Carolyn Kousky

Resources for the Future

Carolyn Kousky is a fellow at Resources for the Future. She has published numerous articles, reports, and book chapters on the economics and policy of natural disasters and disaster insurance markets.  She has examined how individuals make decisions about extreme event risk, the demand for natural disaster insurance, the functioning of the National Flood Insurance Program, and policy responses to anticipated changes in extreme events from climate change. She is the recipient of the 2013 Tartufari International Prize from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.  Kousky was a member of that National Research Council Committee on the Analysis of Costs and Benefits of Reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program.  She has a bachelor's in Earth Systems from Stanford University and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.