Christy Zhou

John E. Walker Department of Economics, Clemson University


I am Yìchén Christy Zhōu, an Assistant Professor of Economics at Clemson University. My research interest lies in environmental and energy economics, in particular, the new vehicle market, the power generating industry, and market incentives for technology adoption. My work examines the economic impact of various environmental policies including fuel taxes, the CAFE fuel economy standard, fuel economy fee-bate program, R&D subsidies for energy-efficient technologies, and pollution emission regulations and law enforcement for the power sector. I received my Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2016. Before joining Clemson, I was on leave as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF) from 2016 and 2017. I grew up in Wuhan and graduated in 2010 from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville with a B.A. in mathematics. 


Fields of Interest

  • Primary: Environmental and Energy Economics, Empirical Industrial Organization
  • Secondary: Innovation and Technological Change, Microeconometrics


Contact Information

  • Mandarin Name: 周逸尘
  • Email: yichen2 [at] clemson [dot] edu
  • Phone (o): (864) 656-4342 
  • Address: Clemson University, 223 Sirrine Hall, Clemson, SC, 29634