The Climate, Environment, and Human Capital Working Group

Human capital is widely viewed as playing an essential role in the creation of wealth and economic growth, particularly in developing countries; however, our understanding of the relationship between environmental quality and other elements of human capital is just emerging.

While the impacts of adverse environmental conditions on health are reasonably well understood, our understanding of its relationship to other elements of human capital is not fully formed. Early evidence suggests negative effects on cognitive ability, and school and job performance.

In 2012, in collaboration with the UC Center for Energy and Environmental Economics, the Center for Environmental Economics, and the UC Office of the President Office of Research and Graduate Studies, IGCC launched the Climate, Environment, and Human Capital Working Group, a multicampus consortium of researchers in this emerging field.

Activities

Publications

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Journal Articles

Bharadwaj, Prashant, Matthew Gibson, Joshua Graff Zivin, and Christopher Nielson. "Gray Matters: Fetal Pollution Exposure and Human Capital Formation." Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 4 (2017): 505‒42.

Chang, Tom, Joshua Graff Zivin, Tal Gross, and Matthew Neidell. "Particulate Pollution and the Productivity of Pear Packers." American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 8 (2016): 141‒69.

Currie, Janet, Joshua Graff Zivin, Jamie Mullins, and Matthew Neidell. "What Do We Know About Short and Long Term Effects of Early Life Exposure to Pollution?" Annual Review of Resource Economics 6 (2014): 217‒47.

Graff Zivin, Joshua, Solomon M. Hsiang, and Matthew Neidell. "Temperature and Human Capital in the Short-and Long-Run."  Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 5, no. 1 (2018): 77‒105.

Graff Zivin, Joshua, and Matthew Neidell. "Air Pollution's Hidden Impacts.Science 359 (2018): 39‒40.

Graff Zivin, Joshua, and Matthew Neidell. “Temperature and the Allocation of Time: Implications for Climate Change.” Journal of Labor Economics 32 (2014): 1‒26.

Graff Zivin, Joshua, and Matthew Neidell. “Environment, Health, and Human Capital.” Journal of Economic Literature 51 (2013): 689‒730.

Graff Zivin, Joshua, and Matthew Neidell. "The Impact of Pollution on Worker Productivity." American Economic Review  102 (2012): 3652‒73.

Graff Zivin, Joshua, and Jeffrey Shrader. "Temperature Extremes, Health, and Human Capital." The Future of Children 26, no. 1 (2016): 31‒50.

Working Papers

Chang, Tom, Joshua Graff Zivin, Tal Gross, and Matthew Neidell. "The Effect of Pollution on Worker Productivity: Evidence From Call-Center Workers in China." 21st Century China Center Research Paper No. 2018-09. December 5, 2018.

Graff Zivin, Joshua, Yingquan Song, Peng Zhang. and Qu Tang. "Temperature and High-Stakes Cognitive Performance: Evidence From The National College Entrance Examination in China." 21st Century China Center Research Paper No. 2018-08. December 6, 2018.