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Olivier Deschenes


Olivier Deschenes is a Professor of Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he is also affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Management. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and Research Fellow and Program Director of IZA’s research area in Environment and Labor Markets, in Bonn, Germany. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University. Deschenes' recent research seeks to determine the potential economic impacts of climate change on human health and agricultural productivity in the U.S. and around the world using historical data. His ongoing research examines the effect of energy prices on labor markets in the context of climate policies, the relationship between extreme temperature and health in India, the impact in utero exposure to extreme weather on prenatal and neonatal infant health, and the effect of temperature and ambient pollution fluctuations on worker productivity.

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Grant number R21ES019375. “Using Medication Purchases to Measure the Health Consequences of Air Pollution” (with M. Greenstone and J. Shapiro). $334,951. 

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Broom Center Publications
Deschenes, Olivier with A. Barreca, and M. Guldi. 2018.
"Maybe Next Month? Temperature Shocks, Climate Change, and Dynamic Adjustments in Birth Rates. "
Demography, Volume 55, pp. 1269-1293
Deschenes, Olivier with P. Zhang, K. Meng, and J. Zhang.  2018. 
"Temperature Effects on Productivity and Factor Reallocation: Evidence from a Half Million Chinese Manufacturing Plants. "
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Volume 88, Number 3, pp. 1-17.
Deschenes, Olivier with M. Greenstone and J. Shapiro. 2017. 
"Defensive Investments and the Demand for Air Quality: Evidence from the NOx Budget Program. "
American Economic Review, Volume 107, Number 10, pp. 2958-89. 
Deschenes, Olivier with S. Gaines and A. Larsen. 2017. 
" Agricultural Pesticide Use and Adverse Birth Outcomes in the San Joaquin Valley of California. "
NatureCommunications, 8(302), pp. 1-14.
Deschenes, Olivier. 2016.
"Adapting to Climate Change: The Remarkable Decline in the U.S. Temperature-Mortality Relationship over the 20th Century (with A. Barreca, K. Clay, M. Greenstone, and J. Shapiro)"
Journal of Political Economy, February 2016, Volume 124, Number 1, pp. 105-159
Deschenes, Olivier. 2016. 
"Children and Climate Change: Introducing the Issue (with J. Currie)."
Future of Children, Spring 2016, Volume 26, Number 1, pp. 3-9
Deschenes, Olivier. 2015. 
"Convergence in Adaptation to Climate Change: Evidence from High Temperatures and Mortality, 1900-2004 (with A. Barreca, K. Clay, M. Greenstone, and J. Shapiro)."
American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, May 2015, Volume 105, Number 5, pp. 247-251
Deschenes, Olivier. 2015. 
"Green Jobs."
In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, edited by James D. Wright, 2015, pp. 372-378
C. Costello, O. DeschĂȘnes, A.E. Larsen, S. Gaines.
"Removing biases in forecasts of fisheries status."
Journal of Bioeconomics.
Deschenes, Olivier. Forthcoming. 
"Climate Change, Human Health, and Adaptation: A Review of the Empirical Literature"
Energy Economics(NBER Working Paper No. 18345) 
Deschenes, Olivier. 2014. 
"Environmental Regulations and Labor Markets"
IZA World of Labor.
Deschenes, Olivier. 2014. 
"Temperature, Human Health, and Adaptation."
A Review of the Empirical Literature, Energy Economics, November 2014, Volume 46, pp. 606-619
Deschenes, Olivier and M. Greenstone.
"The Economic Impacts of Climate Change: Evidence from Agricultural Profits and Random Fluctuations in Weather: Reply "
American Economic Review, December 2012, Volume 102, Number 7, pp. 3761-3773.
Deschenes, Olivier, C. Costello, D. Ovando, R. Hilborn, S. Gaines, and S. Lester.
"Status and Solutions for the World's Unassessed Fisheries "
Science, October 26 2012, 338, 517-520.
Deschenes, Olivier.
"Climate Policy and Labor Markets"
The Design and Implementation of U.S. Climate Policy, Edited by Don Fullerton and Catherine Wolfram, University of Chicago Press, 2012.
DeschĂȘnes, Olivier, Michael Greenstone
"Climate Change, Mortality, and Adaptation: Evidence from Annual Fluctuations in Weather in the US"
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 3 (October 2011): 152–185.