About Me


My research focuses on environmental risk. Some of my work includes evaluating the impacts of Hurricane Katrina on the long-run labor market outcomes and survival of residents of New Orleans; estimating the social costs of acute air pollution exposure, both in terms of medical spending and life years lost; and assessing the effect of temperature in the U.S. economy. I have also investigated how farmers adjust their crop insurance choices in anticipation of disaster assistance; how scientific opinions affect laypersons’ beliefs about climate change; and how building energy codes and electricity prices affect energy consumption.

I am a co-editor at the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE) and at Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy. I also serve on the board of editors of AEJ: Policy. I am affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), the E2e Project, and the CESifo Research Network.

In my spare time, I work on Academic Sequitur (AcademicSequitur.com), a tool to help researchers stay up to date on recent research. You tell us who and what you want to follow and we notify you about new papers matching your interests. I think it’s pretty amazing. I am also raising two wonderful little humans.

I was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and moved to the Bay Area when I was 12. I majored in Environmental Economics and Policy and Applied Math at UC Berkeley. From there, I went to MIT, getting a PhD in Economics in 2012.

To contact me, email “my last name, but without the `a’ at the end”@illinois.edu. You can also email “my first name”@”my last name”.com