Hunt Allcott is an Associate Professor of Economics at New York University and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Hunt is also a Scientific Director of ideas42, a think tank that applies insights from psychology and economics to problems in international development, health care, consumer finance, and the energy industry. During academic years 2009-2011, he was on leave as the Energy and Society Fellow in the MIT Economics Department and the MIT Energy Initiative. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and a BS and MS from Stanford University. Hunt has worked in the private sector as a consultant with Cambridge Energy Research Associates and with Arthur D. Little and in international development as a consultant to the World Bank.
Hunt is an applied microeconomist who studies topics in environmental economics, industrial organization, behavioral economics, and international development. His most recent research centers on consumer behavior, business strategy, and regulatory policy in energy markets. This includes analyses of how firms set prices in electricity markets, how much consumers value higher fuel economy vehicles, and the effectiveness of insights from behavioral economics and psychology in helping people to conserve energy. He uses a variety of research methods, including both structural and reduced form econometrics, applied theory, and randomized field experiments.