Solomon Hsiang combines data with mathematical models to understand how society and the environment influence one another. In particular, he focuses on how policy can encourage economic development while managing global climate change, how natural disasters impact societies and the effectiveness of policy responses, and how environmental conditions influence social instability and violence.
Hsiang is a Chancellor's Associate Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has served as a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Ph.D. Sustainable Development (2011), Columbia University, with distinction
B.S. Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science (2006), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, thesis awarded Goetze Prize
B.S. Urban Studies and Planning (2006), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, thesis awarded Outstanding Thesis Award
Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus.
Houser, T., S.M. Hsiang, R. Kopp, K. Larson, M. Delgado, A.S. Jina, M. Mastreandrea, S. Mohan, R. Muir-Woods, D.J. Rasmussen, J. Rising, P.Wilson, Columbia University Press (2015).
Conflict in a Changing Climate. Carleton, T., S.M. Hsiang, M. Burke, European Physical Journal Special Topics (forthcoming).
Climate Econometrics. Hsiang, S.M., Annual Review of Resource Economics (forthcoming).
Opportunities for advances in climate change economics. Burke, M., M. Craxton, C. D. Kolstad, C. Onda, H. Allcott, E. Baker, L. Barrage, R. Carson, K. Gillingham, J. Graf-Zivin, M. Greenstone, S. Hallegatte, W.M. Hanemann, G. Heal, S. Hsiang, B. Jones, D. L. Kelly, R. Kopp, M. Kotchen, R. Mendelsohn, K. Meng, G. Metcalf, J. Moreno-Cruz, R. Pindyck, S. Rose, I. Rudik, J. Stock, R. S. J. Tol, Science (2016) 352(6283):292-293.
Global non-linear effect of temperature on economic production
Burke*, M., S.M. Hsiang*, E. Miguel, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature15725 (* equal contribution).
Temperature and Human Capital in the Short- and Long-Run
Graff Zivin, J., S.M. Hsiang, M. Neidell NBER Working Paper No. 21157 (2015).
Tropical Economics. Hsiang, S.M., K.C. Meng, American Economic Review (2015) Papers & Proceedings, 105(5): 257–261.
Geography, Depreciation, and Growth. Hsiang, S.M., A.S. Jina, American Economic Review (2015) Papers & Proceedings, 105(5): 252-256.
Economic and Non-Economic Factors in Violence: Evidence from Organized Crime, Suicides and Climate in Mexico. Baysan, C. M. Burke, F. Gonzalez, S. Hsiang, E. Miguel (2015).
Climate and conflict. Burke, M., S.M. Hsiang, E. Miguel, Annual Review of Economics (2015) DOI:10.1146/annurev-economics- 080614-115430.