Joshua S. Graff Zivin

Professor Joshua Graff Zivin is IGCC Research Director for International Environmental and Health Studies and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He holds a dual faculty appointment at the Department of Economics and the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. 

Much of Graff Zivin's 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. Policy relevance serves as a guiding force behind all of this work.

Graff Zivin currently serves as chief economist for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Economic Council on Planetary Health. He is also co-director of UC San Diego’s Global Health Institute. He received his PhD in agricultural and resource economics from UC Berkeley.

  • environment
  • development economics
  • health and human capital
  • innovation economics
  • health interventions