Matthew J. Kotchen
Professor of Economics 
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Yale University
Kroon Hall Room 226
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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


Curriculum Vitae
Academic publications
Working Papers
Other Selected Writings
Yale Environmental Economics Seminar


Academic Publications


Which Social Cost of Carbon? A Theoretical Perspective
Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, forthcoming.

Deciphering Dueling Analyses of Clean Water Regulations
Science, 358 (2017) 49-50, with K. Boyle and V.K. Smith.

Public Willingness to pay for a U.S. Carbon Tax and Preferences for Spending the Revenue
Environmental Research Letters, 12 (2017) 094012, with Z. Turk and A. Leiserowitz.

Cofinancing in Environment and Development: Evidence from the Global Environment Facility
World Bank Economic Review, forthcoming, with N.K Negi.

Longer-Run Evidence on Whether Building Energy Codes Reduce Residential Energy Consumption
Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 4 (2017) 135-153.

Opportunities for Advances in Climate Change Economics
Science, 352 (2016) 292-293, with M. Burke, M. Craxton, C. Kolstad, et al.

Reassessing the Contribution of Natural Gas to U.S. CO2 Emission Reductions Since 2007
Nature Communications, 7 (2016), Article number 10648, with Erin Mansur.

A View From the United States
in T
owards a Workable and Effective Climate Regime, VoxEU ebook (2015).

An Economic Perspective on the EPA's Clean Power Plan
Science, 346 (2014) 815-816, with M. Fowlie, L. Goulder, et al. [Comment submitted to the EPA is available here.]

Testing Motives for Charitable Giving: A Revealed-Preference Methodology with Experimental Evidence
Journal of Public Economics, 120 (2014) 181-192, with R. Deb and R. Gazzale.

Conflicts of Interest Distort Public Evaluations: Evidence from the Top 25 Ballots of NCAA Football Coaches
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 107 (2014) 51-63, with M. Potoski.

Reconsidering Donations for Nonmarket Valuation
Environmental and Resource Economics, 62(2015) 481-490.

Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity in Marginal Emissions: Implications for Electric Cars and other Electricity-Shifting Policies
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 107 (2014) 248-268, with J. Graff Zivin
and E. Mansur.

The Identification of Causal Effects in Environmental and Energy Economics
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 107 (2014) 173-175, with M. Evans and C. Vossler.

How Stringent is the EPA's Proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants?
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 8 (2014) 290-306, with E. Mansur.

A Generalized Impure Public Good and Linear Characteristics Model of Green Consumption
Resource and Energy Economics, 27 (2014) 1-16, with N. Chan.

Do Building Codes Save Energy? Evidence from Residential Billing Data in Florida
The Review of Economics and Statistics, 95 (2013) 34-49, with G. Jacobsen.

Rebound Effect is Over-Played
Nature, 493 (2013) 475-476, with K. Gillingham, D. Rapson, and G. Wagner.

Voluntary- and Information-Based Approaches to Environmental Management: A Public Economics Perspective
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 7 (2013) 276-295.

Community-Based Incentives for Environmental Protection: The Case of Green Electricity
Journal of Regulatory Economics, 44 (2013) 30-52, with G. Jacobsen and G. Clendenning.

Willingness to Pay and Policy-Instrument Choice for Climate-Change Policy in the United States
Energy Policy,
55 (2013) 617-625, with K. Boyle and A. Leiserowitz.

Public Goods
in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: An Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO Inc., (2014).

Corporate Social Responsibility for Irresponsibility
The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (Contributions), 12:1 (2012) Article 55, with J. J. Moon.

Willingness to Pay and Political Support for a U.S. National Clean Energy Standard
Nature Climate Change, 2 (2012) 596-599, with J. Aldy and A. Leiserowitz.

The Behavioral Response to Voluntary Provision of an Environmental Public Good: Evidence from Residential Electricity Demand
European Economic Review, 56 (2012) 946-960, with G. Jacobsen and M. Vandenbergh.

Controlling for Habitat Confirms Robust Reserve Effects and Gradients of Abundance Near Borders for California Spiny Lobster
Marine Ecology Progress Series, 451 (2012) 137-150, with M. Kay, H. Lenihan, and C. Miller.

Business Cycle Effects on Concern About Climate Change: The Chilling Effect of Recession
Climate Change Economics, 2 (2011) 257-273, with M. E. Kahn.

Energy Efficiency Codes
The Milken Institute Review, Fourth Quarter (2011), 58-69.

Green Clubs
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 62 (2011) 309-322, with K. van 't Veld.

Review of Climatopolis
Journal of Economic Literature, 49 (2011) 777-779.

Does Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Indiana
The Review of Economics and Statistics, 93 (2011) 1172-1185, with L. E. Grant.

An Economic Framework for Evaluating Climate Proofing Investments on Infrastructure
Paving the Way for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Guidance for Practitioners and Planners, UNDP (2011).

A Free Lunch in the Commons
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 61 (2011) 245-253, with S. W. Salant.

Cost-Benefit Analysis
Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather, 2nd Edition, S. Schneider and M. Mastrandrea (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2011.

Climate Policy and Voluntary Initiatives: An Evaluation of the Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Program
in The Design and Implementation of U.S. Climate Policy, University of Chicago Press (2012).

Voluntary Provision of Public Goods for Bads: A Theory of Environmental Offsets
Economic Journal, 119 (2009) 883-899.

Explaining the Price of Voluntary Carbon Offsets
Climate Change Economics, 1 (2010) 93-111, with M. N. Conte.

Offsetting Green Guilt
Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2009, 26-31.

Some Microeconomics of Eco-Entrepreneurship
in Frontiers in Eco-Entrepreneurship Research, Emerald Group Publishing (2009).

A Meta-Analysis of Cost of Community Service Studies
International Regional Science Review, 32 (2009) 376-399, with S. L. Schulte.

Grades, Course Evaluations, and Academic Incentives
Eastern Economic Journal, 36 (2010) 151-163, with D. A. Love.

The Effect of Geomorphic Channel Restoration on Streamflow and Groundwater in a Snow-Melt Dominated Watershed
Water Resources Research, 44 (2008) , with C. Tague and S. Valentine.

Reef Structure Regulates Small-Scale Spatial Variation in Coral Bleaching
Marine Ecology Progress Series, 270 (2008) 127-141, with H. Lenihan, M. Adjeroud, J. Hench, and T. Nakamura.

Pharmaceuticals in Wastewater: Behavior, Preferences, and Willingness to Pay for a Disposal Program
Journal of Environmental Management, 90 (2009) 1476-82, with J. Kallaos, K. Wheeler, C. Wong, M. Zahller.

Equilibrium Existence and Uniqueness in Impure Public Good Models
Economics Letters, 97 (2007) 91-96.

An Economics Perspective on Treating Voluntary Programs as Clubs
in Voluntary Programs: A Club Theory Perspective, (2009), MIT Press, with K. van 't Veld.

Conservation: From Voluntary Restraint to a Voluntary Price Premium
Environmental and Resource Economics, 40 (2008) 195-215, with M. R. Moore.

Review of Our Precarious Habitat
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 299 (2008) 581-582.

Should We Drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? An Economic Perspective
Energy Policy, 35 (2007) 4720-4729, with N. E. Burger.

Private Provision of Environmental Public Goods: Household Participation in Green-Electricity Programs
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 53 (2007) 1-16, with M. R. Moore.

Relating Environmental Attitudes and Contingent Values: How Robust Are Methods for Identifying Preference Heterogeneity?
Environmental and Resource Economics, 37 (2007) 757-775, with G. Aldrich, K. Grimsrud, and J. Thacher.

Meeting the Challenges of the Anthropocene: Toward a Science of Coupled Human-Biophysical Systems
Global Environmental Change, 17 (2007) 149-151, with O. R. Young.

Green Markets and Private Provision of Public Goods
Journal of Political Economy, 114 (2006) 816-834.

Explaining the Appearance and Success of Voter Referenda for Open-Space Conservation
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 52 (2006) 373-390, with S. M. Powers.

Environmental Constraints on Hydropower: An Ex-Post Benefit-Cost Analysis of Dam Relicensing in Michigan
Land Economics, 82 (2006) 389-403, with M. R. Moore, F. Lupi, and E. Rutherford.

Impure Public Goods and the Comparative Statics of Environmentally Friendly Consumption
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 49 (2005) 281-300.

Review of The Economics of Sustainable Development
Journal of Regional Science, 46 (2006) 583-86.

Internal and External Influences on Pro-Environmental Behavior: Participation in a Green Electricity Program
Journal of Environmental Psychology, 23 (2003) 237-46, with C. F. Clark and M. R. Moore.

Review of Principles of Environmental and Resource Economics
The Annals of Regional Science, 36:4 (2002) 697-99.

Environmental Voluntary Contracts Between Individuals and Industry: An Analysis of Consumer Preferences for Green Electricity
in Environmental Voluntary Contracts: Comparative Approaches to Regulation Innovation in the United States and Europe, London: Kluwer Law International (2001) 409-23, with M. R. Moore and C. F. Clark.

Environmental Attitudes, Motivations, and Contingent Valuation of Nonuse Values: A Case Study Involving Endangered Species
Ecological Economics, 32 (2000) 93-107, with S. D. Reiling.

Do Reminders of Budget Constraints and Substitutes Influence Contingent Valuation Estimates? Another Comment
Land Economics, 75 (1999) 478-82, with S. D. Reiling.

Incorporating Resistance in Pesticide Management: A Dynamic Regional Approach
in Regional Sustainability: Applied Ecological Economics Bridging the Gap Between Natural and Social Sciences, New York: Springer Verlag (1999) 126-35.

Estimating and Questioning Economic Values for Endangered Species: An Application and Discussion
Endangered Species Update, 15:5 (1998) 9-15, with S. D. Reiling.