David Rapson
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics

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Brief Biography

David Rapson joined the Economics Department at UC Davis in 2008. Rapson's research focuses on energy and environmental economics, industrial organization, and applied econometrics. His research includes several collaborative studies with regulated utilities and government agencies. These include the evaluation of dynamic pricing regimes, carbon offset programs, and the design and analysis of a large-scale randomized field experiment to test the role of information on price elasticity. His research appears in The American Economic Review, Nature, and other academic journals. Rapson holds an AB in economics from Dartmouth College; an MA in economics from Queen's University; and a PhD in economics from Boston University.

Contact Information

Department of Economics
University of California
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616

Office: 1127 SSH
Phone: (530) 752-5368
Email: dsrapson ***at*** ucdavis.edu
Twitter: @rapsonenergy


Working Papers

Selected Works in Progress

  • The household vehicle portfolio choice: implications for emissions abatement policies (with Ken Gillingham and Chris Knittel)

    • Funded via grants from the California Air Resources Board (11-322) and UCE3

  • The effect of transaction frictions on vehicle choice and usage (with Ken Gillingham)

    • Funded via grants from the California Air Resources Board (11-322) and UCE3

  • Using high-frequency interval meter data to evaluate energy efficiency investments in schools (with Chris Knittel, Mar Reguant and Catherine Wolfram)

  • Measuring split incentives in commercial electricity usage (with Katrina Jessoe and Maya Papineau)

  • Regression discontinuity with time as the running variable: pitfalls and remedies (with Catie Hausman)

  • Understanding the secondary market for electric vehicles

    • Funded via a grant from the California Air Resources Board (14-316)


  • Energy Economics (Undergraduate and Masters), UC Davis (2012-present)

  • Industrial Organization (PhD), UC Davis (2009-present)

  • Industrial Organization (Undergraduate), UC Davis (2009-present)

  • Intermediate Microeconomics (Undergraduate), Boston University (2006)