Research Areas

Climate Change

The effects of weather and changes in the global climate on agricultural output is well documented. Recent research by CEEP’s faculty and students shows that other sectors in both developing and developed countries are also very much influenced by weather, including overall GDP, crime, conflict, and various educational outcomes such as student test scores.


The Environmental Protection Agency continuously conducts benefit-cost analyses to examine whether lower pollution standards result in health benefits that outweigh the cost of such regulations. The largest of the measured benefits is generally attributable to human mortality and morbidity impacts, often surpassing 80% of overall benefits. CEEP affiliates have conducted several studies to measures these effects. For example, in late 2018, there was a push to relax radiation limits and there is an ongoing discussion whether doing so will result in health costs.

Recent News

Cicadas, Insecticides & children

The Economist featured the work by Charles Taylor on the periodic recurrence of cicadas, which feed on the roots of trees and hence lead to an increase in pesticide use in counties with tree crops whenever they reemerge every 13 or 17 years.  The higher pesticide use is associated with higher infant mortality as well a reduction is high school graduation 18 years later. Here is also a video when Charles presented the findings at the inaugural CEEP conference


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