In this lecture, Amir Jina will discuss his, and others', findings on the long-run effects of disasters on economies and human well-being. In particular, what effects we see and how we measure them, and what do we know about strategies to reduce the negative effects of disasters in the long-term. Amir will highlight the case of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, his recent experience of working with the US government there to predict the trajectory of their economy going forward, and the enormous structural challenges facing them as they attempt to rebuild.
Amir Jina is an Assistant Professor at University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, researching 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 change and natural disasters in rich and poor countries and has conducted fieldwork in India, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Uganda. Amir is a founding member of the Climate Impact Lab, an interdisciplinary collaboration estimating the Social Cost of Carbon with state-of-the-art empirical methods. Amir received his PhD in sustainable development from Columbia University and previously worked with the Red Cross/Red Crescent in South Asia and as a high school teacher in Japan.