Welcome to my academic web page. I am a PhD. Candidate in Applied Economics and Management at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. My research interests are in environmental economics, development economics and applied microeconomics. In particular, I study the coupled dynamics of natural resources, human health and poverty, as well as the distributional consequences of environmental policies.
My committee is chaired by Prof. Chris Barrett. In addition, I am advised in my research by Prof. Nancy Chau, Prof. Shanjun Li and Prof. Russell Toth (Yale University/ University of Sydney).
My CV is available here.
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Despite growing concern about the effect of environmental degradation on human health, little effort has been made to quantify the effect of ecosystem damage on the incidence and burden of infectious diseases. Using village-level administrative panel data and satellite data on forest cover, I find that deforestation from 2001-2008 in Indonesia can explain 360,000-880,000 additional malaria infections. The evidence is consistent with an ecological response and the effect of deforestation on malaria cannot be explained by post-deforestation land use change, anti-malarial programs or migration. The effect is specific to malaria, with deforestation having no discernible effect on other diseases with disease ecologies different from that of malaria. Back of the envelope calculations suggest that the local health benefits from avoided deforestation are an order of magnitude higher than the global carbon benefits, underscoring a large, yet previously ignored and unquantified cost of deforestation.