Solomon Hsiang

Solomon Hsiang combines data with mathematical models to understand how society and the environment influence one another. In particular, he focuses on how policy can encourage economic development while managing the global climate. His research has been published in NatureScience, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Hsiang earned a BS in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science and a BS in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he received a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Applied Econometrics at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton University. Hsiang is currently the Chancellor's Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and a Research Associate at the NBER. 

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Selected Publications

An Economist’s Guide to Climate Change Science
Hsiang & Kopp, Journal of Economic Perspectives (2018)

Estimating global agricultural effects of geoengineering using volcanic eruptions
Proctor, Hsiang, Burney, Burke, Schlenker, Nature (2018)

Higher temperatures increase suicide rates in the United States and Mexico
Burke, González, Baylis, Heft-Neal, Baysan, Basu, Hsiang, Nature Climate Change (2018)

Estimating economic damage from climate change in the United States
Hsiang, Kopp, Jina, Rising, Delgado, Mohan, Rasmussen, Muir-Wood, Wilson, Oppenheimer, Larsen, Houser, Science (2017)

Social and economic impacts of climate
Carleton & Hsiang, Science (2016)

Climate Econometrics
Hsiang, Annual Review of Resource Economics (2016)

Global Non-linear Effect of Temperature on Economic Production
Burke, Hsiang, Miguel, Nature (2015)

Nonlinear permanent migration response to climatic variations but minimal response to disasters
Bohra-Mishra, Oppenheimer, Hsiang, PNAS (2014)

Reconciling disagreement over climate–conflict results in Africa
Hsiang, Meng, PNAS (2014)

Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict
Hsiang, Burke, Miguel, Science (2013)

Civil Conflicts are associated with the global climate
Hsiang, Meng, Cane, Nature (2011)

Temperatures and cyclones strongly associated with economic production in the Caribbean and Central America
Hsiang, PNAS (2010)

Selected Working Papers

Accounting for Unobservable Heterogeneity in Cross Section Using Spatial First Differences
Druckenmiller, Hsiang, NBER working paper 25177 (2018)

The Marginal Product of Climate
Deryugina, Hsiang, NBER working paper 24072 (2017)

The Distribution of Environmental Damages
Hsiang, Oliva, Walker, NBER working paper 23882 (2017)

Does Legalization Reduce Black Market Activity? Evidence from a Global Ivory Experiment and Elephant Poaching Data
Hsiang, Sekar, NBER working paper 22314 (2016)

The Causal Effect of Environmental Catastrophe on Long-Run Economic Growth: Evidence From 6,700 Cyclones
Hsiang, Jina, NBER Working Paper 20352 (2014)

Does the Environment Still Matter? Daily Temperature and Income in the United States
Deryugina, Hsiang, NBER Working Paper No. 20750 (2014)

Destruction, Disinvestment, and Death: Economic and Human Losses Following Environmental Disaster
Anttila-Hughes, Hsiang, (2012) 

Book

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Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus
By Trevor Houser, Solomon Hsiang, Robert Kopp, Kate Larsen, Michael Delgado, Amir Jina, Michael Mastrandrea, Shashank Mohan, Robert Muir-Wood, D. J. Rasmussen, James Rising, Paul Wilson