Olivier Deschenes

Olivier Deschenes

Olivier Deschenes is a Professor of Economics at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he is also affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Management. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and Research Fellow and Program Director of IZA’s research area in Environment and Labor Markets, in Bonn, Germany. He 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.

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

California Environment Protection Agency, AB 74 Study: Demand and Supply of Fossil Fuels. March 2020-March 2022. $1,500,000 (co-PI with Deshmukh, D. Lea and K. Meng).

National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Grant number R21ES019375. “Using Medication Purchases to Measure the Health Consequences of Air Pollution” (with M. Greenstone and J. Shapiro). $334,951. 


Deschenes, O (with J. Weill, M. Springborn, and M. Stigler). 2020. 
"Social Distancing Responses to COVID-19 Emergency Declarations Strongly Differentiated by Income. "
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  202009412.
Deschenes, O (with H. Wang, S. Wang, and P. Zhang). 2020. 
"The Effect of Air Pollution on Body Weight and Obesity: Evidence from China. "
Journal of Development Economics, Volume 145,
Deschenes, O, (with W. Botzen and M. Sanders). 2019. 
"The Economic Impacts of Natural Disasters: A Review of Models and Empirical Studies. "
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Volume 13, pp. 167–188
Deschenes, Olivier with A. Barreca, and M. Guldi. 2018.
"Maybe Next Month? Temperature Shocks, Climate Change, and Dynamic Adjustments in Birth Rates."
Demography, Volume 55, pp. 1269-1293
Deschenes, Olivier with P. Zhang, K. Meng, and J. Zhang.  2018. 
"Temperature Effects on Productivity and Factor Reallocation: Evidence from a Half Million Chinese Manufacturing Plants."
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Volume 88, Number 3, pp. 1-17.
Deschenes, Olivier with M. Greenstone and J. Shapiro. 2017. 
"Defensive Investments and the Demand for Air Quality: Evidence from the NOx Budget Program."
American Economic Review, Volume 107, Number 10, pp. 2958-89. 
Deschenes, Olivier with S. Gaines and A. Larsen. 2017. 
"Agricultural Pesticide Use and Adverse Birth Outcomes in the San Joaquin Valley of California."
NatureCommunications, 8(302), pp. 1-14.
Deschenes, Olivier. 2016.
"Adapting to Climate Change: The Remarkable Decline in the U.S. Temperature-Mortality Relationship over the 20th Century (with A. Barreca, K. Clay, M. Greenstone, and J. Shapiro)"
Journal of Political Economy, February 2016, Volume 124, Number 1, pp. 105-159
Deschenes, Olivier. 2016. 
"Children and Climate Change: Introducing the Issue (with J. Currie)."
Future of Children, Spring 2016, Volume 26, Number 1, pp. 3-9
Deschenes, Olivier with S. Gaines and A. Larsen. 2015.
"Spatiotemporal Variation in the Relationship Between Landscape Simplification and Insecticide Use."
Ecological Applications
Deschenes, Olivier. 2015. 
"Green Jobs."
In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, edited by James D. Wright, 2015, pp. 372-378
Deschenes, Olivier. 2015. 
"Convergence in Adaptation to Climate Change: Evidence from High Temperatures and Mortality, 1900-2004 (with A. Barreca, K. Clay, M. Greenstone, and J. Shapiro)."
American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, May 2015, Volume 105, Number 5, pp. 247-251
Deschenes, Olivier. Forthcoming. 
"Climate Change, Human Health, and Adaptation: A Review of the Empirical Literature"
Energy Economics(NBER Working Paper No. 18345) 
Research Themes:
C. Costello, O. Deschênes, A.E. Larsen, S. Gaines.
"Removing biases in forecasts of fisheries status."
Journal of Bioeconomics.
Deschenes, Olivier. 2014. 
"Temperature, Human Health, and Adaptation."
A Review of the Empirical Literature, Energy Economics, November 2014, Volume 46, pp. 606-619
Deschenes, Olivier. 2014. 
"Environmental Regulations and Labor Markets"
IZA World of Labor.
Deschenes, Olivier.
"Climate Policy and Labor Markets"
The Design and Implementation of U.S. Climate Policy, Edited by Don Fullerton and Catherine Wolfram, University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Deschenes, Olivier and M. Greenstone.
"The Economic Impacts of Climate Change: Evidence from Agricultural Profits and Random Fluctuations in Weather: Reply"
American Economic Review, December 2012, Volume 102, Number 7, pp. 3761-3773.
Deschenes, Olivier, C. Costello, D. Ovando, R. Hilborn, S. Gaines, and S. Lester.
"Status and Solutions for the World's Unassessed Fisheries"
Science, October 26 2012, 338, 517-520.
Deschênes, Olivier, Michael Greenstone
"Climate Change, Mortality, and Adaptation: Evidence from Annual Fluctuations in Weather in the US"
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 3 (October 2011): 152-185.