B.S. in Mathematics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Northwestern University

Faculty Supervisor: Koichiro Ito

Yixin Zhou is a pre-doctoral fellow at EPIC. She is working with Koichiro Ito, an associate professor at the Harris School of Public Policy, primarily studying the Chilean electricity market. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern University. She is interested in energy economics, particularly on how consumers respond to various environmental policies. In her senior thesis, she studied the impact of electric vehicle charging infrastructure on consumers demand of hybrid EVs and fully-electric EVs. While at Northwestern, Zhou also assisted in researching the industry origin of productivity growth slowdown in the United States.

“I chose EPIC because I found energy economics very exciting. I am also fascinated by the fact that rigorous econometric methods can concretely estimate the impact of policies and make important contributions to policy debates. My Project Investigator, Professor Ito, has impressive work on the electricity market, and he greatly values the development of his pre-docs. I really appreciate the opportunity at EPIC to learn about environmental policies, to get exposure to the actual empirical research process, and to grow as a researcher.”