Rachel Young is a first year (September 2018) student in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) Ph.D. program. Her research intersects climate science and labor economics to understand the affect of climate-related disasters on the economy. Rachel’s recent work examines the long-run impact of hurricanes on labor and health outcomes, including employment and mortality. Before starting at Princeton, Rachel was a full-time research assistant for Prof. Jesse Rothstein (Economics and Public Policy, UC Berkeley) at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. In her position, she helped analyze the effect of graduating from college during the recession on long-term earnings and employment.
Rachel completed her MPP at the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP), UC Berkeley, in 2017. Rachel began her research career as a policy analyst for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, in Washington D.C., where she evaluated national energy efficiency legislation. Rachel holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Lewis & Clark College. During her college years she worked as a climate activist with the Sierra Student Coalition and Avaaz.org. In her free time, Rachel enjoys trail running and crocheting.