Amir Jina

Assistant Professor
Harris Public Policy

Amir Jina conducts interdisciplinary research on how economic and social development is shaped by the environment. He uses applied economic techniques, climate science, and remote sensing to understand the impacts of climate in both rich and poor countries, and has conducted fieldwork in India, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Uganda. He is a founding member of the Climate Impact Lab, an interdisciplinary collaboration estimating the social cost of carbon through the use of state-of-the-art empirical methods.

He is currently a co–principal investigator for a randomized controlled trial involving an evaluation of the economic impacts of passive cooling technologies in Delhi, which is being undertaken by the University of Chicago Urban Labs, the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC), and EPIC’s India Office. His prior research has been published in Science, Current Climate Change Reports, and the American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings.

Jina holds BA degrees in mathematics and theoretical physics from Trinity College Dublin, as well as an MA in climate and society and a PhD in sustainable development from Columbia University. Previously he was a visiting researcher at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on the Risky Business Project.

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