Kirstin Munro, PhD

Kirstin Munro is Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.  Dr. Munro specializes in environmental, energy, and labor economics.  She is an expert in specifying and testing econometric models, with an emphasis on designing studies of demand dynamics in regulated industries and building hedonic models of real estate prices.

Prior to joining the faculty at St. John’s, Dr. Munro served as the Manager of Load Forecasting and Research at PacifiCorp, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary, where she led a team in producing hourly and monthly demand forecasts for a six-state service territory.  She designed and executed research investigating the behavioral and demographic determinants of residential energy consumption, motivations for residential solar panel adoption, the relationship between commodities prices and industrial energy demand, and designed a retail billing reconciliation solution for a regional Energy Imbalance Market.  As a Senior Economist at RCF, she specified econometric models of the impact of changing technologies on the demand for post mail and was the lead econometrician providing technical support for two high-profile legal cases involving the impact of nuclear power facilities on residential real estate prices.

She has been invited to offer economic outlook and policy recommendations to Oregon Governor Kate Brown, provided quarterly input to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis revenue forecast as a member of the Oregon Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers, and served as a member of the Demand Forecast Advisory Committee of the Northwest Planning and Conservation Council.

Dr. Munro holds a Ph.D. from Portland State University, an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a B.A. from Reed College. She has published in major peer-reviewed professional journals on topics ranging from climate change opinion to small business entrepreneurship.