Benjamin Krebs

Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Welcome to my page! I am a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR). My main field of interest is empirical environmental economics. I conduct research on the effect of air pollution and other environmental factors on human-related outcomes. Further, I engage in analyzing the effectiveness as well as costs and benefits of environmental policies. I grew up in Switzerland and currently live in Massachusetts.
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Work in Progress

Air Pollution Monitoring Disparities (with Joshua Graff Zivin and Matthew Neidell)Air Pollution and Running Performance (with Michael Keller and Simon Luechinger)Fossil-Fuel Heating, Heat Pumps, and the Shift in Local Air PollutionMeasurement Error and Instrumental Variables in Estimating Air Pollution Effects (with Joshua Graff Zivin, Matthew Neidell, and Simon Luechinger)

Working Papers

Krebs, Benjamin (2022). Temperature and Cognitive Performance. MIT CEEPR Working Paper 2022-019.
- Research Brief
Krebs, Benjamin and Simon Luechinger (2021). Air Pollution, Cognitive Performance, and the Role of Task Proficiency.
- Available at SSRN
- R&R: Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Peer-reviewed Articles

Krebs, Benjamin, Jennifer Burney, Joshua Graff Zivin, and Mathew Neidell (2021). Using crowd-sourced data to assess the temporal and spatial relationship between indoor and outdoor particulate matter. Environmental Science & Technology 55(9), 6107–6115.Krebs, Benjamin and Simon Luechinger (2020). The effect of an electricity tax on aggregate electricity consumption: Evidence from Basel. Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics 156(1), 1-20.

Other Publications

Krebs, Benjamin and Joel O’Neill (2014). Neue Universitätsrankings für die Schweiz: Geist und Geld. CREMA Working Paper, 2014-02.

Own contributions

Krebs, Benjamin and Simon Lüchinger: Bescheidene Effekte einer sinnvollen Politik – das Beispiel einer Elektrizitätsabgabe. Ökonomenstimme, 04/15/2021.Eichenberger, Reiner, Benjamin Krebs, and Joel O'Neill: Welche Schweizer Universitäten sind am besten? Die Kleinen! Ökonomenstimme, 01/28/2014.Eichenberger, Reiner, Benjamin Krebs, and Joel O'Neill: Mehr Geld für die Kleinen. NZZ am Sonntag, 01/26/2014, p. 61.

Media coverage

Basler Lenkungsabgabe weitgehend wirkungslos. SRF 10/10/2018.Neues Hochschulranking: Die ETH Zürich rutscht ab. SRF 01/28/2014.

Empirical Environmental Economics, University of Lucerne (2022, 2021)

Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Lucerne (2022, 2021)

Microceonomics II exercises, University of Lucerne (2020, 2018, 2017)

Microceonomics I exercises, University of Lucerne (2016)


Benjamin Krebs
MIT Building E19-411
400 Main Street, 4th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142-1017

bkrebs at mit dot edu