Solomon Hsiang

Solomon Hsiang

Associate Professor
Goldman School of Public Policy
(510) 643-5751
Research Expertise and Interest
agriculture, climate change, environment, International, Coupled Natural and Human Systems, political economy, development economics, applied econometrics
Research Description

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 Nature, Science, 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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December 20, 2018
A group of sixteen leading climate scientists, including public policy professor Solomon Hsiang, has issued a report asserting that there is more evidence than ever that the Environmental Protection Agency needs to continue regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Supporting the argument, they cite the most conclusive evidence to date that climate change is harming the health and welfare of Americans. The paper comes at a time when the Trump administration and Republican members of Congress are aiming to undo the 2009 decision that included greenhouse gases in the regulatory menu of the Clean Air Act. "Since the original Supreme Court decision, we have learned a huge amount about the potential human and economic costs of climate change, both in the U.S. and around the globe," Professor Hsiang says. "A revolution in interdisciplinary research linking climate science, economics and data science is opening our eyes to what may lie ahead." This story originated at Berkeley News.