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Matthew J. Kotchen

Matthew J. Kotchen is a professor of economics at Yale University, with a primary appointment in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and secondary appointments in the School of Management and the Department of Economics. His research interests lie at the intersection of environmental and public economics and policy.

Kotchen is a research associate in the NBER Programs on Environmental and Energy Economics and Public Economics. He has held previous and visiting positions at Williams College, the University of California, Santa Barbara and Berkeley, Stanford University, and Resources for the Future. He has also served as an associate dean of academic affairs at Yale, as deputy assistant secretary for environment and energy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and as a member of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Kotchen leads a new NBER initiative comprising an annual conference in Washington, DC, and an annual publication, both titled Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy. Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, this is an effort to stimulate policy-relevant research in the field and to disseminate this research directly to policymakers. It is modeled after the NBER initiatives Tax Policy and the Economy and Innovation Policy and the Economy.


1. M. J. Kotchen, "Green Markets and Private Provision of Public Goods," Journal of Political Economy, 114, 2006. pp. 816–34.   Go to ⤴︎
2. M. J. Kotchen, "Voluntary Provision of Public Goods for Bads: A Theory of Environmental Offsets," NBER Working Paper 13643, November 2007, and The Economic Journal, 119(537), 2009, pp. 883–99.   Go to ⤴︎
3. G. D. Jacobsen, M. J. Kotchen, and M. P. Vandenbergh, "The Behavioral Response to Voluntary Provision of an Environmental Public Good: Evidence from Residential Electricity Demand," NBER Working Paper 16608, December 2010, and European Economic Review, 56(5), 2012, pp. 946–60.   Go to ⤴︎
4. M. J. Kotchen and J. J. Moon, "Corporate Social Responsibility for Irresponsibility," NBER Working Paper 17254, July 2011, and The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (Contributions), 12(1), 2012.   Go to ⤴︎
5. M. J. Kotchen and L. E. Grant, "Does Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Indiana," NBER Working Paper 14429, October 2008, and The Review of Economics and Statistics, 93(4), 2011, pp. 1172–85.   Go to ⤴︎
6. G. D. Jacobsen and M. J. Kotchen, "Are Building Codes Effective at Saving Energy? Evidence from Residential Billing Data in Florida," NBER Working Paper 16194, July 2010, and The Review of Economics and Statistics, 95(1), 2013, pp. 34–49.   Go to ⤴︎
7. A. Levinson, "How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Really Save? Evidence from California," NBER Working Paper 20797, December 2014, and American Economic Review, 106(10), 2016, pp. 2867–94.   Go to ⤴︎
8. M. J. Kotchen, "Do Building Energy Codes Have a Lasting Effect on Energy Consumption? New Evidence From Residential Billing Data in Florida," NBER Working Paper 21398, July 2015, and published as "Longer-Run Evidence on Whether Building Energy Codes Reduce Residential Energy Consumption," Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 4(1), 2017, pp. 135–53.   Go to ⤴︎
9. J. Graff-Zivin, M. J. Kotchen, and E. T. Mansur, "Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity of Marginal Emissions: Implications for Electric Cars and Other Electricity-Shifting Policies," NBER Working Paper 18462, October 2012, and Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 107, 2014, pp. 248–68.   Go to ⤴︎
10. S. P. Holland, E. T. Mansur, N. Z. Muller, and A. J. Yates, "Environmental Benefits from Driving Electric Vehicles?" NBER Working Paper 21291, June 2015, and published as "Are There Economic Benefits From Driving Electric Vehicles? The Importance of Local Factors," American Economic Review, 106(12), 2016, pp. 3700–29.   Go to ⤴︎
11. R. Deb, R. S. Gazzale, and M. J. Kotchen, "Testing Motives for Charitable Giving: A Revealed-Preference Methodology with Experimental Evidence," NBER Working Paper 18029, May 2012, and Journal of Public Economics, 120, 2014, pp. 181–92. Go to ⤴︎
12. M. J. Kotchen, "Which Social Cost of Carbon? A Theoretical Perspective," NBER Working Paper 22246, May 2016, and Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 5(3), 2018, pp. 673–94.   Go to ⤴︎
13. E. P. Fenichel, M. J. Kotchen, and E. T. Addicott, "Even the Representative Agent Must Die: Using Demographics to Inform Long-Term Social Discount Rates," NBER Working Paper 23591, July 2017. Go to ⤴︎

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