The Economics Department

Jay Zarnikau

Affiliated FacultyPhD, University of Texas at Austin

Adjunct Professor, Department of Statistics & Data Science
Jay Zarnikau


  • Phone: 512-471-3664
  • Office: BRB 3.134H
  • Office Hours: Fall 2021 | By Appointment


Jay Z teaches graduate-level courses in applied statistics, research methods, and energy economics in the departments of Economics and Statistics & Data Science, as well as the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

As a vice president at Frontier Energy, Jay provides consulting assistance on topics related to energy economics, energy regulation, energy efficiency, resource planning, and pricing.  Formerly, Jay was the president of Frontier Associates LLC, which merged into Frontier Energy in 2018.  Jay was also previously the Director of Electric Utility Regulation at the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

Jay has authored or co-authored over 80 articles appearing in academic and trade journals, including IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Energy Economics, Energy – the international journal, Resource and Energy Economics, Journal of Regulatory Economics, The Energy Journal, Energy Policy, Managerial and Decision Economics, and Empirical Economics.  His research interests center on energy pricing, electricity resource planning, renewable energy, energy market design, and the application of modeling techniques to problems in resource economics. 

Jay has provided expert witness testimony in over 40 regulatory proceedings in Texas, California, Arkansas, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Arkansas.

Jay’s Ph.D. degree is from the Economics Department at The University of Texas at Austin. 

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