- Climate change adaptation
- Risk perception and mitigation mechanisms
- Economic impact of natural disasters
My research in environmental economics focuses on two specific strands of empirical literature. The first strand entails a comprehensive understanding of how economic agents adjust to natural and man-made hazards, which in turn have an impact on both economic welfare and environmental quality. The second strand involves a rigorous evaluation of how policies can be designed effectively to improve measures of household well-being and different ways to cope up with natural disasters. Some of my recent research objectives include:
- Assessing the long-term impact of the 1988 earthquake in Nepal on human capital and labor market outcomes
- Quantifying the magnitude of agricultural adaptation to climate change in the U.S. and repercussions on water quality
- Predicting future agricultural responses to climate change under a business-as-usual scenario
- Evaluating the economic impact of forest fires in Nepal to explore whether home values capitalize perceived risks of forest fires in a developing country setting
My research takes advantage of large-scale micro-level data on households and individuals in conjunction with satellite data on forest fires and seismic intensity maps, and applies econometric methods, including quasi-experimental techniques and instrumental variables approach, to study a variety of environmental issues such as climate change, earthquakes and forest fires. My findings provide important information on the empirical estimation of economic welfare and environmental damages and offer policy implications applicable to both developing and developed countries.
I am interested in collaborating on interdisciplinary research that explores issues on risk assessment and potential mitigation of natural and man-made hazards while fostering resilience and social equity among communities across the globe.
- ECON 303: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
- ECON 333: Natural Resource Economics