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Stephen Cotten

Stephen Cotten, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics,
College of Business

Contact number: 281-283-3207
Office: B3121


Dr. Cotten received his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Tennessee in 2009. He joined the UHCL faculty as an associate professor in 2015, after working as an assistant professor from 2009-2015. In the summer of 2022, he was promoted to professor. He has written over a dozen publications, book chapters, and working papers, and has delivered various presentations. Dr. Cotten has also contributed content to four textbooks and served as a consultant for Space Center Houston, regional hospitals and local government.

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy policy
  • Environmental and natural resource policy
  • Experimental economics
  • Industrial organization
  • Law and economics
  • Public economics
  • Corporate governance


  • “Social Preferences and Collusion: A Laboratory Experiment” with Youping Li and Rudy Santore. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics. Published “Online First”, pp. 1-18, November 17, 2020. DOI: 10.1628/jite-2020-0049
  • “Does peer group size influence social preferences and risk-taking?” with Justin Roush and Rudy Santore. Bulletin of Economic Research 71(4): 573-584. 2019.
  • “Population Shifts and Discrete Public Services: Rationing Rules and the Support for Public Goods” with Todd L. Cherry and Michael McKee. Public Finance Review 47(3): 585-602. 2019.
  • “Reining in the Ruble: A Story of Oil, Sanctions and the Bank of Russia” with Anne Anders and Ivelina Pavlova. Journal of Finance Case Research 19(1) 2018.
  • “Common Resource Bargaining: A Collective Action Game” with Robert Hodgin. Journal of Economics and Finance Education 15(1): 84-95. 2016.
  • “Using Newton’s Method to Compute Bond Yields in ExamView,” with Jeff Whitworth. The Journal of the American Academy of Business 21(2): 222-228. 2016.
  • “Colluding with a Conscience” with Rudy Santore and Youping Li. Journal of Economics 114: 255-269. 2015.
  • “Reverse Convertible Notes: Determinants of Secondary Market Prices” with Timothy Michael, Ivelina Pavlova and Jeffrey Whitworth. Business Studies Journal 5 (2). 2014.
Book Chapters
  • “Coasean Bargaining” with Todd Cherry and Jason Shogren, in Encyclopedia of Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Economics, edited by Jason Shogren. Oxford, Elsevier. Vol. 3. 5-9. 2013.
  • “Can Public Goods Experiments Inform Policy? Reducing Confusion among Experiment Participants” with Paul J. Ferraro and Christian A. Vossler, in Experimental Methods: Environmental Economics, edited by Todd L. Cherry, Jason F. Shogren, and S. Kroll. Routledge, London, 2008.

Courses (Current Academic Year)

  • Energy Markets 
  • Environmental Economics
  • Money and Banking 
  • Public Finance
  • Principles of Macroeconomics 
  • Financial Literacy 

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Excellence in Service to Students Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success, May 2014
  • Best Educational Pedagogy Paper, “Retirement Under Uncertainty: Using Excel to Enhance Financial Planning Instruction” from the Financial Education Association Conference, Charleston, SC, September 2012.
  • Honorable Mention for Best Paper, “The Effect of Contingent Fee Caps on the Quality of Legal Services” from the General Business Conference, Huntsville, TX, April 2010
  • Selected as a U.S. delegate to the 2nd Lindau Meeting of the Winners of the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel – Lindau, Germany, 2006