Matthew J. Kotchen
Associate Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy


Yale University
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Kroon Hall Room 226
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Tel: (203) 432-9533
Fax: (203) 436-9150



Environmental Economics Seminar
Yale Environment Review

Curriculum Vitae

Working Papers


In the News


In the News

Listed below are links to selected media mentions based on research or interviews about current events.

Selected Recent Coverage

Clock Time and Sun Time, New York Times, Dec 31, 2012.

Daylight-Saving Time is Past Its Prime, Wall Street Journal, Nov 1, 2012.

The Where's and When's of Charging Electric Vehicles, Currents, Oct 19, 2012.

Economics: The Weekly Papers, The Economist, Oct 17, 2012.

A Father’s Lesson in Energy Dependence, The Huffington Post, July 12, 2012.

Transparency Needed in New BCS,, June 18, 2012.

Would You Pay $162 More For Cleaner Electricity?, WNPR, May 18, 2012.

Americans Would Pay for Clean Energy, Yale Study Finds, Yale Alumni Magazine, May 15, 2012.

CES Would Have to Limit Cost Increases to 5% to Pass Congress – Study, Greenwire, May 14, 2012.

Study: Public Willingness to Pay for More Energy, The Hill, May 14, 2012.

Americans Would Pay More for Clean Energy. Would Congress? Washington Post, WonkBlog, May 14, 2012.

Willing To Pay (a Little More) for Clean Energy, New York Times, Green Blog, May 14, 2012.

Americans Would Pay More for Green Energy, New Scientist, May 13, 2012.

The California Spiny Lobster, Scientific American, Blog, May 14, 2012.

EPA Carbon Rule Would Affect More Natural Gas Plants Than Thought, Public Power Daily, May 2, 2012.

Daylight Saving Time Saves As Much Energy As Daylight, Maybe Less, Climate Progress, Mar 11, 2012.

Researchers Tackle Allegations of Bias in College Football Ranking, Yale Daily News, Dec 7, 2011.

As Unemployment Drops, Public Belief in Climate Change Shows Sign of Recovery, Big Think, Dec 2, 2011.

Of Liars, Cheats and Other Major College Coaches, Star Tribune, Dec 2, 2011.

Illegitimate BCS Process Holds Game Hostage, Yahoo! News, Nov 29, 2001.

Coaches Play Favorites in Poll Used for BCS Rankings, Research Suggests, The Wall Street Journal, Nov 27, 2011.

Why America Lags on Climate Change, The Washington Post WonkBlog. Oct 17, 2011.

Sponsoring Eco-Standards, Nature Climate Change, Aug 26, 2011.

A Fresh Look At Institutional Social Responsibility, Burlington Free Press, Aug 16, 2011.

Business Damage Control, Week in Ideas, The Wall Street Journal, Aug 6, 2011.

Companies That Do More Harm Also Do More Good,  Reason, Aug 2, 2011.

Doing Good to Do Bad?, The Wall Street Journal, Real Time Economics, Aug 1, 2011.

Programs that Affect Clean Electricity Demand Need Careful Design, The NBER Digest, June, 2011.

Saving Daylight, Wasting Energy, The Wall Street Journal, Real Time Economics, Mar 14, 2011.

Does Daylight Saving Time Really Save Energy? Yahoo! News, Mar 14, 2011.

Are Building Codes Effective at Saving Energy?, The NBER Digest, Jan 2011.

Daylight Saving Time 2010: Why and When It Ends, National Geographic, Nov 5, 2010.

Daylight Saving. Who's Benefitting?, The Huffington Post, Nov 7, 2010.

Daylight Saving Time: Energy Saver or Political Malarkey, TBD, Nov 5, 2010.

Time for Clock Change in Florida, Florida Today, Nov 6, 2010.

Good Riddance: A Highly Selective List of Human Creations the World Would Be Better Off Without (Daylight Saving Time), Scientific American, September, 2010.

Punting On Climate Change, Burlington Free Press, September 27, 2010.

Climate Change and the Wealth of Nations, The New York Times, Economix Blog, August 31, 2010.

Unemployment vs. Global Warming, The New York Times, Freakonomics Blog, August 24, 2010.

Rush Limbaugh's Commentary on Kahn and Kotchen (2010) as reported by Cheap Talk, August 5, 2010.

Is Environmentalism a Luxury Good? The New York Times, Economix, August 3, 2010.

People Care Less About the Environment as Unemployment Rises, ClimateWire, August 3, 2010.

Google Searches for Global Warming Go Down When Unemployment Rises, Grist, July 30, 2010.

Do Building Codes Actually Save Energy? New York Times, Freakonomics Blog, July 27, 2010.

Six Lessons from the BP Oil Spill, The Christian Science Monitor weekly magazine (cover story) July 12, 2010.

Interview with the BBC's The World Tonight on the Gulf oil spill, May 27, 2010.


America Without Offshore Drilling, NPR's On Point, May 7, 2010.


The Far-Ranging Costs of the Mess in the Gulf, Time Magazine (cover story), May 6, 2010.


Weighing Cost, Benefits of Oil Safety, NPR's Marketplace, May 4, 2010.


Oh Well: Why We're So Bad at Dealing With Unlikely Disasters Like the Louisiana Oil Spill, Slate, May 3, 2010.

Interview with Bloomberg TV on the Gulf oil spill, May 3, 2010.

Nobel Looks Outside Markets, Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2010.

How to Motivate People to Make Homes Energy Efficient, The Washington Post, April 10, 2010.

Psychology of Being Green, Global Post, April 2, 2010.

Wait! Daylight Saving Time Will Cost Me Money? The Christian Science Monitor, March 13, 2010.

Daylight Saving: Beat the Clock, The Huffington Post, March 13, 2010.

Less Recent Coverage

Daylight Saving Time: [Video] CBS Sunday Morning; ABC News 20/20; The Today Show (I); The Today Show (II). [Radio] NPR's All Things Considered; Chicago Public Radio. [Print]  Wall Street Journal; New York Times; USA Today; Associated Press; Yahoo! News; Indianapolis Star; Philadelphia Inquire; Toronto Star; National Geographic; The Boston Globe; U.S. New and World Report; ClimateWire; Freakonomics; Marginal Revolution; Scientific American.

Voluntary Carbon Offsets: [Video] Energy Policy TV. [Print] The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond: Region Focus; The Katoomba Group's Ecosystem Marketplace.

Green Markets: [Print] Science Daily; Stanford Social Innovation Review; The New Scientist; Ventura County Star.

Energy and ANWR: [Print] Wall Street Journal; Forbes; Marginal Revolution.