whom costs of climate policy would be concentrated, in an effort to inform policymakers on just transition and climate policy design. The student would work with large energy and labor datasets to construct these carbon footprints and map them at high granularity for several different industries. This work builds on previous CEEPR research on household carbon footprints, which can be found here.


The student should be comfortable working with large datasets in Python, and have a solid understanding of/willingness to learn about technical and policy energy concepts. The student should be comfortable working autonomously, problem-solving in the absence of complete information and asking questions when stuck.


The student will be briefed and supervised by the CEEPR graduate researcher working on the project, with occasional supervision from the Director of CEEPR, Professor Christopher Knittel.


The student would be expected to work over the summer break (up to 40 hrs/week, dependent on student’s availability), with the possibility of extending the role into the Fall semester (part-time, ~10 hrs/week).


The student may work remotely or in-person at CEEPR.

Application Instructions:

Interested students should send their resume, cover letter, and any additional material to ceepr@mit.edu with the Subject Line: “2022 CEEPR Student Research Application – “Distributed Impacts of Policy on US Jobs“.