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Tatyana Deryugina is an associate professor of finance at the University of Illinois and a research associate in NBER’s Environment and Energy Economics Program. She is a coeditor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and the NBER journal Environmental and Energy Policy and the Economy.

Deryugina’s research focuses on environmental risk. She has studied the economic costs of both natural and man-made environmental shocks, including hurricanes, climate change, hazardous substance spills, and air pollution. Her work includes evaluating the impacts of Hurricane Katrina on the long-run labor market outcomes and survival of residents of New Orleans; estimating the social costs of acute air pollution exposure; and assessing the effect of temperature on the US economy. She has also investigated how farmers adjust their crop insurance choices in anticipation of disaster assistance, how scientific opinions affect laypersons’ beliefs about climate change, and how building energy codes and electricity prices affect energy consumption.

Deryugina holds a PhD in economics from MIT, and a BA in applied mathematics and a BS in environmental economics from the University of California, Berkeley.


1. “The Fiscal Cost of Hurricanes: Disaster Aid versus Social Insurance,” Deryugina T. NBER Working Paper 22272, May 2016, and American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 9(3), August 2017, pp. 168–198.   Go to ⤴︎
2. “Is the Supply of Charitable Donations Fixed? Evidence from Deadly Tornadoes,” Deryugina T, Marx B. NBER Working Paper 27078, May 2020.   Go to ⤴︎
3. “Natural Disasters and Elective Medical Services: How Big Is the Bounce-Back?” Deryugina T, Gruber J, Sabety A. NBER Working Paper 27505, July 2020.   Go to ⤴︎
4. “The Economic Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Its Victims: Evidence from Individual Tax Returns,” Deryugina T, Kawano L, Levitt S. NBER Working Paper 20713, November 2014, and American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 10(2), April 2018, pp. 202–233.     Go to ⤴︎
5. “Does When You Die Depend on Where You Live? Evidence from Hurricane Katrina,” Deryugina T, Molitor D. NBER Working Paper 24822, December 2019, and American Economic Review 110(11), November 2020, pp. 3602–3633.   Go to ⤴︎

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