Professor Kosnik joined the Economics Department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2004, after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her main areas of expertise include environmental economics, energy economics, and behavioral economics. She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Ankara, Turkey. Professor Kosnik has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses, and published in a wide range of both academic and non-academic journals.  She has an active research agenda which includes analysis of hydroelectric dam regulation, renewable energy and climate change, and decision-theory in the context of behavioral judgment heuristics. She is a member of the American Economic Association, the Midwest Economics Association, the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (where she is the regional co-ordinator for the annual MEA meetings), the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics, and the Transportation and Public Utilties Group (where she is currently serving as Past-President and Board Member).




     CV - Abbreviated (July, 2018)



     Kosnik, L.R.  2018.  "Cap-and-Trade versus Carbon Taxes:  Which Market Mechanism Does the Public

        Favor?"  (26 pgs.)  Climatic Change  151(3):605-618..

     Bellas, Allen and L. Kosnik. 2018. "Which Leading Journal Leads?  Idea Diffusion in Economics Research

        Journals."  Empirical Economics  In Press.

     Kosnik, L.  2018.  "JEL Codes - What Do They Mean and Are They Used Consistently?"  (36 pgs.)  Journal of

        Economic Surveys  32(1):249-272.

     Kosnik, L.  2016.  "In Tandem or Out of Sync?  Academic Economics Research and Public Policy

        Measures."  Contemporary Economic Policy  34(1):190-202.

     Kosnik, L.  2015.  "What Have Economists Been Doing for the Last 50 Years?  A Text Analysis of

        Published Academic Research from 1960-2010."  Economics  9:1-38.

     Kosnik, L.  2014.  "Determinants of Contract Completeness:  An Environmental Regulatory Application."

        International Review of Law and Economics  37:198-208.

     Kosnik, L (Associate Editor).  2014.  Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: An Encyclopedia,

        eds. by Tim Haab and John Whitehead.  Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, Inc.

     Kosnik, L.  2014.  "Energy - Alternative Sources."  Entry In: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics:

        An Encyclopedia, eds. by Tim Haab and John Whitehead.  Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, Inc.

     Kosnik, L.  2014.  "Elinor Ostrom."  Entry In: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: An Encyclopedia,

        eds. by Tim Haab and John Whitehead.  Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, Inc.

     Kosnik, L.  2012.  "The Anticommons and the Environment."  Journal of Environmental Management.  


     Kosnik, L. and Ian Lange. 2011.  "Contract Renegotiation and Rent Re-Distribution: Who Gets Raked Over

        the Coals."  The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management  62:155-165.

     Kosnik, L.  2010.   "The Potential for Small Scale Hydropower Development in the U.S."  Energy Policy  


     Kosnik, L.  2010.  "River-Basin Water Management in the U.S.: A Regulatory Anticommons."  Environmental

        & Energy Law & Policy Journal  5(2):183-213.

     Kosnik, L.  2010.  "Balancing Environmental Protection and Energy Production in the Federal Hydropower

        Licensing Process."  Land Economics  86(3):444-466..

     Kosnik, L.  2010.  "Time to Pick a Fight? Interest Group Decision Making to Enter the Hydropower Regulatory

        Process."  Eastern Economic Journal  36(1):11-32.

     Kosnik, L. 2009.  "Letter: Regarding Voting for Charity's Sake."  The Economists' Voice  6(3):Article 4.

     Kosnik, L. 2008.  "The Potential of Water Power in the Fight Against Global Warming in the U.S."  

        Energy Policy  36(9):3252-3265.

     Kosnik, L.  2008.  "Refusing to Budge: A Confirmatory Bias in Decision Making?"  Mind and Society  


     Kosnik, L.  2008.  "Consolidation & Ownership Trends of Nonfederal Hydropower Generating Assets,

        1980-2003."  Energy Economics  30(3):715-731.

     Kosnik, L.  2007. "The Greening of Higher Education."  Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

        Newsletter 27(2):22-25.

     Kosnik, L.  2006. “Sources of Bureaucratic Delay: A Case Study of FERC Dam Relicensing.”  Journal

        of Law, Economics, and Organization  22(1):258-288.

     Meiners, R.E. and Kosnik, L. 2003. “Restoring Harmony in the Klamath Basin.” PERC Policy Series 27:1-28.

     Anderson, T.L. and Kosnik, L. 2002. “Sustainable Skepticism and Sustainable Development.” Case Western

        Reserve Law Review 53(2):439-48.

     Yandle, B., Morriss, A.P. and Kosnik, L. 2002. Regulating Air Quality Through Litigation: The Diesel

        Engine Episode Bozeman: PERC.

     Yandle, B., Morriss, A.P. and Kosnik, L. 2002. “Regulation by Litigation: The Diesel Engine Episode.”

        PERC Policy Series 25:1-27.



Working Papers:

     Bellas, Allen and L. Kosnik.  2018.  "A Retrospective Benefit Cost Analysis on the Elwha River Restoration

          Project."  (27 pgs.)  Revise and Resubmit.  

     Karig, M., Kosnik, L.R., Nayak, S., and Douglas Smith.  2018.  "Assessing Residential Customer Satisfaction

        for Large Electric Utilities."  (35 pgs.)   Revise and Resubmit.

     Fogarty, B., Curtis, J., Gouzien, P.F., Kimball, D.C., Kosnik, L.R., Vorst, E.C.  2018.  "News Coverage of Voter

        Fraud in the 2012 Elections."  (40 pgs.)  Revise and Resubmit.

     Boyer, T., Kosnik, L.R., and Max Melstrom.  2018.  "Endangered and Threatened Species Listings"

     Kosnik, L.R.  2018.  "RGGI Auction Prices and Tone."  Working Paper.

     Kosnik, L.R.  2018.  "Extended Producer Responsibility Laws by State.."  Working Paper.



Ghost Papers (that appear to have died a spooky, inexplicable death):

     Kosnik, L. and L. Collingwood.  2013.  "Automated Text Classification of Legal Contracts Using

        Supervised Learning Methods."

     Kosnik, L., Mark Jamison, and Ted Kury.  2012.  "Quantifying the Effects of Carbon Dioxide Emissions

        Limits on the Electricity Market in China."  (6 pgs.)

     Kosnik, L.  2011.  "The National Security Benefit to Domestic Energy Production."

     Kosnik, L.  2007.  "Hydropower: A Comparative Regulatory Analysis of the U.S., New Zealand, and China."

     Kosnik, L.  2004.  "An Aggregation Effect in Behavioral Decision-Making."  (30 pgs.)



Interviews/Write-Ups/The Popular Press (Selected):

     St. Louis Public Radio-NPR, November 18, 2018.  "Climate Change to Bring Missouri Heavier Rains, Hotter

        Days and Major Costs."

     The Christian Science Monitor, May 13, 2016.  "Hydropower's Next Act: Becoming a Less-Controversial


     E&E News, February 23, 2015. "Net Metering Produced a Benefit in MO., Report Says."

     Alternatives Economiques, December 2014.  "C'est prouve scientifiquement: les economistes ont la grosse tete!"

     UMSL Daily, December 8, 2014, "UMSL Economist Publishes Novel on Judith Shakespeare."

     Investor's Business Daily, June 3, 2014, "Energy Employers Can't Find Enough Young Job Seekers."

     KWMU St. Louis Public Radio interview, December 19, 2013, on the economy and extending government

        unemployment benefits.

     KWMU St. Louis Public Radio interview, August 1, 2013, "Jury Still Out on Missouri Sales Tax Holidays -

        Are You Shopping This Weekend?"

     The Tribune-Star, March 2, 2013, "Environmental Economist to Speak on River-Basin Regulation,

        Small-Scale Hydropower."

     The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 16, 2012, "Boeing, Wash U., Others Play 'What If' with the Fiscal


     UMSL Daily, January 12, 2012, "Economist Discusses Future of Ethanol Industry, Gas Prices."

     KWMU St. Louis Public Radio interview, January 10, 2012, "The Future of Ethanol."

     The Current, November 28, 2011, "Climate Scientists' Warning to Prepare for Extreme Weather

        Follows Record-Setting Summer."

     KDHX radio interview, November 10, 2011, "Earthworms: Environmental Economics and Energy Markets."

     HEC-TV, July, 2011, "Impact: Environmental Mom/Economist."

     Jewish Light, April 21, 2011, "UMSL Professor Combines Environment and Economics."

     The Current, March 8, 2011, "UMSL Professor Plays an Active Part in EPA's 2011 Clean Air Act."

     The Current, March 1, 2011, "UMSL Economist Kosnik, Movie Star Portman Join."

     KMOX/CBS St. Louis media interview (print), February 24, 2011,  "Missouri Mom Combats Pollutant."

     KMOX/CBS St. Louis media interview (radio), February 24, 2011,  "Missouri Mom Combats Pollutant."

     UMSL Newsroom Blog, February 22, 2011, "Economist Joins Natalie Portman, Scientist Moms to

        Reduce Toxic Pollution."

     The Current, October 18, 2010, "Who is Big in Science on Campus?"

     The St.Louis Post-Dispatch, August 10, 2010, "Saggin Income Signals Tough Road Ahead ":

     UMSL Newsroom Blog, June 29, 2010, "Environmental Economist Overcomes Obstacles, Now in

        High Demand."

     Science Matters Blog, December 9, 2009, "During Copenhagen, Scientists Speak on What We

        Should Do About Climate Change."

     The Current, September 8, 2009, "Lea-Rachel Kosnik's Knowledge Combines Environment and


     The St.Louis Post-Dispatch, May 7, 2009, "The 'Paradox of Thrift': We're Saving More Now and the

        Timing Couldn't Be Worse":

     The Current, April 27, 2009, "Summit Discusses Energy Sources."

     KWMU media interview, April 23, 2009, for a local piece on the UM-Energy Summit

     KFRU news talk radio interview, April 22, 2009, "Simon Rose and Renee Hulshof" 10 am program

     The St.Louis Post-Dispatch, February 16, 2009, "As Economy Sours, it's Sweet to be an Economist":

     The Current, February 2, 2009, "Faculty Spotlight: Lea-Rachel Kosnik": Environmental Economist

        pushes "second-effect thinking."

     Miller-McCune, January 22, 2008, "Hydro Doesn't Have to be Big":

     Miller-McCune, January 23, 2008, "Reducing the Big Problem of Climate Change by Adding

        Little Hydroelectric Plants ":

     Miller-McCune, January 24, 2008, "Big Hydro is Dead! Long Live Big Hydro!":

     Ethical Corporation, November 10, 2007, "Greening Campuses":  pages1&2

     Business First, December 15, 2005, "Agreement Addresses Range of Development Issues":  

        page 1  page 2



Upcoming Conference/Seminar Attendance/Presentation:

     September 28-September 30, 2018 in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
         Heartland Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop

     January 4-6, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia
         American Economic Association Annual Meeting

     March 15-17, 2019, in St. Louis, MO
         Midwest Economics Association Annual Meeting