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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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JOURNAL ARTICLES
Managing shoreline retreat: a US perspective
Carolyn Kousky
Climatic Change | March 2014
 
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
 
Where Americans Live: A Geographic and Environmental Tally
Berger, A. M., Brown, C. L., Kousky, C., Laberteaux, K., and R. Zeckhauser
Harvard Journal of Real Estate | Vol. 1, No. 1 | pp. 39-49
 
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 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
 
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
 
Understanding the Demand for Flood Insurance
Carolyn Kousky
Natural Hazards Review | May 2011 | Vol. 12, No. 96
 
Perspective: The Challenge of Degraded Environments: How Common Biases Impair Effective Policy
Berger, A., Brown, C., Kousky, C. and Zeckhauser, R.
Risk Analysis | 2011 | Vol. 31, Issue 9 | pp. 1423-1433
 
Using Natural Capital to Reduce Disaster Risk
Carolyn Kousky
Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research | Vol. 2, No. 4 | 343-356
 
Improving Flood Insurance and Flood Risk Management: Insights from St. Louis, Missouri
Kousky, C. and H. Kunreuther
Natural Hazards Review | Vol. 11, No. 4 | pp. 162-172 | Related Discussion Paper 09-07
 
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
 
Public-Private Co-Production of Risk: Government Indemnification of the Commercial Space Launch Industry
Tim Brennan, Carolyn Kousky, and Molly Macauley
Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy | 2010 | Vol. 1, Issue 1 | Article 7 | Related Discussion Paper 09-38
 
Learning from Extreme Events: Risk Perceptions After the Flood
Carolyn Kousky
Land Economics | 2010 | Vol. 86, No. 3 | pp. 395-422
 
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
 
Private Investment and Government Protection
Kousky, C., E. F. P. Luttmer, and R. J. Zeckhauser
Journal of Risk and Uncertainty | 2006 | Vol. 33, No. 1/2 | pp. 73-100
 
Global Climate Policy: Will Cities Lead the Way?
Kousky, C. and S. H. Schneider
Climate Policy | Vol. 3 | pp. 359-372
 
  
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