Sol Hsiang on Climate Change and Civil Conflicts

Topic: Climate Change and Civil Conflicts

Institution: Princeton University

Bio: Solomon Hsiang is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at STEP in the Woodrow Wilson School. Hsiang studies the impact of environmental changes on social systems, with a focus on social responses to climatic changes. Using tools from econometrics and climate physics, Hsiang studies the social costs and benefits of different climatic conditions.  By improving our understanding of these relationships, his work informs policies that support economic development while intelligently managing the global climate.

Hsiang received a B.S. in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2006), a B.S. in Urban Studies and Planning from MIT (2006) and a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University (2011).
Episode Summary:
Sol Hsiang of Princeton University discusses how the global climate affects the prevalence of violent civil conflicts, as well as economic output and other measures of human productivity.
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