Matthew J. Kotchen
Professor of Economics
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

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Yale University
Kroon Hall Room 226
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Tel: (203) 432-9533
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Op-Eds and Commentary
Environmental Economics Seminar

Curriculum Vitae

Working Papers



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, forthcoming. [Online appendix is available here.]

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 Towards a Workable and Effective Climate Regime, edited by S. Barrett, C. Carraro, and J. de Melo, 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, T. Haab and J. Whitehead (eds.), 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, in Paving the Way for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Guidance for Practitioners and Planners, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), 2011. [Presentation slides available here]

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, D. Fullerton and C. Wolfram (eds.), forthcoming, University of Chicago Press.

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, (2009), G. Libecap (ed.), Emerald Group Publishing.

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), Potoski and Prakash (eds.), 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, E. Orts and K. Deketelaere (eds.), 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, I. Ring, B. Klauer, F. Watzold, and B. Mansson (eds.), 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.