Jesse I. Kaczmarski

About me

I am a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate with The University of New Mexico (UNM) Department of Economics. I am currently on the job market. My research focuses on the economic dimensions of grid modernization initiatives and how they manifest differently across different stakeholder groups. My research methodology employs a range of social science techniques to identify economic questions and conduct empirical analysis. As an applied microeconomist, my areas of proficiency include survey design and sampling, cross-sectional econometrics, high-frequency econometrics, and policy analysis.

In addition to my responsibilities as a Ph.D. candidate, I have also been serving as a graduate research assistant with the New Mexico SMART Grid Center for the past four years. In this capacity, I work collaboratively with economists, engineers, and computer scientists to investigate residential consumer perspectives on demand response and distributed feeder microgrids, the economic burden of COVID-19 on residential electricity bills, the relationship between household characteristics and load attributes, the development of a cost-benefit framework for community microgrids, and general electricity research pertaining to the Southwest region. My publications and working papers in this area can be found on the research page of this website.

Research Interests:

  • Electricity Markets and Power Infrastructure

  • Smart Grid Adoption

  • Customer Dimensions of Demand Response

  • Contingent Valuation