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Joshua Graff Zivin

Joshua Graff Zivin holds dual faculty positions at the School of Global Policy and Strategy and UC San Diego’s Department of Economics, exemplifying his multidisciplinary research. His research interests are broad and include the areas of environmental, health, development, and innovation economics. Policy relevance serves as a guiding force behind all of this work.

Much of his current work is focused on three distinct areas of research: the relationship between the environment, health and human capital, the economics of innovation with a particular eye toward the role of institutions, social networks and financial incentives, and the design of health interventions and their economic impacts.

Graff Zivin is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He currently serves as co-director of UC San Diego’s Global Health Institute and research director for International Environmental and Health Studies at the UC Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation.

After receiving his PhD from UC Berkeley, Graff Zivin was an associate professor at the Mailman School of Public Health and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he served as director of their PhD program in sustainable development.

  • Environment
  • Health
  • Development
  • Innovation economics

Bharadwaj, P., M. Gibson, J. Graff Zivin, and C. Neilson. 2017. "Gray Matters: Fetal Pollution Exposure and Human Capital Formation." Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 4:505–42.

Chang, T., J. Graff Zivin, T. Gross, and M. Neidell. 2016. "Particulate Pollution and the Productivity of Pear Packers." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy  8:14169.

Graff Zivin, J., M. Damon, and H. Thirumurthy. 2015. "Health Shocks and Natural Resource Management: Evidence from Western Kenya." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 69:3652.

Graff Zivin, Joshua, Solomon Hsiang, and Matthew Neidell. 2018. "Temperature and Human Capital in the Short- and Long-Run." Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 5:77–105. DOI: 10.1086/694177.

Graff Zivin, J,, M. Kotchen, and E. Mansur. 2014. "Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity of Marginal Emissions: Implications for Electric Cars and Other Electricity-Shifting Policies." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 107:24868.

Graff Zivin, Joshuaand Matthew Neidell. 2018. "Air Pollution’s Hidden Impacts." Science 359:39–40. .

Graff Zivin, J., and M. Neidell. 2014. "Temperature and the Allocation of Time: Implications for Climate Change." Journal of Labor Economics 32:126.

Graff Zivin, J.  and M. Neidell. 2013. "Environment, Health, and Human Capital." Journal of Economic Literature 51:689730.

Guirguis, Kristen, Rupa Basu, Wael K. Al-Delaimy, Tarik Benmarhnia, Rachel E. S. Clemesha, Isabel Corcos, Janin Guzman-Morales, Brittany Hailey, Ivory Small, Alexander Tardy, Devesh Vashishtha, Joshua Graff Zivin, and Alexander Gershunov. 2018. "Heat, Disparities, and Health Outcomes in San Diego County’s Diverse Climate Zones." GeoHealth 2:212–23. DOI: 10.1029/2017GH000127.