Chiara Lo Prete

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Chiara Lo Prete

Assistant Professor of Energy Economics

213 Hosler Building


Biographical Sketch: 

Chiara Lo Prete joined Penn State as an Assistant Professor of Energy Economics in July 2014. Her research focuses on strategic interactions and price formation in multi-settlement wholesale electricity markets, market design of electric distribution networks, and evaluation of environmental policies in the electricity sector.
Before joining Penn State, Dr. Lo Prete was a Ziff Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment. She earned a B.A. in Economics from LUISS University (Rome, Italy), a M.A. in Energy Economics from the Scuola Mattei (Milan, Italy), and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.
Prior to returning to academia to pursue her Ph.D., Dr. Lo Prete worked for the energy company Eni, where she focused on the analysis of energy and environmental policies for the electric power, natural gas and automotive sectors in Europe and the United States.

Educational Background: 

Ph.D. (Geography and Environmental Engineering), The Johns Hopkins University, 2012
M.S. (Geography and Environmental Engineering), The Johns Hopkins University, 2009
M.A. (Energy Economics), Scuola Enrico Mattei, 2004
B.A. (Economics), LUISS University (summa cum laude), 2003

Research Interests: 
  • Electricity market design
  • Energy economics
  • Market microstructure
  • Applied econometrics
  • Mathematical programming models of energy markets
Selected Publications: 
  1. C. Lo Prete and B.F. Hobbs. (2015). “Market power in power markets: an analysis of residual demand curves in California’s day-ahead energy market in 1998-2000”. The Energy Journal, 36(2), pp.191-218.
  2. C. Lo Prete and C.S. Norman. (2013). “Rockets and feathers in CO2-power markets? New evidence from the second phase of the EU ETS”. Energy Economics 36, pp. 312-321. 
  3. C. Lo Prete, B.F. Hobbs, C.S. Norman, S. Cano-Andrade, A. Fuentes, M.R. von Spakovsky and L. Mili. (2012). “Sustainability and reliability assessment of microgrids in a regional electricity market”. Energy 41, pp. 192-202.



• Wilson Research Initiation Award, 2015