Refereed Journal Articles

Helveston, J. P., He, G., & Davidson, M. R. (2022). Quantifying the cost savings of global solar photovoltaic supply chains. Nature.

Davidson, M. R., Karplus, V. J., Lewis, J. I., Nahm, J., & Wang, A. (2022). Risks of decoupling from China on low-carbon technologies. Science, 377(6612), 1266–1269.

Davidson, M. R., & Millstein, D. (2022). Limitations of reanalysis data for wind power applications. Wind Energy, 25(9), 1646–1653.

Davidson, M. R., & Pearson, M. M. (2022). Static Electricity: Institutional and Ideational Barriers to China’s Market Reforms. Studies in Comparative International Development.

Gao, X., Davidson, M., Busby, J., Shearer, C., & Eisenman, J. (2021). The Challenges of Coal Phaseout: Coal Plant Development and Foreign Finance in Indonesia and Vietnam. Global Environmental Politics, 21(4), 1–24.

Davidson, M., Karplus, V. J., Zhang, D., & Zhang, X. (2021). Policies and Institutions to Support Carbon Neutrality in China by 2060. Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, 10(2).

Guo, H., Davidson, M. R., Chen, Q., Zhang, D., Jiang, N., Xia, Q., Kang, C., and Zhang, X. (2020). Power market reform in China: Motivations, progress, and recommendations. Energy Policy, 145, 111717.

Davidson, M. R., & Pérez-Arriaga, I. (2020). Avoiding Pitfalls in Reforming China’s Electricity Sector. The Energy Journal, 41(3).

Davidson, M. R., & Pérez-Arriaga, J. I. (2018). Modeling Unit Commitment in Political Context: Case of China’s Partially Restructured Electricity Sector. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 33(5), 4889-4901.

Davidson, M. R., Zhang, D., Xiong, W., Zhang, X., and Karplus, V. J. (2016). Modelling the potential for wind energy integration on China’s coal-heavy electricity grid. Nature Energy, 1, 16086.

Refereed Book Chapters and Other Publications

Lee, H., Schrag, D. P., Bunn, M., Davidson, M., Peng, W., Wang, P., & Mao, Z. (2021). Foundations for a Low-Carbon Energy System in China. Cambridge University Press.

Davidson, M. R. (2021, November 18). China’s Power Outage. Foreign Affairs.

Azevedo, I., Davidson, M. R., Jenkins, J. D., Karplus, V. J., & Victor, D. G. (2020). The Paths to Net Zero: How Technology Can Save the Planet. Foreign Affairs, May/June.

Davidson, M. R. Technology Integration in China’s Electricity System: Central Targets and Local Challenges. (2019). In T. G. Rawski & L. Brandt (Eds.), Policy, Regulation and Innovation in China’s Electricity and Telecom Industries.

Davidson, M. R., Kahrl, F., & Karplus, V. J. (2017). Towards a political economy framework for wind power: Does China break the mould? In D. Arent, C. Arndt, M. Miller, F. Tarp, & O. Zinaman (Eds.), The Political Economy of Clean Energy Transitions (pp. 250–270). Oxford University Press.

Working Papers and Reports

Davidson, M. R. (2022). Low-Carbon Transition Planning in China’s Coal and Power SOEs: Case of China Energy. SSRN Scholarly Paper, Rochester, NY.

Bowen, R., Broz, J. L., Burney, J., Costello, C., Davidson, M. R., Li, H., & Rauch, J. E. (2021). The Role of Trade in Addressing Climate Change: Recommendations for Policies and Practices (pdf). UC San Diego Center for Commerce and Diplomacy Task Force on Climate and Trade.

Liu, S., & Davidson, M. R. (2021). China Trading Power: Improving Environmental and Economic Efficiency of Yunnan’s Electricity Market. Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Iychettira, K., Hou, X., Davidson, M., & Urpelainen, J. (2020). The impact of COVID-19 on the power sector in Karnataka, India (ISEP Policy Brief). Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy.

Davidson, M. (2019). Creating Subnational Climate Institutions in China (Discussion Paper). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Project on Climate Agreements.

Davidson, M. R., Pérez-Arriaga, J. I. (2017). Modeling Unit Commitment in Political Context: Case of China’s Partially Restructured Electricity Sector. MIT CEEPR Working Paper.

Davidson, M. R., Kahrl, F., and Karplus, V. J. (2016). Toward a Political Economy Framework for Wind Integration: Does China Break the Mould? (Working Paper No. 32). United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research.

Davidson, M. R. (2014). Regulatory and Technical Barriers to Wind Energy Integration in Northeast China (M.S. Thesis). Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Zhang, D., Davidson, M. R., Gunturu, B., Zhang, X., and Karplus, V. J. (2014). An Integrated Assessment of China’s Wind Energy Potential (Report No. 261). Cambridge, MA: MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.

Davidson, M. R. (2013). Politics of Power in China: Institutional Bottlenecks to Reducing Wind Curtailment Through Improved Transmission. International Association for Energy Economics Energy Forum, 4, 40–42.

Code Releases

Davidson, M., Honaker, W., & Feng, J. (2022, April 10). GeodataTools/geodata: V0.1.0. Zenodo.


Davidson, M. R. (2017). Hidden Costs of Technology Development by the Plan: Case of China’s Coal Fleet Upgrading. American Association for the Advancement of Science 2017 Annual Meeting.

Davidson, M. and Qi, T. (2015). “Re-Analysis Data for Fine Temporal Resolution Wind Power Estimation: A Comparison of Boundary Layer Parameterizations.” Graduate Climate Conference, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Woods Hole, MA.


Davidson, M. R. (2018). Creating Markets for Wind Electricity in China: Case Studies in Energy Policy and Regulation (Ph.D. Thesis). Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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