S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow
I am a S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley. I received my Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 2018.
My research is in environmental and resource economics with a focus on water issues in North America and South Asia. I study the role of natural resources in how societies are affected by climate change and pollution, and how policy design can help people better adapt. My research borrows tools from development economics, public finance, and industrial organization and often speaks to questions in agricultural and energy economics.
I am on the job market in 2019-2020 and will be available for interviews at the 2020 ASSA/AEA Annual Meeting in San Diego.
You can find my CV here.
JOB MARKET PAPER
How much can societies adapt to climate change? I provide evidence on this question by studying surface water, which is critical to irrigated agriculture yet is projected to become increasingly scarce in many parts of the world. To identify adaptation, I compare the long-run and short-run effects of water scarcity on agriculture, which I estimate using institutional variation in water allocation in California. First, I estimate long-run effects using spatial discontinuities in average water supplies at the borders between neighboring water utilities, where farmland is otherwise similar. Then, I estimate short-run effects in the same sample using weather-driven fluctuations in water supplies from year to year. Using high-resolution satellite data on land use, I find that short-run water scarcity reduces crop area and crop revenue (as predicted by crop choices). In the long run, land use shifts in some ways, but predicted crop revenue falls by 85 percent as much as in the short run, implying adaptation is limited. Absent new investments or policy changes, future declines in surface water supplies are likely to notably reduce the land area and output of agriculture.
IN THE FIELD
Ph.D. Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018
Sc.B. Physics and Economics, Brown University, 2010