Tatyana Deryugina

Updated October 2018

Contact information

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
4029 Business Instructional Facility
515 East Gregory Drive, MC-520
Champaign, IL 61820

Phone: 217-333-9498
Web: deryugina.com 

Academic Positions

2012 – Assistant Professor, Department of Finance, Department of Economics (courtesy appointment), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2018 – Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
2015 – Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, Environmental and Energy Economics Program
2011 – 2012 Lecturer of Finance, Department of Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


2012 Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
2006 B.A., Applied Mathematics, University of California at Berkeley (magna cum laude).
2006 B.S., Environmental Economics and Policy, University of California at Berkeley  (summa cum laude).

Peer-reviewed Publications (reverse chronological order)

“The Distributional Consequences of Building Energy Codes.” (with Chris Bruegge and Erica Myers). Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, forthcoming.
“The Economic Impact of Hurricane Katrina on its Victims: Evidence from Individual Tax Returns.” (with Laura Kawano and Steven Levitt). 2018. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 10(2).
“Does the Samaritan’s Dilemma Matter? Evidence from Crop Insurance.” (with Barrett Kirwan). 2018. Economic Inquiry, 56(2).
“Impacts of Crop Insurance on Water Withdrawals for Irrigation.” (with Megan Konar). 2017. Advances in Water Resources(top-ranked journal in water resources), 110.
“The Fiscal Cost of Hurricanes: Disaster Aid Versus Social Insurance”. 2017. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 9(3): 168-198.
“The Effect of Information Provision on Public Consensus About Climate Change.” (with Olga Shurchkov). 2016. PLoS ONE,April.
“Now You See It, Now You Don’t: the Vanishing Beauty Premium.” (with Olga Shurchkov). 2015. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 116: 331-345.
“Does Beauty Matter in Undergraduate Education?” (with Olga Shurchkov). 2015. Economic Inquiry, 53(2): 940-961.
“How Do People Update? The Effects of Local Weather Fluctuations on Beliefs About Global Warming.” 2013. ClimaticChange, 118(2): 397-416.

Working Papers (no particular order)

“The Effect of Pollution on Health and Health Care Utilization: Evidence from Changes in Wind Direction.” (with Garth Heutel, Nolan Miller, David Molitor, and Julian Reif, NBER Working Paper 22796). Revision requested, American Economic Review.
“The Long-Run Elasticity of Electricity Demand: Evidence from Municipal Electric Aggregation.” (with Alex MacKay and Julian Reif, NBER Working Paper 23483). Revision requested, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
“Firm-Level Financial Resources and Environmental Spills.” (with Jonathan Cohn).
“Does When You Die Depend on Where You Live? Evidence from Hurricane Katrina.” (with David Molitor).
“The Marginal Product of Climate.” (with Solomon Hsiang, NBER Working Paper 24072)

Major Grants

“Energy Policy Tradeoffs between Economic Efficiency and Distributional Equity” (equal contribution with Don Fullerton and Billy Pizer), Sloan Foundation, 2016-2018.
“The Long-Run Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Mortality, Morbidity and Health Care Cost Among the Elderly” (equal contribution with David Molitor), National Institute of Health, R21 grant, 2016-2018.
“The Impact of Temperature and Pollution on Mortality, Morbidity, and Health Care
Cost Among the Elderly” (co-PI under PI Nolan Miller), National Institute of Health, R01 grant, 2016-2021.

Minor Grants, Fellowships, Honors, and Awards

2012, 2015, List of Teachers Ranked As Excellent by Their Students, UIUC
2012, 2014 Campus Research Board Award (Grant), UIUC
2009 Price Theory Scholar, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
2008-2009 MIT Energy Initiative Fellow
2007 George and Obie Shultz Fund Grant
2006-2008 MIT Presidential Fellow
2006-2009 National Science Foundation Fellowship
2006 Best Undergraduate Paper Finalist, IAEA
2006 Departmental Citation (UC Berkeley Environmental Economics and Policy)

Reviewer Service

(alphabetical order)

American Economic Review, American Economic Review: Insights, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics,American Economic Journal: Economic Policy,Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Canadian Journal of Economics, Climate Change Economics, Climatic Change Letters, Ecological Economics, Economic Inquiry, Economic Journal, Economics and Human Biology, Economics Letters, Empirical Economics, European Commission, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Capital, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of the European Economics Association, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Public Economics, Management Science,National Science Foundation, Nature, Nature Climatic Change, PLoS ONE, Population and Environment, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Public Finance Review, Public Choice, Quarterly Journal of Economics, RAND Journal of Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Sloan Foundation.

Firm-Level Financial Resources and Environmental Spills*

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Using novel US environmental spill data, we document a robust negative relationship between the number of spills a firm experiences in a given year and its contemporaneous and lagged (but not future) cash flow. In addition, studying two natural experiments, we find an increase (decrease) in spills following negative (positive) shocks to

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

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We design a laboratory experiment to test the extent to which the often-observed “beauty premium” – a positive relationship between attractiveness and wages – is context-specific. Using three realistic worker tasks, we find that the existence of the “beauty premium” indeed depends on the task: while relatively more attractive workers receive higher

The Fiscal Cost of Hurricanes: Disaster Aid Versus Social Insurance

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Little is known about the fiscal costs of natural disasters, especially regard- ing social safety nets that do not specifically target extreme weather events. This paper shows that US hurricanes lead to substantial increases in non- disaster government transfers, such as unemployment insurance and public medical payments, in affected counties in the

Does Beauty Matter in Undergraduate Education?

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Physically attractive individuals achieve greater success in terms of earnings and status than those who are less attractive. However, whether this “beauty premium” arises primarily because of differences in ability or confidence, bias, or sorting remains unknown. We use a rich dataset from a women’s college to evaluate each of these three