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Jay Zarnikau

Adjunct Professor of Public Affairs

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512-372-8778 ext:103
SRH 3.281

Jay Zarnikau is the president of Frontier Associates. He provides consulting assistance to clients in the energy industry on issues related to energy conservation, the restructuring of electricity markets, energy pricing, and resource planning. His consulting work involves market research, statistical modeling, economic analysis, and expert witness testimony.

Dr. Zarnikau has authored or coauthored roughly thirty articles in refereed academic journals, including the Empirical Economics; Energy Journal; Energy Economics; Energy Policy; Resources and Energy; and IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. His research interests include statistical model selection, Bayesian statistical techniques, the pricing of electricity and water, pollution taxes, and the measurement of energy efficiency achievements.

Zarnikau, who has a Ph.D. in economics from The University of Texas at Austin, formerly served as the Director of Electric Utility Regulation at the Public Utility Commission of Texas and as a Program Manager at the UT College of Engineering's Center for Energy Studies. He has taught quantitative courses at the LBJ School of Public Affairs since 2003.

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Previous Positions

“The Many Factors that Affect the Success of Regulatory Mechanisms Designed to Foster Energy Efficiency,” Energy Efficiency. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2012.

“Exact Welfare Effect for Double-Log Demand with Partial Adjustment”, Empirical Economics, Springer, Vol. 42(1), 2010. With C.K. Woo and Eli Kollman.

“Aggregate Consumer Response to Wholesale Prices in the Restructured Texas Electricity Market,” Energy Economics. Vol. 30(4), 2008. With Ian Hallett.

“Spot Market Pricing of Water Resources and Efficient Means of Rationing Water During Scarcity.” Resource and Energy Economics. Vol. 16(3), 1994.