Columbia University, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA
Environmental economics, health economics, climate change, human capital, public health, productivity
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, USA (2011–2018); Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University (2004–2011); Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, European University Institute (2012–2013)
PhD Economics, UCLA, 2002
"When externalities collide: Influenza and pollution.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (Forthcoming) (with J. Graff Zivin, N. Sanders, and G. Singer).
“This is air: The ‘non-health’ effects of air pollution.” Annual Review of Resource Economics 14:1 (2022): 403-425 (with S. Aguilar-Gomez, H. Dwyer, and J. Graff Zivin).
“The unintended effects from halting nuclear power production: Evidence from the Fukushima Daiichi accident.” Journal of Health Economics 79 (2021) (with S. Uchida and M. Veronesi).
“Environment, health, and human capital.” Journal of Economic Literature 51:3 (2013) (with J. Graff Zivin).
“The impact of pollution on worker productivity.” American Economic Review 102:7 (2012) (with J. Graff Zivin).
Higher levels of air pollution reduce worker productivity, even when air quality is generally lowEnvironmental regulations are typically considered to be a drag on the economy. However, improved environmental quality may actually enhance productivity by creating a healthier workforce. Evidence suggests that improvements in air quality lead to improvements in worker productivity at the micro level across a range of sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, and the service sectors, as well as at more aggregate macro levels. These effects also arise at levels of air quality that are below pollution thresholds in countries with the highest levels of environmental regulation. The findings suggest a new approach for understanding the consequences of environmental regulations.MoreLess