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Solomon Hsiang
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Errors drive conclusions in World Bank post on ivory trade and elephant poaching: Response to Do, Levchenko, & Ma
(Spoiler alert: if you want to check your own skills in sniffing out statistical errors, skip the summary.)  Summary:  In their post on the World Bank blog , Dr. Quy-Toan Do, Dr. Andrei Levchenko , and Dr. Lin Ma (DLM for short) make three claims that they ...
(Spoiler alert: if you want to check your own skills in sniffing out statistical errors, skip the summary.) Summary: In their post on the World Bank blog, Dr. Quy-Toan Do, Dr. Andrei Levchenko, and Dr. Lin Ma (DLM for shor...
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Normality, Aggregation & Weighting: Response to Underwood’s second critique of our elephant poaching analysis
Response to Underwood’s second critique of our analysis of elephant poaching data and the legal sale of ivory Nitin Sekar and I recently released a paper  where we tried to understand if a 2008 legal ivory sale coordinated by CITES and designed to undercut ...
Response to Underwood’s second critique of our analysis of elephant poaching data and the legal sale of ivory Nitin Sekar and I recently released a paper where we tried to understand if a 2008 legal ivory sale coordinated by ...
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Applying econometrics to elephant poaching: our response to Underwood and Burn
Summary [warning: this is my longest post ever...] Nitin Sekar and I recently released a paper  examining whether a large legal sale of ivory affected poaching rates of elephants around the world. Our analysis indicated that the sale very likely had the opp...
Summary [warning: this is my longest post ever...] Nitin Sekar and I recently released a paper examining whether a large legal sale of ivory affected poaching rates of elephants around the world. Our analysis indicated ...
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Conflict in a changing climate: Adaptation, Projection, and Adaptive Projections (Guest post by Tamma Carleton)
Thanks in large
part to the authors of G-FEED, our knowledge of the link between climatic
variables and rates of crime and conflict is extensive (e.g. see here and here ). The wide-ranging effects of high temperatures on both
interpersonal crimes and large-...
Thanks in large part to the authors of G-FEED, our knowledge of the link between climatic variables and rates of crime and conflict is extensive (e.g. see here and here). The wide-ranging effects of high temperatures on both ...
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Do guns kill people or do people kill people? An economist's perspective
Marshall and I think a lot about the economics of violence, so when the debate about gun control started on House of Cards, I started considering the classic, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people."  I mulled over this a bit and got in a debate with m...
Marshall and I think a lot about the economics of violence, so when the debate about gun control started on House of Cards, I started considering the classic, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." I mulled over this...
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A decade of advances in climate econometrics
I have a new working paper  out reviewing various methods, models, and assumptions used in the econometrics literature to quantify the impact of climatic conditions on society.  My colleagues here on G-FEED have all made huge contributions, in terms of meth...
I have a new working paper out reviewing various methods, models, and assumptions used in the econometrics literature to quantify the impact of climatic conditions on society. My colleagues here on G-FEED have all made huge ...
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Evidence Should be Used in Global Management of Endangered Species: reply to the CITES Technical Advisory Group
In anticipation of the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the  CITES Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on elephant poaching and ivory smuggling1 released a document (numbere...
In anticipation of the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the CITES Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on elephant poaching and ivory smugglin...
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Everything we know about the effect of climate on humanity (or "How to tell your parents what you've been doing for the last decade")
Almost exactly ten years, Nick Stern released the his famous global analysis on the economics of climate change.  At the time, I was in my first year of grad school trying to figure out what to do research on and remember fiercely debating all aspects of th...
Almost exactly ten years, Nick Stern released the his famous global analysis on the economics of climate change. At the time, I was in my first year of grad school trying to figure out what to do research on and remember fie...
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Conflict in a changing climate: Adaptation, Projection, and Adaptive Projections (Guest post by Tamma Carleton)
Thanks in large part to the authors of G-FEED, our knowledge of the link between climatic variables and rates of crime and conflict is extensive (e.g. see here and here ). The wide-ranging effects of high temperatures on both interpersonal crimes and large-...
Thanks in large part to the authors of G-FEED, our knowledge of the link between climatic variables and rates of crime and conflict is extensive (e.g. see here and here). The wide-ranging effects of high temperatures on both ...
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The Planetary Geometry of Extreme Climate Migration
Adam Sobel  and I have a new paper on  Potentially Extreme Population Displacement and Concentration in the Tropics Under Non-Extreme Warming . The paper is a theoretical exercise making a simple point: tropical populations that migrate to maintain their te...
Adam Sobel and I have a new paper on Potentially Extreme Population Displacement and Concentration in the Tropics Under Non-Extreme Warming. The paper is a theoretical exercise making a simple point: tropical populations that...
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A decade of advances in climate econometrics
I have a new working paper  out reviewing various methods, models, and assumptions used in the econometrics literature to quantify the impact of climatic conditions on society.  My colleagues here on G-FEED have all made huge contributions, in terms of meth...
I have a new working paper out reviewing various methods, models, and assumptions used in the econometrics literature to quantify the impact of climatic conditions on society. My colleagues here on G-FEED have all made huge ...
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Very G-FEED-y jobs
We're hiring! The   Global Policy Lab   at  UC Berkeley  is now hiring multiple positions for a major research project at the nexus of  environmental resource management, economic development,  and  econometric modeling.   All job postings are open and appl...
We're hiring! The Global Policy Lab at UC Berkeley is now hiring multiple positions for a major research project at the nexus of environmental resource management, economic development, and econometric modeling. All jo...
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  • University of California, Berkeley
    Assistant Professor, 2013 - present
  • Princeton University
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2011 - 2013
  • National Bureau of Economic Research
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2011 - 2011
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  • Columbia University
    2006 - 2011
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    2002 - 2006
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