David is a first-year master’s student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies interested in studying the effects of environmental degradation on human health. While a student at the University of California, Davis, he conducted global change research in the Rocky Mountains, studied tropical biology in Costa Rica, and coordinated an environmental leadership internship. Eager to foster scientific thinking outside of academia, David has worked as environmental educator, guiding hundreds of curious students through the mountains and islands of California.
Professor Kotchen’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of environmental and public economics. With the use of both theoretical and empirical methods, much of his work focuses on voluntary approaches to environmental policy. Kotchen’s research is published in leading economics journals, interdisciplinary journals and the popular press, and it has been reported on widely in major media outlets.
Recent projects investigate the effect of “green” markets on the provision of environmental public goods, participation in green-electricity programs, and voter referenda for open-space conservation. Ongoing research considers climate and energy policy, daylight saving time, management of common-pool resources, corporate social responsibility, charitable fundraising and applied game theory. Several projects involve interdisciplinary collaborations with ecologists and political scientists.
Kotchen is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and has held previous positions at Williams College, University of California (Santa Barbara and Berkeley), Stanford University and Resources for the Future (RFF).