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

Covid-19 and Livestock Processing Line Speed Waivers

The Washington Post has released an investigative story: The Trump administration approved faster line speeds at chicken plants. Those facilities are more likely to have covid-19 cases and builds on work by first posted by Charles Taylor, Chris Boulos, and CEEP co-director Douglas Almond  in CEEP Working Paper #13 and published by PNAS.


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