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Solomon Hsiang
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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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From the archives: Friends don't let friends add constants before squaring
I was rooting around in my hard-drive for a review article when I tripped over this old comment  that Marshall, Ted and I drafted a while back. While working on our 2013 climate meta-analysis , we ran across  an interesting article  by Ole Thiesen at PRIO w...
I was rooting around in my hard-drive for a review article when I tripped over this old comment that Marshall, Ted and I drafted a while back. While working on our 2013 climate meta-analysis, we ran across an interesting arti...
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What we know about climate change, conflict, and terrorism
Ever since Bernie Sanders' remarks about climate change causing terrorism , a lot of folks have been asking about what we know on this and related issues. I worked with Marshall and Tamma Carleton to put together this short brief for those interested in kno...
Ever since Bernie Sanders' remarks about climate change causing terrorism, a lot of folks have been asking about what we know on this and related issues. I worked with Marshall and Tamma Carleton to put together this short br...
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El Niño and Global Inequality (guest post by Kyle Meng)
El Niño is here, and in a big way. Recent sea-surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean, our main indicator of El Niño intensity, is about as high as they were prior to the winter of 1997/98, our last major El Niño (and one of the biggest in record...
El Niño is here, and in a big way. Recent sea-surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean, our main indicator of El Niño intensity, is about as high as they were prior to the winter of 1997/98, our last major El Niño (...
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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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Warming makes people unhappy: evidence from a billion tweets (guest post by Patrick Baylis)
Everyone likes fresh air, sunshine, and pleasant temperatures. But how much do we like these things? And how much would we be willing to pay to gain more of them, or to prevent a decrease in the current amount that we get? Clean air, sunny days, and moderat...
Everyone likes fresh air, sunshine, and pleasant temperatures. But how much do we like these things? And how much would we be willing to pay to gain more of them, or to prevent a decrease in the current amount that we get? C...
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Risky Business and Financial Disclosure
Nature recently requested clarification on whether I should have issued a financial disclosure for my recent paper with Marshall and Ted for a grant originating with the Risky Business Project , based on a inquiry from a concerned reader (at least one is  h...
Nature recently requested clarification on whether I should have issued a financial disclosure for my recent paper with Marshall and Ted for a grant originating with the Risky Business Project, based on a inquiry from a conce...
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El Niño is coming, make this time different
Kyle Meng and I published an op-ed in the Guardian today trying to raise awareness of the potential socioeconomic impacts, and policy responses, to the emerging El Niño.   Forecasts this year are extraordinary.  In particular, for folks who aren't climate w...
Kyle Meng and I published an op-ed in the Guardian today trying to raise awareness of the potential socioeconomic impacts, and policy responses, to the emerging El Niño.  Forecasts this year are extraordinary.  In particular,...
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One effect to rule them all? Our reply to Buhaug et al's climate and conflict commentary
For many years there has been a heated debate about the empirical link between climate and conflict. A year ago, Marshall, Ted Miguel and I published a paper in Science  where reviewed existed quantitative research on this question, reanalyzed numerous stud...
For many years there has been a heated debate about the empirical link between climate and conflict. A year ago, Marshall, Ted Miguel and I published a paper in Science where reviewed existed quantitative research on this que...
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  • Columbia University
    2006 - 2011
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    2002 - 2006
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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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