Lucas Davis

Lucas Davis is Associate Professor Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy and Values Economic Analysis and Policy Group, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. He received a B.A. from Amherst College in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 2005. Prior to joining Haas in 2009, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on energy and environmental markets, and in particular, on electricity and natural gas regulation, pricing in competitive and non-competitive markets, and the economic and business impacts of environmental policy. His work appears in leading academic journals including the American Economic Review, the RAND Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Political Economy.

Content by Lucas Davis
  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Cooling developing countries: How income and climate drive air conditioning adoption

    Over 90% of people living in hot areas lack air conditioning. The expansion of air conditioning in these areas will bring comfort but increase greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and refrigerant leaks and could stress electric grids. This study develops country-specific estimates of how air conditioning saturation relates to climate and household income and...

    17 Jan 2020 | Andrew G. Campbell, Lucas Davis, Paul Gertler

  • Project

    Implications of global air conditioning adoption for energy demand and carbon dioxide emissions

    Despite the large potential economic and environmental impacts of increased air conditioning usage (IEA, 2018), there is little direct empirical evidence on this topic, much less analytical modelling of potential policy impacts. Evidence is particularly scant in low and middle-income countries where most of the growth in air conditioning is expected to occur (Gertler, et...

    25 Nov 2019 | Lucas Davis, Paul Gertler