Refereed Journal Articles

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

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. “From Barrier to Bridge: The Role of Coal in China’s Decarbonization”. In edited volume on China’s decarbonization pathways, D. Schrag and H. Lee (Eds.). Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

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.

In Progress

Davidson, M. R., Pearson, M. “Static Electricity: Institutional and Ideational Barriers to China’s Market Reforms.”

Davidson, M. R. “Electricity Markets in a Carbon-Constrained World: Reforming Scheduling Practices in China and India.”

Working Papers and Reports

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.


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.

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