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Carolyn Kousky
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202-328-5188
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PROFILE
Carolyn Kousky’s research focuses on natural resource management, decisionmaking under uncertainty, and individual and societal responses to natural disaster risk. She has examined how individuals learn about extreme event risk, the demand for natural disaster insurance, and policy responses to potential changes in extreme events with climate change. She is also interested in ecosystem services policy, and has examined the design of incentive-based mechanisms to supply ecosystem services and the use of natural capital to reduce vulnerability to weather-related disasters.
 
Featured Publications
Managing shoreline retreat: a US perspective
Carolyn Kousky
Climatic Change | March 2014
 
Does Federal Disaster Assistance Crowd Out Private Demand for Insurance?
Carolyn Kousky, Erwann O. Michel-Kerjan, and Paul Raschky
Risk Management and Decision Processes Center The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania 2013-10 | October 2013
 
Informing Climate Adaptation: A Review of the Economic Costs of Natural Disasters Energy Economics
Carolyn Kousky
Energy Economics | Related Discussion Paper 12-28
 
Facts about FEMA Household Disaster Aid: Examining the 2008 Floods and Tornadoes in Missouri
Carolyn Kousky
Weather, Climate, and Society
 
Strategically Placing Green Infrastructure: Cost-Effective Land Conservation in the Floodplain
Kousky, C., S. M. Olmstead, M. A. Walls, and M. Macauley
Environmental Science & Technology | DOI: 10.1021/es303938c
 
Explaining the Failure to Insure Catastrophic Risks
Kousky, C. and R. Cooke
The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice | Vol. 37, No. 2 | 206-227
 
Redistributional Effects of the National Flood Insurance Program
Bin, O., Bishop, J., and C. Kousky
Public Finance Review | Vol. 40, No.3 | doi: 10.1177/1091142111432448 | 360-380 | Related Discussion Paper 11-14
 
Risk Premia and the Social Cost of Carbon: A Review
Kousky, C., Kopp, R. E., and R. M. Cooke
Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal | Vol. 5, 2011-21
 
Managing Natural Catastrophe Risk: State Insurance Programs in the United States
Carolyn Kousky
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy | doi: 10.1093/reep/req020 | Related Discussion Paper 10-30
 
Managing Dependencies in Forest Offset Projects: Toward a More Complete Evaluation of Reversal Risk
David M. Cooley, Christopher S. Galik, Thomas P. Holmes, Carolyn Kousky, Roger M. Cooke
Mitigation and Adaptation of Strategies for Global Change | 2012 | Vol. 17, No. 1 | pp. 17-24
 
Understanding the Demand for Flood Insurance
Carolyn Kousky
Natural Hazards Review | May 2011 | Vol. 12, No. 96
 
Learning from Extreme Events: Risk Perceptions After the Flood
Carolyn Kousky
Land Economics | 2010 | Vol. 86, No. 3 | pp. 395-422
 
Come Rain or Shine: Evidence on Flood Insurance Purchases in Florida
Erwann Michel-Kerjan and Carolyn Kousky
Journal of Risk and Insurance | 2010 | Vol. 77, No. 2 | pp. 369-397
 
Designing Payments for Ecosystem Services: Lessons from Previous Experience with Incentive-based Mechanisms
Jack, B. K., C. Kousky, and K. E. Sims
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences | 2008 | Vol. 105, No. 28 | pp. 9465-9470
 
Options Contracts for Contingent Takings
Kousky, C., S. Walsh, and R. Zeckhauser
Issues in Legal Scholarship | 2007 | Vol. 10
 
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OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Inside RFF: A Look at What's Happening
Carolyn Kousky, Allen Blackman, Daniel Shawhan, Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Roger M. Cooke, Margaret A. Walls, Molly K. Macauley
Resources | 2014 (185)
 
A New Era of Disaster Aid? Reflections on the Sandy Supplemental
Carolyn Kousky, Leonard A. Shabman
Issue Brief 13-05 | December 2013
 
The National Flood Insurance Program: Directions for Reform
Carolyn Kousky
Resources | 2013 (184)
 
Resources Magazine: 184
Phil Sharp, Dallas Burtraw, Rebecca Epanchin-Niell, Carolyn Kousky, Joshua Linn, Daniel F. Morris, P. Lynn Scarlett, Roger A. Sedjo, Margaret A. Walls
Resources | 2013 (184)
 
Addressing Affordability in the National Flood Insurance Program
Carolyn Kousky, Howard Kunreuther
Issue Brief 13-02 | August 2013
 
Infographic: Hurricane Sandy and the National Flood Insurance Program
Carolyn Kousky
Resources | 2013 (183)
 
Goings On
James Smith, Anthony Paul, Carolyn Fischer, James W. Boyd, Elisheba Beia Spiller, Sheila M. Olmstead, Molly K. Macauley, Phil Sharp, Carolyn Kousky, Raymond J. Kopp, Dallas Burtraw, Alan J. Krupnick, Yusuke Kuwayama , P. Lynn Scarlett, Karen L. Palmer
Resources | 2012 (181)
 
Hurricane Sandy, Storm Surge, and the National Flood Insurance Program: A Primer on New York and New Jersey
Carolyn Kousky, Erwann Michel-Kerjan
Issue Brief 12-08 | November 2012
 
The Realities of Federal Disaster Aid: The Case of Floods
Carolyn Kousky, Leonard A. Shabman
Issue Brief 12-02 | April 2012
 
Resources Magazine: 179
James W. Boyd, Joel Darmstadter, Winston Harrington, Raymond J. Kopp, Carolyn Kousky, Joshua Linn, Sheila M. Olmstead, Juha V. Siikamäki, Phil Sharp
Resources | 2012 (179)
 
Unnatural Disasters?
Sheila M. Olmstead, Carolyn Kousky
Resources | 2012 (179)
 
Inside RFF
Molly K. Macauley, Alan J. Krupnick, Yusuke Kuwayama , Carolyn Kousky, Elisheba Beia Spiller, Roger M. Cooke, James W. Boyd, Jintao Xu, Jared Carbone, James Smith, W. Reed Walker, Michael Madowitz, Alison Sexton, Junjie Zhang
Resources | 2012 (179)
 
Guest commentary: The economics of flooding
Carolyn Kousky and Richard Zeckhauser
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
 
Resources Magazine
Joseph E. Aldy, John W. Anderson, Lynann Butkiewicz, Mark A Cohen, Roger M. Cooke, Arthur G. Fraas, Madeline Gottlieb, Kristin Hayes, Carolyn Kousky, Joshua Linn, Molly K. Macauley, Richard D. Morgenstern, Daniel F. Morris, Timothy Murphy, Nigel Purvis, Leslie Richardson, Nathan Richardson, Heather L. Ross, P. Lynn Scarlett, Adam Stern, Andrew R Stevenson
Resources | Winter/Spring 2011 (177)
 
Managing the Risks of Deepwater Drilling
Carolyn Kousky
Resources | Winter/Spring 2011 (177)
 
Using Bayesian Belief Nets for Managing Climate Risk in Long-Lived Water Infrastructure Projects
Roger Cooke, Carolyn Kousky
Background paper for the World Bank
 
Adapting to Extreme Events: Managing Fat Tails
Carolyn Kousky, Roger M. Cooke
Issue Brief 10-12 | May 2010
 
Climate Dependencies and Risk Management: Microcorrelations and Tail Dependence
Roger M. Cooke, Carolyn Kousky
Issue Brief 10-13 | May 2010
 
Reforming the National Flood Insurance Program
Carolyn Kousky
Issue Brief 10-01 | February 2010
 
Are Catastrophes Insurable?
Roger M. Cooke, Carolyn Kousky
Resources | Summer 2009 (172)
 
Resources 172 - Summer 2009
Phil Sharp, Roger M. Cooke, Carolyn Kousky, J. Clarence Davies, Sandra A. Hoffmann
Resources | Summer 2009 (172)
 
What the Feds Can Do about Hurricanes
Roger Cooke and Carolyn Kousky
St. Petersburg Times | May 31, 2009
 
Costs and Risks are Escalating
C. Kousky
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
 
Choosing From the Policy Toolbox
Kousky, C.
Ecosystem Marketplace
 
  
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