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Dr. Carolyn Kousky

The University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Carolyn Kousky is Executive Director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania.   

Dr. Kousky’s research focuses on disaster insurance markets, the National Flood Insurance Program, federal disaster aid and response, and policy responses to potential changes in extreme events with climate change. She has published numerous articles, reports, and book chapters on the economics and policy of natural disasters and disaster insurance markets, and is routinely cited in media outlets including NPR, The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, and CBS News.

Dr. Kousky was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Analysis of Costs and Benefits of Reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program and is a visiting Fellow at Resources for the Future. She is the recipient of the 2013 Tartufari International Prize from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. She has a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.