Alice Zhang

Postdoctoral Research Associate (2019-20)
3-C-23 Green Hall

I am an economist passionate about environmental and social justice issues. My research seeks to improve our understanding of how large-scale natural and social processes, such as anthropogenic climate change, natural disasters, and forced migration, affect economic development and human welfare. I am especially interested in using cutting-edge data and economic models to address the distributional implications of government policies and provide practical solutions for the challenges of sustainability. At C-PREE, I work with Professor Michael Oppenheimer on the impacts of short- and long-term flooding on the migration and economic wellbeing of coastal communities.

Before joining Princeton, I completed a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development at Columbia University. My doctoral research examines the social and economic costs of forced migration induced by the Three Gorges Dam in China, the global mortality consequences of climate change accounting for adaptation costs and benefits, and the political economy impacts of wind turbine construction in the United States. In ongoing work, I am leading a data collection effort to compile a global geospatial dataset of dams and reservoirs, the Global Dam Tracker (GDAT). Prior to Columbia, I graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A in Economics, Statistics, and a minor in Public Policy.