Solomon Hsiang

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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

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

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

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

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)

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

Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus
Houser, Kopp, Hsiang, Delgado, Jina, Larsen, Mastrandrea, Mohan, Muir-Wood, Rasmussen, Rising, Wilson, Columbia University Press (2015)

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

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

Selected Working Papers

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

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)

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