February 5, 2017 9:00 pm / 10:00 pm
CHS 33-105 (Center for Health Sciences)
About the Seminar: How does heat stress affect economic welfare? Recent empirical work suggests that heat stress and its effects on the human body and brain may, in addition to its direct effects on mortality and morbidity, also influence a variety of labor and human capital-related outcomes including labor productivity and educational attainment. This seminar will provide a brief overview of some of the recent work in this evolving area of applied economics, and explore potential implications for climate policy and education policy. We will also discuss potential implications for racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps, given the centrality of education and human capital in determining income trajectories over time.