Olivier Deschenes

Research Fellow and Program Director

University of California, Santa Barbara

Olivier Deschenes is Professor of Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he is also affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. He is also Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.

Deschenes' recent research seeks to determine the potential economic impacts of climate change on human health and agricultural productivity in the U.S. and around the world using historical data. His ongoing research examines the effect of energy prices on labor markets in the context of climate policies, the relationship between extreme temperature and health in India, the impact in utero exposure to extreme weather on prenatal and neonatal infant health, and the effect of temperature and ambient pollution fluctuations on worker productivity.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2011. Since July 2012 he acts as Program Coordinator of IZA’s research area on the Environment and Labor Markets.