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Burcin Unel

Senior Economist

Dr. Burcin Unel is a senior economist at the Institute for Policy Integrity.

Her areas of expertise include energy economics and policy, health economics and policy, industrial organization, regulation, and applied microeconomics. Her current work builds on her expertise in microeconomic theory and industrial organization to help policymakers design socially efficient policies, particularly in energy, environment, and health. She focuses on incentives created by different policies and regulations, and examines their social welfare implications including labor market outcomes.

At Policy Integrity, she drafts policy briefs, comments, testimonies, and guidance documents to help policymakers, utility regulators, and their staff around the country to help improve the quality of governmental decisionmaking in energy policy at state and federal levels. She also leads Policy Integrity’s stakeholder involvement in Reforming the Energy Vision and related state energy policy initiatives in New York State.

Before joining Policy Integrity, she held faculty positions at the Department of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida, and the Department of Economics at Bogaziçi University in Turkey. She also taught as an adjunct faculty member at the City College of New York and NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She received a B.A. in Economics from Bogaziçi University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Florida.

She can be reached at or (212) 992-6285.


Academic Articles

Managing the Future of the Electricity Grid: Distributed Generation and Net Metering, 41 Harvard Environmental Law Review, 2017, (with R. Revesz).

Wearing Out Your Welcome: Examining Differential Medicaid Eligibility of New Entrants and Continuing Recipients – Contemporary Economic Policy, December 2016

Conservation Pricing for Residential Water SupplyIFAS Publication, November 2008

Privately-Negotiated Input Prices – Journal of Regulatory Economics, May 2005


New York’s Clean Energy Standard is a key step toward pricing carbon pollution fairly – Utility Dive, August 2016

Policy Work

Party Comments on California Public Utilities Commission Order Instituting Rulemaking to Create a Consistent Regulatory Framework for the Guidance, Planning, and Evaluation of Integrated Distributed Energy Resources, Rulemaking 14-10-003, March 2017.

Public Comments to Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions under Section 3(d) of the Global Warming Solutions Act, February 2017.

Public Comments to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Proposed Rulemaking for Electric Storage Participation in Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators, 18 C.F.R. pt. 35, January 2017.

Party Comments on New York State Department of Public Service Staff Report and Recommendations in the Value of Distributed Energy Resources Proceeding, Case 15-E-0751, December 2016.

Party Comments on New York State Department of Public Service, Petitions for Rehearing on Clean Energy Standard, Case 15-E-0302, October 2016.

Party Comments on Benefit Cost Analysis Handbooks in the Reforming the Energy Vision Proceeding, Case 16-M-0412, September 2016.

Public Comments on Draft NARUC DER Compensation Manual, September 2016.

Party Comments on New York State Department of Public Service Staff’s Responsive Proposal for Preserving Zero-Emissions Attributes, Case 15-E-0302, July 2016.

Public Comments for Federal Trade Commission Something New Under the Sun Workshop, June 2016.

Party Comments on New York State Department of Public Service In the Matter of the Value of Distributed Energy Resources and Options Related to Establishing an Interim Methodology, Case 15-E-0751, April 2016.

Party Comments on New York State Department of Public Service Staff White Paper on Clean Energy Standard, Case 15-E-0302, April 2016.

Public Comments on Proposed Federal Plan Requirements for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Electric Utility Generating Units Constructed on or Before January 8, 2014, and Model Trading Rules; Amendments to Framework Regulations. January 2016.

Party Comments on New York State Department of Public Service Staff White Paper on Ratemaking and Utility Business Models, Case 14-M-0101, October 2015.

Party Comments on New York State Department of Public Service Policy Staff White Paper on Benefit Cost Analysis, Case 14-M-0101, August 2015.

Public Comments on Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia Order Opening Investigation into Modernizing the Energy Delivery Structure for Increased Sustainability, Order No.17912, August 2015.

Public Comments on Joint Application of Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas LLC, both d/b/a We Energies, for Authority to Adjust Electric, Natural Gas, and Steam Rates, Docket No. 5-UR-107, October 2014.