Christos Makriyannis, PhD

Assistant Professor, Economics

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  • PhD, Clark University (Worcester, MA)
  • MS, University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
  • BS, University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)

Post-Doctoral Associate: Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Research Affiliate: MIT Sloan School of Management

Specialty Areas

Environmental and Ecological Economics – Nonmarket valuation of ecosystem services and low-carbon energy technologies; society-economy-environment interactions; socioeconomic and business sustainability.

Broadly speaking, my research interests lie in reconciling the tension between economic activity and equity and environmental well-being. Some of my projects, for example, focus on socioeconomic dimensions of climate change, particularly as they relate to coastal systems and flood risk mitigation. This research attaches dollar values to non-market coastal resources, including natural systems, to help identify climate change adaptation policies that maximize the welfare of coastal communities. Using similar methods, some of my more recent work investigates the demand for low-carbon vehicles and seeks to identify the types of public policies that would effectively accelerate their deployment. This research is motivated by the persistent unsatisfactory demand for electric vehicles – despite policymakers’ and manufacturers’ efforts, and the tremendous social costs vehicle emissions impose on society. Research methodologies I commonly use include stated preference discrete choice experiments, discrete choice analysis, utility estimation in preference and willingness-to-pay space, and cost-benefit analysis.

Publications in Print

  • Makriyannis, C., Johnston, R.J. & Whelchel, A.W., 2018. Are Choice Experiment Treatments of Outcome Uncertainty Sufficient? Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, volume(issue), 1-33.
  • Johnston, J.R., Makriyannis, C. & Whelchel, A.W., 2018. Using Ecosystem Service Values to Evaluate Tradeoffs in Coastal Hazard Adaptation (in press). Coastal Management Journal.
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Courses Taught

  • EC-101 - Applied Microeconomics
  • EC-102 - Global Macroeconomics
  • EC-131 - Environmental Economics